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Historic Community Waqf Fund Initiated

A historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  was signed  between Awqaf SA and the Kwanobuhle Muslim Community Trust  (KMC) regarding the creation of a Masjid/Community  Based  Community Waqf Fund. The agreement was signed at a special signing ceremony during the 7th House of Ummah Stakeholders meeting held at Islamia College, Cape Town. The Community Waqf Fund initiated by AWQAF SA is  designed to empower  local and emerging Muslim Communitiies, particularly  in poor communities living in “townships”. According Awqaf SA Deputy CEO, Br Mickaeel Collier  who presided the signing together with KMC  trustee, Br Thandile Kona, “South Africa has a diverse range of Muslim communities  in terms of income distribution – those that are living on the fringes of poverty and those that have been blessed with abundance.  There are those that are self-sufficient, self-reliant, and resilient  while there are others that are dependent on  their wages supplemented by generous donors.  And herein lies the problem.” The Waqf system is designed to ensure that poverty is eradicated so that the poor are empowered and become self sufficient and self reliant too. However, because the Prophetic & Divine waqf system is  hardly articulated and is largely absent from our educational institutions, nobody has heard or learnt about it from authentic sources. This scenario imposes a duty on the community to ensure that knowledge about the waqf system is transmitted, internalized, and acted upon in droves by the larger Muslim community as a form redistribution of wealth – the very noble objective envisioned by ...

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67+Boreholes for MandelaDay

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday 17 July 2016 67+ Boreholes for #MandelaDay Operation Hydrate and Awqaf South Africa, supported by, amongst others, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Department of Water and Sanitation have pledged to drill 67+ boreholes in drought stricken areas of South Africa over the coming months. The value of the boreholes is around R7-million. A further 28 boreholes will be set-up at a cost of R3-million later this year which will take the total to 95. Former President Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. In a joint statement, the four organizations said: “We are all committed to continue assisting communities in need of water. The drought is far from over and these boreholes will go a long way in providing much needed water to communities in at least six provinces.” CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang, has welcomed the initiative. “This announcement is in line with our plans to make every day a Mandela Day. “Water is life and these boreholes will provide thousands of liters of water to communities suffering from the drought while supporting our commitment to food security,” said Hatang. Operation Hydrate’s Yaseen Theba, said the partnership with Awqaf SA, was the biggest single drive for boreholes this year. “We decided to launch it on Mandela Day 2016 to keep Madiba’s legacy alive. The 67 boreholes and the additional 28 will certainly quench the thirst of thousands of people across our country. It is a long term ...

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