Caption: It was a joyful evening at the Muizenberg Hall on Saturday, 08 October 2016 as local non-profit organisation, Mustadafin Foundation, hosted a Gala Dinner to celebrate their 30th year of bringing a positive change to the Western Cape community. Director of the Foundation, Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem (above, bottom image) was one of the founders who in 1986 realised that something had to be done to help less fortunate communities in the Province.

“It has been an incredible journey, especially when one looks back at how we started and what we are now able to do today. We believe in creating self-sufficient, self-reliant and independent citizens; we achieve this through extensive and high-calibre programmes run by our volunteers and staff,” explains Johnstone-Cassiem.


Caption: From left to right: Ashfaak Dawood, Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, Johnstone-Cassiem and Nazlie Berhardien at the Gala event.

Key stakeholders of the Foundation attended the Gala Dinner, including sponsors, donors and Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille. Johnstone-Cassiem acknowledged their support in a speech at the event: “Without your assistance, we would never have been able to make a difference in community members’ lives. All of us at the Foundation would like to thank you for the ongoing and invaluable support over many years.”  The Foundation also took the opportunity to thank four senior community members for their loyal contribution since 1986.


Caption: Youth from Mustadafin Foundation’s programmes entertained those in attendance with lively song and dance.

The non-profit provides educational programmes, skills training, disaster and poverty relief as well as youth and health development programmes throughout the year. The evening was in celebration of what has been achieved so far, but also the Foundation’s plans for the road ahead. The event was also held to raise funds to finalise the building and repair work to their new premises in Bridgetown.

“The success of our programmes are determined by our sponsors, particularly our corporate sponsors such as Pick n Pay, Standard Bank, Nedbank, Benjamin Transport, Retro Active, AMA, Absolute Rigging and A.K. Peer,” concludes Johnstone-Cassiem.

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