Jason Milford
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15 Dec 2016
10:58 am

Community centre in Centurion named after Yusuf Abramjee

Jason Milford

A Cape Town businessman has pledged to build the community centre.

Yusuf Abramjee distributed his #Hajj2016 book to senior citizens. Seated: Businessman Neil de Beer and Jasmina Ratcliffe (70). Back row from the left are: Jainodien Stuurman (67), Dr Elias Parker from the Al Ikhlaas Library and Resource Centre, Dawood Esack and Yusuf Abramjee. Picture: Centurion Rekord

A multimillion-rand community centre in Cape Town will be named after Yusuf Abramjee, community activist in Laudium, Centurion, reports the Centurion Rekord.

A Cape Town patron and businessman, Neil de Beer, has pledged to construct the community centre.

De Beer said Nedebe International would join Abramjee on his mission of promoting social cohesion.

“We want to ensure his good work is showcased in all corners of our country and across the globe,” he said.

De Beer said final plans for the R5 million project would be released in the new year.

“Communities will be invited to make submissions,” said De Beer.

“We are looking at a media and resource centre incorporated with a library. It will be known as the ‘Yusuf Abramjee Community Centre’.”

Awqaf South Africa said it would donate the land for the project.

Deputy CEO of Awqaf SA, Mickaeel Collier, said his charity was committed to assisting communities in need wherever and whenever possible.

Abramjee said the announcement took him by surprise.

“I am delighted that we will be making a difference in our communities,” said Abramjee.

“Education is a priority, and we must all continue doing good and serving. I am honoured and humbled.”

He said although the offer was for Cape Town, he felt that any community can benefit from a project like this.

“We will get this one off the ground and hope that we can generate more interest and money to bring the same project in Pretoria as well,” said Abramjee.

He said facilities like these were needed in the Laudium community.

With the 2016 Hajj, Abramjee also released a photo coffee table book of his visit to Mecca, the Islamic holy city.

He said the proceeds of book sales were donated to various charities.

Caxton News Service