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The Minara Chamber of Commerce expresses its confidence in the election of Jacob Zuma as the 4th democratically elected President of South Africa and his newly appointed cabinet.

The choice of the cabinet appointees reflects the President’s commitment to service delivery and implementation of policy. The incoming Minister of Trade & Investment, Minister of Finance and the Minister of Planning appointees are well chosen and will  increase business and investor confidence.

Whilst President Zuma has expanded the number of ministries as part of his strategy to overhaul government delivery, we urge the President to be mindful that bureaucracy is not is extended and that our country does not become unduly burdened by the costs of such bureaucracy.

The Minara Chamber of Commerce congratulates all members of the Cabinet and wishes them success in their respective posts. We are certain that under President Zuma the co-operation between government and business will continue to strengthen.

Although we would have been elated, Ebrahim Patel, President of the Minara Chamber of Commerce is not the newly appointed Minister of Economic Plannin.


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Amid 900 influential persons who gathered at a gala dinner in Durban on Wednesday 15 April 2009, in the presence of ANC president Jacob Zuma, the Minara Chamber of Commerce gave recognition to individuals who have contributed positively to the South African and Muslim society in all walks of life.
”The Muslim community has contributed tremendously to the development of South Africa. We are an integral and important part of this rainbow nation and we must continue in our efforts. This evening was to highlight the importance of the Muslim Community and to celebrate its success,” said president of the Chamber, Ebrahim Patel.

The Recognition Awards were presented to 40 Muslim individuals from around the country in the categories of Business, Academics, Professional Excellence, Contribution to Society, Media and Philanthropy.
“It is important for us to recognize and honor those who have done great service to our community. These are the unsung heroes who work without need for fame but whose work does not go unnoticed,” said Solly Suleman, Vice President of the Chamber.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Professor Fatima Meer and the Leadership Award was presented to Dr Zweli Mkhize, MEC for Economic Affairs and Development.
The Gala Dinner coincided with the 10th Anniversary of the Chamber. Senior national and provincial officials attended the event, including Minister of National Intelligence Dr Siyabonga Cele, e’Thekweni Mayor Obed Mlaba, Deputy Mayor Logie Naidoo, City Manager Mike Sutcliffe, Chief Whip Fawzia Peer.
"We are especially honoured that Mr Zuma was able to attend the event and that he presented some of the recipents with their awards. This was the ideal opportunity to showcase the Muslim contribution in building our nation," said Mr Patel.
Full List of Recipients


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Minara Chamber of Commerce



Date : Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Time : 7pm

Cost: R150pp

Venue : Minara Conference Room,

32 West Riding Row Sherwood

Guest : Professor Tanya Woker


IslamicFinance Business Awards 2011

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The IslamicFinance Business Awards celebrates the contributions of the Muslim community of South Africa in every aspect of society and showcases the integral role that our community continues to play in this wonderful rainbow nation

The awards recognise excellence in business, entrepreneurship community and social responsibility. The awards are in six categories : Small, Medium & Large Business, CSI Organisation, Young Entrepreneur and Business Person of the Year. Nominations are already open and the on Closing date for entries is 31 May 2011. The finalists in each category will be announced on 7th August 2011 and winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner on 30th September 2011.

For the Muslim business community in Southern Africa, 2011 will be a memorable and highly acclaimed landmark year as IslamicFinance hosts the 6th annual IslamicFinance Business Awards.

The Minara Chamber of Commerce is a proud partner of the IslamicFinance Business Awards and encourages our members to participate. We are confident that nominations will be received from a diverse range of successful organisations, surpassing previous records both in quantity and quality.

Click here for the downloadable 2011 IslamicFinance Business Awards Nomination Form

Click here for the Online 2011 IslamicFinance Business Awards Nomination Forms

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