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SANZAF invests in islamic institutions

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The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) handed over a cheque worth R371 160 to the International Peace College South Africa (IPSA) earlier this week, that will benefit 41 students.

So far this year, SANZAF has assisted 183 students at 17 Islamic institutions across the Western Cape with bursaries totalling R800 000.

SANZAF has been assisting students at IPSA since 2012 and has spent R717 160 to date, which has assisted some 86 students.

SANZAF believes that the development of young minds through education and skills training is a key catalyst in breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering tomorrow’s leaders.

The SANZAF Bursary Fund forms part of the SANZAF Education, Empowerment and Development (SEED) Programme, which has five tiers: Early Childhood Development, Youth and Community Development, Islamic Studies, Vocational Training and Tertiary Education. SEED is aimed at empowering and helping help those in need of financial assistance to achieve their full potential starting at nursery school level through to post-graduate studies.

SANZAF Western Cape Acting Administrator Abdurazaaq Razaaq, said: “We are very much aware of the fact that a sound education is an essential tool for any person who wishes to be successful in today’s tough labour market. SANZAF therefore employs very specific criteria to ensure that the bursaries benefit those who need it most.”

SANZAF Western Cape Chairperson Moulana Hassim Cassiem said: “SANZAF’s projects and programmes are designed to make a constructive difference in the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised members of society.”

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