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.
Salaam Foundation Account
For EFT or deposits at FNB
Account: Salaam Foundation
Account no: 626 69147 665
Branch: 250 737
Reference: As per project + your name (lillah/zakaat).
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)
Co-Founder of Salaamedia
Azhar, the co-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.
Fatima Patel Sookharia
CEO of Salaam Foundation
Fatima Patel Sookharia – wife, mum of two daugthers.
Fatima is a media /communications graduate and also a qualified educator.
She is the CEO of Salaam Foundation, the humanitarian wing of Salaamedia.
She works on and co-ordinates various community projects in her area.
Fatima has successfully run many campaigns including the #RidingforSAEducation campaign for 2018 and 2019, fr underprivileged schools and learners of Sputh Africa, the #Survivor campaign which focused on psycho social needs of women in war torn countries, the #pens4peace campaign as well as the #AfricaArise campaign with Salaam Foundation.
Fatima has travelled to Bangladesh where she reported on the the crisis facing the Rohingya people of Myanmar and carried out humanitarian relief distributions and interviews in the Rohingyan refugee camps.
She has also travelled into the heart of Africa, to Chad, undertaking a long, difficult journey through rural Africa to meet and help refugees at the border who have fled the Central African Republic. 4 boreholes were opened and 20 tonnes of food was distributed in this area as part of her foundation’s #AfricaArise campaign.
Station Manager of Salaamedia
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
Station Manager of 1 Nation FM
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.
IT & Technical Administrator
Ebrahim Essay hails from the south of Johannesburg in the small town of Roshnee. He grew up surrounded with many forms of technical work helping his father who was heavily involved with PA sound in various masjids over the years.
Ebrahim studied I.T at the Information Technology Training Academy (ITTA) graduating in 2005. He joined Channel Islam two years later as an IT administrator before taking over as a technical administrator as well. He then joined Salaamedia and is always at the forefront to take Salaamedia to new heights and to try and be a step above the rest.
Shazia Zubair is a Technical Engineer, Producer and works a bit with Social Media at Salaamedia. She works to make a difference in the world with the little she does by putting her best foot forward and 100% in everything she does. Prior to joining Salaamedia, Shazia was doing a lot of part time jobs in many different fields, trying to find her place in the working world. A graduate from IIE Rosebank College, Shazia holds a Diploma in Public Relations and Marketing. When not hard at work, She enjoys finding new restaurants, trying new food, writing on her blog and drinking a lot of coffee.
Selaelo Makhwidiri is a dynamic radio and Media enthusiast who is currently studying the trait at Boston Media House (Sandton) and is also currently under the mentorship of seasoned radio 702 presenter Aubrey Masango and executive producer Nthateng Keogotsitse. His invigorating and intuitive approach to radio makes him a prospect to look out for in the world of radio.
Marhoom Ebrahim Gangat
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.
Maryam Mkwanda is the presenter of the lifestyle show called “The Maryam Mkwanda Show”. Maryam is an articulate, confident and energetic person who relishes challenges and working under pressure. She has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task that she undertakes. Her great communication and writing skills have given her the ability to write good quality content which has been published as pamphlets and booklets. Her greatest achievement is having the opportunity to work with XCon Films on An Nur The Light and becoming the ambassador for Islam and Muslim women in South Africa. In her spare time, Maryam likes to show off her culinary skills in the kitchen, but she loves fitness as much as she loves her plate of pasta. Maryam occasionally blogs about her favourite things such as fashion, food and hopes to publish a book someday God-Willing.
Inayet Hussain Wadee
Inayet Hussain Wadee is the host of the talk show “The Alternative Voice” on Salaamedia. Previously he hosted the Cii talk show “Global Dynamics” connecting global issues, current affairs, politics, religion, and socio-economic dynamics. He believes firmly in the principle of justice for all, and that alternative media has a major role to play in shaping political thought and mindsets. An enthusiastic researcher with interests across a broad scope of issues, Inayet respects the role of media in a world context, to shape history and alter human behavior in a positive and dynamic manner. As a broadcasting professional, he has identified a significant gap to put forth an alternative, informed opinion compared to that presented by the mainstream media. The content and style has transformed his show to make it into the truly global talk show that it is today. With over 15 years experience in on air presenting, he is an experienced interviewer and debate moderator with a natural style of delivery to informed audiences. Inayet Wadee resides in Benoni, and in addition to broadcasting, he has his own accounting and tax consultancy practice.
Mariam Mia Childhood Development Specialist. Mariam is passionate about all matters relating to education, her #Leading a Child Towards Responsible Childhood, is what she deems the essential purpose of education. She conducts specialized Early Childhood Development classes focusing on learning in their 4th year of life, it is a holistic program which encompasses all domains of development which she personally conceptualized. Mariam also conducts Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist learners to overcome learning challenges as well student mentoring and counseling. Social and community issues are also of concern to Mariam Mia . She is a firm believer in being part of the active solution for the upliftment and empowerment communities. The best legacy to “leave for children” to this end SHE is involved in numerous community projects and collaborates the many NPOs , NGOs, and PBOs. She is the Chairperson of the Greenside Muslim Women’s Group. The executive member of Greenside Burial Society conducting female ghusals, an executive member of the Greenside Residence Association, member of the Salaam Foundation, Active Volunteers and Radio presenter on Salaamedia’s program: Educational Insights. Mariam Mia is also a Skills Development Facilitator, does Apprentice Monitoring. Last but certainly the most enriching of all , she is a Blessed Wife, a mother to three amazing children and a grandmother to her most Precious gift, her grandson.
Phumlani M. Majozi
Phumlani is a columnist at News24, South Africa’s leading news website, writing on politics and economics. His other writings have been published in the City Press, BizNews, African Liberty and Politicsweb. He sits on the board of two organizations: Free Market Foundation South Africa and Organization Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA). He is also a member of the Council of the South African Institute of Race Relations.
Dr Rabia Moti-Ghoor
Dr Rabia Moti-Ghoor is a specialist Ophthalmic surgeon, practicing at Park Lane hospital in Johannesburg. She qualified with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of the Witwatersrand and thereafter began her training in Ophthalmology in the Wits department. She completed her training and became a Fellow of the College of Ophthalmic Surgeons South Africa. Prevention of blindness has always been her passion and, although in full time private practice, she continues to do pro bono cataract surgeries for several organizations in an attempt to assist in the eradication of cataract blindness. She is married with 3 children and enjoys playing tennis and travelling in her spare time.
Dr Mohamed Moti
Dr Mohamed Moti is a general practitioner with two practices based in Johannesburg. He qualified with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and after completing his internship and community service, transitioned into the private sector. He is a firm believer that prevention is always better than a cure, and with that in mind, has founded DripTherapy – a company specializing in research-based, customizable vitamin drip treatments that aim to enhance the quality of people’s overall health and well-being. Dr Moti is happily married and enjoys running and traveling whenever he’s able to take a few days away from the city.
Dr Fatima Bhabha
As a co-founder of Beauty & Curves, Dr. Fatima Bhabha has been a thought leader in the beauty industry for almost a decade. With an inherent passion for sharing factual information surrounding the medical aesthetics industry, including dispelling common myths and marketing messages used, it is Dr. Fatima Bhabha’s objective to help both men and women make informed choices for their skin and beauty needs. Dr. Bhabha prides herself on ensuring that each and every one of her patients receives the very best and carefully tailored treatments, specific to their needs. In addition to her dedication to her practice, Dr. Bhabha is very active in her community, both professionally and personally. She is an expert in her field and recently chaired numerous sessions at the COSMEDICA 2015 conference. She volunteers her time campaigning for Pulmonary Hypertension in children and has made appearances on radio giving talks on the rare condition and bringing awareness to the plight of children affected by it. Dr Fatima Bhabha is married to businessman Imrhan Paruk and they have two children, Aadam and Rayhaan.
Sabihah Docrat Cassim
Sarfaraaz Takolia , a qualified ICT network engineer combines a wealth of experience in ICT and media. Having hosted the Brain teasers show and youth talk on Radio Islam in the mid 2000’s. Motivated by technology and always promoting energy brings a unique dynamic to Salaamedia.