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Giving eyesight for Madiba

Local NGO performs free cataract ops in Leratong Hospital AWQAF SOUTH AFRICA, a developmental NGO,  in association with the local Islamic Medical Association (IMA) and the Pakistani Community of South Africa, have run an annual Cataract Project for the past 13 years, and have performed over 5, 200 free cataract operations in South Africa. This year, a Nelson Mandela Commemoration Cataract Camp is being held at Leratong Hospital, Krugersdorp, from 14 to 18 July 2018. According to Awqaf SA deputy CEO Mickaeel Collier, their target is to bestow the gift of sight, at no cost, to at least 67 patients by removing their cataracts. The discharge ceremony of the patients will take place on 18 July at 9:30 am at the Leratong Hospital. The Mandela Cataract Camp is fully sponsored by Awqaf SA. Doctors from the IMA and the Pakistani community provide the medical service, also at no cost. The project is coordinated by Dr Shabbir Hussain from the Pakistani community of South Africa. According to Collier, more cataract camps will be run in Cape Town, and other rural areas, in the near future. For further comment call Mickaeel Collier 082-216-4269

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Youth Islamic Art & Calligraphy Workshop Cape Town

About Awqaf SA in association with SAFIA and the Al Ikhlaas Islamic Library is hosting a School Holiday Calligraphy Workshop as part of the Achmat Soni Art and Calligraphy Waqf project. This is a creative School holiday program to expose school going learners to Islam Art and Calligraphy. A fun and interactive workshop facilitated by Faheem Rhoda Jackson. Week 1 Photo highlights Click here to view Date: Registration is now open for Week 4 Saturday 14 July 2018 Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm Age: 10 – 16 Cost: R250 Enquiries: Hasanain 079 507 1196 Provided: All materials will be provided including: pens, inks and material A meal will be provided Bring an apron with. Registration Seats are limited 15 per class Online registration is essential Registration link: https://goo.gl/forms/x6FXrIkspDCvX0Tw1   Registration ONLINE REGISTRATION LINK: https://goo.gl/forms/nuNy6pNsAVwe4FWm1 Loading… Event flyer

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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