29 July 2015 Volume :3 Issue :35

R2 million donation to UKZN

R2 million donation to UKZN
From left: Mrs Shaheda Asmal, SANZAF Durban Accountant; Mr G H Suleman and Mr Lesiba Seshoka.

The South African National Zakáh Fund (SANZAF) has donated R2 million to UKZN for the 2015 academic year – the money has been earmarked to assist deserving students with fees.

SANZAF, a social welfare and educational organisation which operates through 29 offices nationally,  is involved in assisting  the poor and needy to become self-sufficient and self-sustainable through a variety of projects and programmes including feeding schemes, bursary programmes, skills development and training programmes, including a hospitality course during which participants are trained to be chefs.

Provincial co-ordinator of SANZAF, Mr G H Suleman, said the organisation focused on development and relief in an effort to break the cycle of poverty through its skills training programmes.

‘We want to change the lives of people. We don’t want to make the poor dependent on handouts throughout their lives,’ said Suleman.

‘Consequently, by ploughing more resources and funding into the skills training and development programme, the children in underprivileged families can acquire academic skills or pursue other careers.’

Executive Director of Corporate Relations at UKZN, Mr Lesiba Seshoka, said the University was grateful for the ongoing support and that the donation would empower people for life.

* To contribute to a SANZAF project or programme, phone 0861 726 923 or visit www.sanzaf.org.za, like SANZAF on Facebook or follow @SANZAFSA on Twitter.

Raylene Captain-Hasthibeer

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