The world is in need of love, a gentle hand and tons of smiles. Hearts need to be comforted and humanity needs to be shared once again.
Salaamedia, founded in January 2016, aims to go beyond the limits of traditional journalism by telling human stories while seeking to inspire people towards active citizenship and participation in helping resolve these challenges or at the least bring relief to those who form the essence of the news story.
It’s not just about the news, it’s about changing the reality. This is about humanitarianism, activism and journalism coming together and forging a brighter future. It’s about walking the proverbial talk.
Salaamedia seeks to chart new positive route in a world increasingly overwhelmed by negativity.
Salaam Foundation, is the humanitarian and development wing of Salaamedia, and operates under the following mandate. It is a registered Non- Profit Company in South Africa (Registration no: 2016/164270/08). Ninety five percent of all contributions, as regards to public donations (Lillah), are spent on relief acquisitions, development projects, transport, labour, administrative costs etc. We believe that all these costs form part of the project and allow for the work to reach completion. Five percent is deposited into a Waqf investment account for future sustainability and growth. Islamic charitable funds (Zakaat) are allocated on a one hundred percent basis to deserving recipients. Salaam Foundation and Salaamedia are fully audited by Audit Connection Inc. For more information, kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Salaamedia and Salaam Foundation is ideally suited to respond to the challenges of poverty, war, natural and man made disasters in both Africa and the world. We call on you to support our causes.
Tel: +27 11 680 0355
Mobile: +27 81 706 4622
Address: 74 Xavier Street, Robertsham, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Account Name: Salaamedia (PTY) Ltd
Account No: 625 615 008 12
Branch: 250 655
Swift Code: FRINZAJJ
For EFT or deposits at Albaraka Bank
Account: Salaam Foundation
Account no: 786 001 80561
Reference: As per project + your name (lillah/zakaat).
For cash or cheque deposits via ABSA:
Account Name: Albaraka Bank Limited
Account number:407 341 2216
Branch: 632 005
Reference: 786 001 80561 (lillah/Zakaat)
Meet our Team
Azhar, the founder of Salaamedia, started off his career as a young, man pushing a baby pram selling face creams from door to door in his South African neighbourhood of Lenasia. While completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies he found a job as a news reporter at a local community station where he engaged primarily in developmental journalism. As a budding journo he travelled to Gaza with the Gift of the Givers, a leading South African humanitarian aid organisation, in the aftermath of the 2009 war where he got his first taste of humanitarian work and journalism. His next move saw him appointed as the head of news at Cii Broadcasting where he covered general news and conflict zones in South Africa’s protesting townships. In 2012 he became the first South African journalist to travel to Syria covering the war in that country. He has subsequently visited the region 6 times leading humanitarian aid deliveries to refugees both inside Syria and along its neighbouring borders. In December 2015 he left the comfort zone and once again set out on a new trajectory bringing the concept of humanitarian journalism to the South African media landscape. He has had untold, silent support from trusted friends and hopes that the blossoming of this project will be a form of gratitude to their contributions.
Ebrahim “Baboo” Gangat, a legend of South African alternative radio broadcasting. Hailing from the town of Roshnee to the south of Johannesburg, the seasoned radio presenter affectionately known as Ebrahim Bhai, has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people across Southern Africa through his iconic morning radio shows. As one of the early presenters on Radio Islam, he injected a vibrancy on to the airwaves and brought forward alternative news content to a hungry South African population. Ebrahim Bhai’s career took a huge turn in the early 2000’s when he joined Channel Islam International. With regular broadcast interviews from the war zones of the world and a keen focus of the unheard voice, Ebrahim Bhai, has become known as advocate of social justice, unafraid to air his views and take up the challenge. His experience and maturity is unmatched in the radio broadcast world.
Desmond grew up in the village Senwabarwana, a rural setting in South Africa’s Limpopo province about 85 kilometers away from Polokwane city. From the dust of this challenging upbringing, has risen a man who is determined to make his mark on society. Desmond has worked hard since moving to Johannesburg, the city of dreams for many of South Africa’s rural youth. He started off his career as a technical producer for satellite radio broadcaster Cii where he honed his skills as a qualified sound engineer working with production teams designing promos and jingles before moving on to Chai FM as a content producer. His recent move has taken him into the world of television and video content where he worked as Floor Manager for satellite TV broadcaster, eNCA.
Sumayya studied Political Science, majoring in International Politics, history and religion and graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2014. She served as the campaigns coordinator for Tuks Students Political Association (2012), chairperson of the Palestinian Solidarity Committee(2013), secretary of the Muslim Students Association (TUKS – 2013), head of political affairs and international politics for the Union of Muslim Students (2013) and has been a member of BDS South Africa since 2011. She is currently studying a post graduate Honours degree in International Politics majoring in conflict studies through the University of South Africa (Unisa). She also commenced with culinary school in mid January 2016. Her interests and studies focused on the current conflict in the Middle East and the humanitarian injustices caused by these conflicts. She lives by the belief that, ” victory will be on the side of the oppressed”.
Hawa Waheeda Mayere was born “free” just two months after South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994. Her town of residence has been a place called Laudium, south West of Pretoria, South Africa. It is an area that highlights depressing levels of poverty and houses some of the wealthiest citizens in the country. A contrast that breeds a plethora of human and not-so-human stories. Hawa is the first of three siblings. She is currently a second year student at the Tshwane University of Technology where she studies journalism. She has dreams of changing mindsets and dispelling the misconceptions portrayed by conventional media. Hawa is most motivated to be the person behind “that story”, to be able to give and receive important information first hand. At Salaamedia since February 2016, we are certain that Hawa has a bright future as a journalist under our wings.
A dedicated and committed egalitarian, Ponty Israel Moletsane, has become a legend within his own niehgbourhood of Greyville, Lenasia. His sense of generosity and personal giving is equaled by his commitment to the truth and telling the stories of those who face the wrath of corporate and political power. After leaving his home town of Bultfontein in South Africa’s Free State province as a youngster, he has worked on factory floors, run a makeshift takeaway and finally ended up as a studio controller at Cii Radio. He quickly progressed to become the leading producer for the station’s flagship shows. He has since started work as a late night content producer at South Africa’s leading station, Radio 702. In March 2016 he joined the Salaamedia team where he has found a perfect opportunity to fulfill his natural inclination to assist others and ply his trade as a journalist.
A resident of an open air prison, surrounded by an occupation, Rana lives the daily struggles of so many others in the Gaza Strip. She struggles to get stories filed at times because there is hardly ever enough electricity to keep her equipment charged. She however remains dedicated to her family, her newly born son Ranni and her opportunity to tell the world the untold stories of the Gaza Strip. As a recent graduate of the Islamic University of Gaza, She understands the currents that drive the youth of Gaza. Her passion for her work and the desire to tell the stories of her people propels her through everyday, pushing aside the difficulties of an imposed siege of her homeland. She is the voice of Gaza and the Palestinian people, not from an outsiders perspective.