About Us

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FORMATION

The Minara Chamber of Commerce is a formally constituted organization representing and assisting South African Muslim businesses and entrepreneurs.


MISSION

The Mission of the chamber is to provide a guiding vision for businesses and to promote and strengthen business activities for our members. 


VISION

The vision of the Minara Chamber of Commerce is the establishment of a dynamic and vibrant business community which is guided by an Islamic tenet and which makes a meaningful contribution to the socio economic development of the Muslim community and South Africa as a whole.


 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

President     Solly Suleman: Director Sparkport Pharmacy Group
Vice President     Fawzia Peer: Deputy Mayor Ethekwini Municipality
Secretary General     Razak Jooma:  KZN BDO of 27/4 Investment Management
Treasurer     Mohamed Moosa: member of Alpine Group
Past President     Ebrahim Patel:CEO Magellan Investments
Director     Ebrahim Vawda: former CEO of Albaraka Bank
Director     Mohammed Ameen Hassen: Head of Shariah Division, Standard Bank
Director     Asgar Mahomed: Managing Director of Esquire Technology
Director     Shenaz Ghood:Director Ghood foundation
Director     Farrana Kader: CEO of FK Global Events Managers

 

SERVICES

The Minara Chamber of Commerce provides a platform for businesses to benefit by collaborating, cooperating and supporting each other. Minara provides the following services to its members:

• Creating Business Networking Opportunities 

• Hosting of Inbound and Outbound Trade Missions 

• Promotion of Youth & Women Entrepreneurship 

• Providing and facilitating access to information and business best practice

• Dissemination of information via the Minara Chamber of Commerce website, the Minara Newsletter and mainstream and community media.

• Establishment of a databank and resource centre

• Training seminars, workshops and mentorship programs

• Advocacy, lobbying and networking in various forums at the national, provincial and local levels in the Governmental and Economic spheres.

• Initiating research and development

Minara operates from its head office in Durban, KwaZulu Natal and a regional office in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

In pursuance of its vision, Minara has engaged in a wide range of projects and initiatives in different areas including the economic, political, social and educational spheres. This has helped build and solidify Minara’s profile and has brought with it acknowledgement, recognition and support from the different spheres of government and organized commerce and industry. 

Minara has always endeavoured to partner with Organisations and Institutions with the necessary resources and expertise in the implementation of its programmes and project resulting in much more beneficial and effective outcomes.

 

                                                                                                   

 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

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1. Minara Fund Raising Golf Day

Minara has yearly Golf Days to raise funds for charitable organisations from both sponsors and participants which is a successful yearly event.

For information on the next Golf Day, please refer to the events calendar.

2. Recognition Awards

Minara is affiliated to FNB’s Islamic Finance Awards and acts as an official on the judging panel. These awards serve to recognise companies and individuals for their outstanding achievements in business and social contributions.

3. Education Fund

Minara considers that education to our young and old is at the forefront to human empowerment and long term sustainability of individuals and has therefore set up an education fund to support its member’s contributions towards sponsoring bursaries for disadvantaged children’s and youth’s primary, secondary and tertiary education.

4. Hajj Fund

Minara is currently setting up an initiative to collect funds to send disadvantaged Muslims on pilgrimage.

We intend to raise sufficient funds to at least send 4 people for Hajj during the 2010 year, God willing.

5. Social Economic Development

Going forward into the current year, Minara is teaming up with other organisations to raise funds and facilitate empowering the un-bankable and needy communities to create small businesses to generate continuous revenue.

6. SA Muslims 2010 Welcome

Minara is involved with the initiative to assist and guide Muslim tourists on places to stay and amenability of mosques and Halaal restaurants and also informing the hospitality sector on the manner in which to cater for the guest’s requirements.

MEMBERSHIP COST

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Membership Benefits

  • Exclusive invites to Networking Breakfasts and meetings.
  • Empowerment Workshops and Seminars.
  • First referral to your company for queries in your sector of Business.
  • Assistance offered with visa application for Business purposes only.
  • Access to Minara Municipal help desk
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • First Hand information to Trade Delegations outbound and Inbound
  • Have your company listed on the Minara Facebook Member services page
  • Networking within vast circle of Business

Loyalty Benefits:

  • Corporate discounted Rates from South African Airways. Free Change of Ticket Facility.
  • Term & Conditions apply
  • Accredited Travel Agents: Sure Mithas / One Stop Travel & Tours / Malek Travels / AI Kajee Travels
  • 7.5% discount on all SAMSUNG PABX & PHOTOCOPIERS from Plush Hospitality email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 5% on all their canteen needs, such as cutlery, crockery, glassware, & equipment from Plush Hospitality email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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ACHIEVEMENTS

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2012
MWA Launch
Golf Day
Islamic Business and Finance Conference Partnership with RIPHAH University
Gala Dinner and Recognition Awards
Business Essentials Breakfast - ABSA Bank
Business Essentials Breakfast - Ithala Bank
Iftaar (Breaking of Fast ) with KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize
Hosted Malaysian Trade Commissioner
Accessing Finance Workshop
Launch of Youth Wing
Heritage Day Feeding Programme - KZN Government
Launch of Women in Business Directory
Budget Speech Analysis Presentation
SMME Workshops in Partnership with Ethekwini Business Support 
 
2013
Golf Day 
Zakaat Workshop
Budget Speech Analysis Presentation
Gala Dinner and Recognition Awards
First Round Table Discussion with KZN MEC
Business Essential Breakfast - ABSA Bank
Family Iftaar 
Pakistan Rice Delegation Inbound
Hosted Indonesian Trade Commissioner
Memorial Service for Mandela
Hosted MEC Ismail Wadi in KZN
Heritage Day Feeding Programme - KZN Government 
Hosted newly appointed Premier KZN Senzo Mchunu
Recognition Awards
SMME Workshops in Partnership with Ethekwini Business Support 
 
2014
Business Essentials Breakfast - Sasfin Bank
Business Plan Workshop
Minutes Training Workshop
Facilitation Dr Mads Gilbert Fundraising Dinner for Gaza
Hosted Pakistan High Trade Commissioner
20 Year Democracy Dinner with Guest Speaker, Minister Yunus Carrim, Durban Mayor and KZN MEC of Finance, and awareness for National Elections
Congratulations Dinner to the KZN Provinical Government
Fundraising Walk for KZN Children Hospital
Hosted Minister Pravin Gordhan, awareness for National Elections
Partcipation in Gaza Protest March
Export Seminar
Election Day Feeding assisted MEC office with Sponsorship from Companies
Hosted International Speaker and author  Dr Yawar Baig
Budget Speech Analysis Presentation
SMME Workshops in Partnership with Ethekwini Business Support 
Minara Strategic Planning Session to plan events
Recognition Awards 2014
Facilitation of Know the Palestine - Israel Struggle by AB Dawjee for PSF KZN 
 
2015
Status of Islamic Finance Globally and its benefits to Business with International Speaker Mr Muhammed Ayub of the RIPHAH University in Pakistan- sype
First  Graduates / Entrpreneur Networking Dinner, Keynote Speaker Minister Lindiwe Zulu, MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and Fatima Vawda of twenty Seven Four
Budget Speech Analysis Presentation in Partnership with KPMG and AMAL
28 March Business Plan Workshop
Importance of Governance  - Guest Speaker Mr Shauket Fakie, partnership with Muslim Vision 2020 and AMAL
Youth Wing Networking session with in Partnership with Malls Tiles
Formation of the Minara Muslim Disaster and Relief Aid Forum
Recognition Awards 2015 Minister of Finance Minister Nene
MWA Braai
Youth wing session with Standard Bank
Partnership on the Global Entrepreneur week
Entrepreneur Competition 2015
DTI incentives presentation  -by Shiraz Ahmed of Incentives SA
Inbound Pakistan fan delegation
Inbound Paksitan Footwear deleagtion
 
2016
Minara Roadshow Gauteng 
Meeting with Foreign Ambassadors/ Trade Commissioners - GTN
Networking Session Turkey, Pakistan , Malaysia - GTN
Youth Strategy Session
Meeting with US and Indian Consulate - Durban
Business in india with CG
Incentives and grants workshop with Rishad Ahmed
Indoneisan Business Breakfast
Indonesian Roadshow PMB, Durban
Indonesian Business and Cultural Dinner May
Golf Day
business Breakfast with Standard Bank guest Proof. Patrick Bond: Changing the economic paradigm
Round Table disuscussion with ANC Chair Person Sishle Zikala

Durban - Head office

Tel: 0312081898 /031811 1898(Neotel)

Email: kzn@minara.org.za

Address: 32 West Riding Row, GMH Centre, Office: 4, Sherwood

Gauteng – Branch

Tel: 011656 0466

Email: gtn@minara.org.za

Address: 6 Western Service Road, Wendywood, Sandton

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