Climbing the ladder of success with SANZAF

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 26 May 2017| 29 Shabaan 1438

The South African National Zakah Fund (SANZAF) is a faith based organization that organizes a number of outreach activities and extends its services throughout the country.

Besides assisting those in need, SANZAF strives to empower, develop and nurture the youth across the Peninsula through the SANZAF Education Empowerment and Development (SEED) programme.

The programme focuses on Early Childhood Development, Youth and Community Development, Islamic Studies, Vocational Training and Higher Education. Based on stringent criteria, SANZAF supports students in need of financial assistance for further studies, allowing them to venture off into a brighter future without the strain of financial difficulty and armed to face the world of work.

Below is a Students insightful thoughts on their feelings and experiences regarding SANZAF…
Successful Forensic Accounting major Talha Bakharia graduated from North-West University (NWU) in Potchefstroom- He describes the trials and tribulations of life as a student and elaborates the importance of having a vision.

“It took me 5 years to obtain my Honours Degree and I’ll never forget that moment when I failed my major- the pass rate was 50% and I needed 3%. My lecturer advised that I repeat the year,”explains Bakharia who eventually graduated with an Honours Degree from North-West University (NWU) in Potchefstroom.

He adds that he appreciates his accomplishment more because, according to him, there was no “easy way out”.

Furthermore Bakharia first came to hear of SANZAF’s Education Empowerment Development (SEED) bursary programme by a family member who recommended him to apply for a SANZAF bursary.

“I know SANZAF aims to uplift and empower the Muslim youth so I applied for a bursary,”says Bakharia, who believes that financial difficulty should never be an issue for students who are eager and willing to learn.

“People and organizations will assist you if you are determined to learn- so show it!”

To contribute financially or in kind to a SANZAF project or programme, contact 0861 726 923 or visit or click here to be directed to SANZAF’s user friendly website or maybe like SANZAF on Facebook or follow @SANZAFSA on Twitter