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In his Freedom Day speech (27 April 2010), President Jacob Zuma said: “Dr Imtiaz Sooliman and his organisation, the Gift of the Givers, are always among the first to respond in the event of disasters in the country and abroad to provide relief to the hungry and destitute. They epitomise the selflessness that we want to be known for as a nation and we congratulate them on their award.”
On 26 April, Dr Sooliman received his honorary award of Doctor of Social Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, at a special graduation ceremony held at the Westville Campus Sports Centre. Sooliman was elated to receive such a great award from his very own university. “Nothing is greater than getting an award from where you came from,” he said.
He went on to stress the importance of remembering where we came from; bearing in mind that the positions we occupy today, are as a result of the sacrifices made by our parents in raising us and giving us a good education.
The Al-Ansaar Foundation, a Durban-based Muslim community organisation, too honoured Dr Sooliman at a special event with the Imam of the Haram in Makkah, Shaykh Khalid al Ghamdi at the NMJ Islamic Centre in Morningside, Durban on the evening of Thursday, 4 March. Awards were presented to both Dr Sooliman and cricketer Hashim Amla (neither of whom could attend the function) for being regarded by the Foundation as South African Muslim stalwarts who were ambassadors of Islam.
- Indians in Africa salutes Dr Imtiaz Sooliman for his sterling humanitarian efforts and challenges Africa’s youth to follow in his footsteps.
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