The year 2015 will be regarded as a historic year in respect of tertiary education in South Africa. This year will be remembered for students taking an active stand against the status quo and launching the #FeesMustFall campaign. Amidst all the chaos, talks and demonstrations were many final year students on the verge of graduating. Special congratulations to all those who succeeded during these trying times.
The IMASA [Johannesburg] Branch once again held a successful graduation and fund raising dinner on the 4th of December 2015 at the Sultan Bahu Hall in Mayfair Gauteng. Despite the challenges faced by the delay in examinations and results, the dedicated committee still managed to pull off a wonderful and uplifting evening. Grandaunts, families, friends, committee members and guests all thoroughly enjoyed the evening and all that it had to offer.
Melodious Quran recitals by Hafith Rashid Ahmed Motlekar (Dentistry Graduate) and Qari Ziyaad Patel left the audience mesmerized. The guest speaker, Mr Abdullah Sujee, who is a highly acclaimed educator focussed on reminding the graduates of their role as a Muslim Health Professional. All guests truly benefitted and were left enriched by Mr Sujee’s words of wisdom.
We were humbled by the presence of the son of late Dr YA Patel whom we honoured for his selfless contributions made to IMA Lenasia Clinics. Alhumdulillah, his son had accepted the award on behalf of the family and gave a very emotional and moving thank you to everybody who has acknowledged his father’s work and passion.
The meals were a gastronomic adventure that satisfied all appetites while the atmosphere allowed for the evening to be a culmination of success for the graduates, their families, the IMA and the Muslim Ummah.
The IMA [Jhb] would like to thank the sponsors [27Four Investment Managers, Mr Iqbal Omar & Albaraka Bank] who consistently supports this event, the organizing committee who ensured that the event was to the satisfaction of everybody present and we wish all the graduates well in the future and look forward to another successful year in 2016 AAMEEN.