Community leader, Ebrahim Vawda, was appointed Chairman of Muslim Vision 2020 at a Special General Meeting of trustees.
He takes over from retired Educationist and Sports Administrator Ebrahim Osman, one of the founders of Muslim Vision 2020 who was chairman for 17 years, since its inception.
Vawda, former Chief Executive of Albaraka Bank and the Iqraa Trust, is also a founding member of Muslim Vision 2020 and is on the Executive Board of several community organizations, among them the Minara Chamber of Commerce and the South African Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC). He has an impressive profile of corporate management experience and community service.
His Vice-Chairman will be Mahmoud Amra, also a founding member of Muslim Vision 2020 and member of several community organizations.
The other members of the Executive are Ahmed Saeed Moolla as Treasurer and Hafez Mohammed Vawda as Secretary. Both also have an impressive record of community service.
The founding trustees of Muslim Vision 2020 have also decided to obtain the approval of the relevant authorities for the appointment of Ebrahim Vawda, Aslam Ismail and Ahmed Saeed Moola as additional trustees.
Muslim Vision 2020 is an advocacy non-profit organization formed to foster a shared vision to enable the Muslim Community of South Africa to realize its full potential and empower itself to be fully involved in and contribute meaningfully to the development of the nation as a whole.
Its mission and vision is at all times defined by Islamic principles and values.
Its objectives are:
- To act as a facilitator and catalyst for Muslim NGO’s to co-ordinate their activities in a way to bring about optimum use of the community’s resources for the benefit of all irrespective of race, colour or creed.
- To facilitate networking and co-operation between Muslim NGO’s and other similar structures for the common good.
- To facilitate networking between the Muslim Community and decision-makers at local, regional and government levels to enable the community to make meaningful inputs into policy and implementation in matters affecting the Muslim Community.
- To show solidarity with groups and organizations involved in human rights issues at local, national and international levels.
- To engage in activities to enhance the image of Islam and Muslims.
- To monitor the media to ensure fair and objective reporting on issues affecting the Muslim Community.
The new leadership is expected to formulate new programmes and projects to enhance the role of Muslim Vision 2020 as a networking and strategic planning organization to make the Muslim Community a significant role player in the new South Africa.