Sanzaf wins award

Egshaan Ariefdien handed out snack packs to the children.

The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) has bagged a prestigious award for its work in alleviating
poverty.

Sanzaf won the capacity-building category of the Global Good Governance Awards, or 3G Awards, which were scheduled to take place in Indonesia but were instead live-streamed on Monday June 8 because of the Covid-19 crisis.

The awards promote good governance and commitment to social welfare in three areas: government and politics, the corporate sector, and the social and philanthropic sector.

Since their inception, more than 150 awards have been presented to people and institutions from around the world.

Yasmina Francke, the CEO of Sanzaf, said the award reflected the organisation’s 46-year commitment to changing lives by fighting poverty.

“Our focus is on skills development, education and capacity building to ensure long-term sustainable solutions that would give rise to a dignified existence for those we serve,” she said.

Professor Humayon Dar, chairperson of the Global Good Governance Awards, said Sanzaf had won a very competitive category.

“Only the best institutions in their class have won this award. Sanzaf’s comprehensive range of activities contributed to this success, for which I congratulate the whole team, especially the top management.”

Sanzaf national chairwoman Fayruz Mohamed said their bursary, mentorship, vocational training, skills development and small-business development programmes, among others, offered sustainable solutions to the poor and unemployed.

“This has always been done in a manner that is transparent and accountable. We are humbled to receive this prestigious 3G award for capacity building and thank the team at 3G Awards for their efforts in delivering on these awards amidst the current challenges of the global pandemic,” she said.