Latest News
Home » Project News (page 3)

Project News

Cape Town’s Muslims Pushing Back Day Zero: Awqaf SA’s Water Conservation Project

Cape Town, situated at the foot of Africa, is the southernmost city in a water-stressed region. Graced by a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and cold, wet winters, Cape Town has always been dependent on its winter rainfall to get through the dry months of October to April. Already victim to drought cycles, the Western Cape – the area surrounding Cape Town – has been hit by three years of below-average rainfall and deepening climate change, exacerbated by the El-Nino-La-Nina effect, the warming or cooling of the Pacific, which impacts on global weather systems. An example of how devastating the drought has been is indicated by average rainfall figures at Cape Town International Airport. Whilst the normal average precipitation per annum has been just over 500mm, this year saw only 120mm rain falling, and the dams reflecting only 30% of capacity at winter’s end. Coupled with political bickering by the Democratic Alliance (DA), which governs the region, and the African National Congress (ANC), which controls national government, the 6 million citizens of the Cape have been the victims. Warnings about Cape Town running out of water due to increasing demands and population densities have been circulating since the 1970s, and more recently, in 1990 and 2007, when it was finally predicted that if something was not done about increasing capacity, the city’s taps would run dry between 2012 and 2015. Running on models that Cape Town would only see its ‘Day Zero’ in 2022, the city authorities did institute ...

Read More »

Charity group Awqaf South Africa launches the Ahmed Timol Endowment Fund

Awqaf SA press release: FOLLOWING the judgement in the North Gauteng High Court, which ruled Thursday that anti-apartheid activist, Ahmed Timol, was murdered while in detention at John Vorster Square 46 years ago, Awqaf South Africa have announced a R100, 000 endowment fund in his name. Timol, 29, was arrested in Johannesburg in October 1971 – and after five days of torture in detention – died after being pushed from the 10th floor of the police station. Officers at the time said he took his own life. A 1972 inquest ruled Timol’s death was suicide. The landmark case has renewed memories of apartheid-era police brutality uncovered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1998. It has also given hope to families who lost loved ones in circumstances similar to the Timol family. In announcing the launch of the Awqaf South Africa Ahmed Timol Endowment Fund, Awqaf SA Chairman, Haroon Kalla, said it was a fitting tribute to a struggle hero, “a fearless young man who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that others could bask in the light of constitutional freedom.” Kalla said that beneficiaries of the endowment fund would be young people involved in political and developmental studies. We feel that this would be the best way to honour the memory of Ahmed Timol, and we are excited to make this announcement at such an important juncture. In South Africa, we cannot make progress without institutional memory and development. We feel forward- looking projects such as the Ahmed Timol Endowment Fund can ...

Read More »

Community borehole project

The aim of the Community Water project was to provide water to communities in remote parts of South Africa. A series of boreholes was installed and this was made possible with the generous sponsorship by the Ahmed Mohamed Baghlaf Waqf. The project was facilitated by Awqaf SA and Awqaf & Minors Affairs Foundation and coordinated by A.S Kader from Crescent of Hope, South Africa Water project at Lindani school. School based in Sabie, Simile location is no fee school. In the past the school had to adjourned early due to water shortages, this has impacted the school negatively. Since the borehole was installed the school has experienced no water shortages. Sizane Islamic Centre The centre is situated in Sizane, Nelspruit in the Mpumalanga province and serves a community of 60 to 70 families. A borehole was installed on the site and the water will be used for the Madressa pupils, Musallees coming for Salaah and the community. Zwelisha Zwelisha Islamic Centre situated in Nelspruit, Mpumulanga. This centre caters for 60 Musalees. A Borehole was installed at the site of the Zwelisha Islamic Centre. The water will be used for the Madressa pupils, musallees coming for Salaah and the community.

Read More »

K Way Maths Institute / Awqaf SA Maths Intervention Ladysmith

K Way Maths Institute and Awqaf SA conducted a Maths Intervention for 500 learners at the Ezhakeni Community Hall, Ladysmith, KZN from the 22 – 23 August 2017. This was a much needed intervention as learners were producing less than 30% in their Mathematics examinations. The aim of this exercise was to train 500 learners from previously disadvantaged areas in Mathematics in preparation for the 2017 Preliminary Examinations. The learners were transported by their respective schools to the Ezhakeni Community Hall which was a central point. All arrangements for venue and seating were arranged effectively by Mr Sujaad and Mrs Zohra from the Awqaf SA Ladysmith branch. Mohammed Khota from the K Way Maths Institute added that “It was a humbling experience to meet learners and educators from the Ezakheni District in KZN. Educators and learners face major challenges in Mathematics in terms of content and understanding.” Awqaf SA will continue to assist and uplift these poorly performing areas and be of  a greater assistance on a national level.    

Read More »

Receiving Ubuntu, Turkey ambassador meets the community

By Shafiq Morton At a reception dinner hosted by AWQAF SA, held at the Ghazali Centre in Pretoria on 23 August, incoming Turkish ambassador to SA, Elif Comuglu Ulgen, paid tribute to the warm welcome she had received upon arriving in South Africa. A career diplomat who has worked at the UN, NATO and in Pakistan, she is also the serving ambassador for Swaziland and Lesotho. In her address to ulama, community leaders, ambassadors and NGOs, she said that she was touched by her reception upon landing in South Africa. Explaining that landing in a new country can be a daunting experience, she paid tribute to the role of Middle East envoy, Muhammad Dangor – former SA ambassador to Syria and Libya – who took time to ease her into the South African diplomatic landscape. “Ubuntu is what happened to me, and I pay tribute to South African friendship. You are in our hearts. Turkish people never forget their enemies and they never forget their friends,” she said. In a wide-ranging address, the ambassador touched on a number of issues, including Syria. She said meeting the imam of the mosque at the Ghazali Centre had been a moving experience, as he originally came from Aleppo. She said that Turkey’s role in opening her borders to refugees from the Syrian crisis was more than just an issue of them being refugees. Aleppo was a beautiful, historic city with Ottoman heritage. “Syrians are our own people,” she explained, adding that before the ...

Read More »