Professor Ashraf Mohammed, head of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) HIV/Aids Unit was recently awarded by an independent foundation for spearheading programmes which strive towards achieving excellence in the HIV/AIDS programs.
The National Awqaf Foundation of South Africa awarded Mohammed at a gala dinner in honour of people who have excelled in the community and who have attained distinctions in their fields of expertise.
“This award is to me a validation and acknowledgment by an independent community organization of our work, and has further boosted the confidence of my staff as the achievement inspires them,” said an ecstatic Mohammed.
Since receiving the award, two community organizations have approached the unit seeking collaboration in HIV/Aids programs in their respective communities.
“Furthermore, just recently I was invited as a guest in a community radio interview to discuss our HIV/Aids programs at CPUT and in the community,” he said.
The foundation said in a letter to Mohammed that he was selected because he is a role model in the community and the broader society.
Established in 2000 as an independent community-based and owned trust, the foundation is a charity organization which funds various community development projects.
By Kwanele Butana