Saudi Ambassador to SA presented with #Hajj2016 #AbramjeeOnHajj coffee table book

Saudi Ambassador to SA presented with #Hajj2016 #AbramjeeOnHajj coffee table book

Saudi Ambassador to SA presented with #Hajj2016 #AbramjeeOnHajj coffee table book

Wednesday 9 Nov 2016

Saudi Ambassador to SA presented with #Hajj2016 #AbramjeeOnHajj coffee table book

Social Activist, Yusuf Abramjee, presented a copy of his #Hajj2016 coffee table book to Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador in Pretoria today.

Ambassador Abdullah Mohamed Almadhi said the photo journal is “brilliant and it showcases what Hajj is all out.”

Abramjee launched the book recently and proceeds are going to two charities – Awqaf SA and Crescent Lifestyle.

The coffee table book has over 400 photographs and it was put together within three weeks. Abramjee undertook his first Hajj (pilgrimage) this year.

The book has been endorsed by scores of high profile personalities including Tourism Minister Derek Hannekom, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada and world-renowned Islamic scholar Mufti Ismail Menk from Zimbabwe.

Dozens of books are to be donated to libraries.

Ambassador AlMadhi presented “a special gift” – The Holy Quran” to Abramjee and his publisher Yaseen Theba after receiving the coffee table book at the embassy in Pretoria.

The Ministries of Hajj and Information in the Kingdom will also receive copies.

This is the Ambassador’s foreword in the book:

It is an honour and pleasure to write a foreword to this inspiring and life-giving visual journey on Hadj.

The cities of Madinah and Makkah each have their own identity and venerated sites.

Saudi Arabia is a country where the pilgrims can experience spiritual heritage, museums, and sites which suggests the milestones of many important events in the growth of Islam.

Yusuf Abramjee’s text is a richly layered visual treat of a single pilgrims spiritual prism of Hadj , and yet it resonates with the “felt experience’ of millions of other pilgrims.

Especially poignant is the sub-text of this life giving text visually detailing his pilgrimage of the ‘spirit, heart, head and hand’.

These ethereal qualities of the ‘heart and spirit’ is captured eloquently in the way the pictures foreground random acts of spiritual kindness and fellowship.

The balanced style of the text is commendable.

One notices for instance, a guard cooling off a pilgrim, by generously spraying water in the air, given the heat.

This is counterpointed with visuals which show how Yusuf mobilised South Africans to generously feed other pilgrims and his deeply absorbed visitation to the Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque and later his hadj rituals .

Broadly, the pictures document through moving and uplifting visuals the actual Hadj, showing the protocol of the hadj rituals and their spiritual, transformational and existential significance, place, value and function.

Here is a text that also celebrates the vision of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, His Excellency, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, to facilitate and enable the pilgrims to perform hadj with ease and comfort.

The pictures in the text bear testimony to the enormous amount of financial resources spent in the organising and provisioning details; including crowd control, infrastructure, transport, medical support services, helping the aged and disabled to be on Arafat for their supplications and invocations to God Almighty Allah (SAW), translation services, honoring the comfort of female pilgrims by facilitating their access to perform hadj rituals, etc.

Yusuf’s photographs bear testimony to the work of a consummate professional- his selection, ordering, cropping and point of view is socially constructed-as it has to be – but its uniqueness lies in its celebration of the implacable quest of the human spirit to do the Hadj, for the pleasure of Allah alone.

It presents as a text that is accessible, and illuminating, with an astounding visual richness, subtlety, and inspiring depth.

It is an invitational text, with a ‘conversational instructional’ focus – the visuals ‘converse’ with you through their composition and ‘instructs’ you, even as you use your own values to interpret the visuals sub-text.

This is a valuable and fresh contribution to the range of texts on Hadj.

It was a joy to review and I’m certain it will be likewise for others.

May it inspire other pilgrims to perform the Hadj.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia welcomes you. Insha-Allah ameen (God willing)

End:
With kind regards

Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee

MESSAGE BY THE MINISTER OF ARTS AND CULTURE, MINISTER NATHI MTHETHWA, AT THE CAPE TOWN LAUNCH OF THE BOOK

MESSAGE BY THE MINISTER OF ARTS AND CULTURE, MINISTER NATHI MTHETHWA,
AT THE CAPE TOWN LAUNCH OF THE BOOK,
#HAJJ 2016,
CENTRE FOR THE BOOK,
CAPE TOWN, 6 NOVEMBER 2016

It was twenty years ago, in 1996 that the Constitution of a democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa was born, having been promulgated by President Nelson Mandela.

Our Constitution was granted approval by the Constitutional Court on 4 December 1996 and signed into law on 18 December 1996.

Our Constitution is still today widely regarded as the most progressive Constitution in the world.

Section 6 of the Constitution states that everyone has the right to participate in the cultural life of his or her choice – though no one may do so in a manner inconsistent with any provision of the Bill of Rights.

Of significance to the gathering here today is also our Bill of Rights, which ensures cultural diversity; and the first section of our Bill of Rights reads as follows:

We, the people of South Africa,
Recognise the injustices of our past;
Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land;
Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and
Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.

It is in this context that I believe that today we celebrate the launch of a book that provides insights into the lives, the desires, dreams and journeys taken by the Muslim people of South Africa and Muslims around the world.

It is a book rich in colour and culture.

It is a book that tells a real story that is full of Ubuntu and the gift of giving and sharing with others.

It is a book about comradeship and friendship between different peoples.

It is a book that provides insight of the journey that every Muslim who can afford, will take at least once in his or her life.

It is a book of varied landscapes, from the Highveld of South Africa to the desert landscapes of Saudi Arabia.

It is a book about a pilgrimage to sacred spaces and to sites of great heritage and spiritual value.

Mostly it is a book that pays homage to the HAJJ and is peopled with faces, places, and all those who lent a helping hand to others, all who were not content only to be there for themselves but also for all others.

It is a journey from Africa to its sister continent of Asia, to that part of the world that indeed straddles Africa and Asia.

It is a route taken first thousands of years ago, before today’s air travel.

Some say it was the site of early human migration from Africa to the Arabian Peninsula and of movements too and fro at a time when climatic conditions were favourable and when the land was verdant before the Sahara became desert and before the Arabian Desert. Some say the Red Sea was shallow then enabling such crossings.

But what is important is the inextricable connections that we have between Africa and Asia as geographic and cultural spaces that have influenced the course of history over thousands of years.

What is important is also our own history of the earliest Muslims in South Africa especially in the Cape who did so much to fight against colonialism and to those who participated and gave their lives in the liberation struggle of the 20th century against oppression.

We pay homage to all those who contributed to the rich cultural fabric and social and economic life of South Africa and who asserted themselves even when forcibly removed from their own countries to be brought here through slavery.

This initiative of Yusuf Abramjee and the publisher offers fellow Muslims who may not yet have taken this journey a visual experience of what it is like for South Africans to go there as pilgrims.

And beyond this, the book celebrates our cultural diversity as South Africans, because such a text also reaches out to others to understand what it means to be Muslim, to be South African, to be African, all at the same time and also to be at one with the world and with one’s religious beliefs.

Therefore it is my view that the book belongs to all and has meaning across cultures, religions and can inspire people in this country to give more to others, to build a more inclusive society and to work towards an egalitarian world.

This approach could only have come from one such as Yusuf Abramjee who we in the Ministry and Department of Arts and Culture are pleased to have as a Social Cohesion Advocate, who has given freely of his time to help others and to build cohesion in our country.

We are pleased that this book is being donated to public libraries at no costs. This itself is done in the spirit of generosity and knowledge sharing.

Together inspired by this work of art, let us continue to strengthen this journey to a better life for all and a more peaceful and prosperous world.

I thank you

MINISTER NATHI MTHETHWA
NOVEMBER 201

TOURISM MINISTER SUPPORTS HAJJ BOOK

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Monday 24 October 2016

TOURISM MINISTER SUPPORTS HAJJ BOOK

#AbramjeeOnHajj coffee table book launches

Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom, says the publication of a coffee table book on Hajj by a South African, “captures the heart and soul” of the annual Muslim pilgrimage.

Hanekom was speaking at the launch of the photo journal #AbramjeeOnHajj.

Social activist, Yusuf Abramjee, who undertook his first Hajj this year, released the high-gloss A3 landscape coffee table book in Johannesburg. It has over 400 photographs, all taken with his iPhone 6 Plus, of #Hajj2016 which took place last month.

Hanekom said: “Tourism, including Hajj is about discovering new things, making a difference and meeting people.”

The Minister said “every Muslim I know, even those who are not religious, dream of going on Hajj. It is a life-changing experience.

“We thank Yusuf for sharing his experience. You captured the heart, soul and meaning of the Hajj. I studied the over 400 photos and they tell a rich story,” said Hanekom.

He praised SA pilgrims who fed thousands of people during the this years Hajj. Abramjee led the feeding scheme.

“Tourism between South Africa and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is growing steadily. It is not only good for our economy, but it contributes to tolerance, peace and friendship.”

Addressing almost 500 guests, Abramjee said he decided to share his journey to “inspire, motivate and educate people of all religions.

“Hajj unites us. The book is also about promoting social cohesion and it promotes religious tolerance,” he added.

“Muslims are often labeled as terrorists and we are wrongly associated with groups such as Al Qaeda and Boko Haram. We need to change this. Islam is a peace-loving religion…Hajj, which attracts millions of people, shows that,” Abramjee added.

Abramjee said Hajj “is indeed a journey of a lifetime. It is more than a physical journey. It was a journey of the inner soul towards self-purification and the awareness of the presence of God Almighty.”

The book sells at R750 and proceeds will go to two charities- Awqaf SA and Crescent Lifestyle for “Hajj Waqf”. The funds will be used to sponsor destitute pilgrims to travel next year.

Abramjee said he and Vision Branding publisher Yaseen Theba would be donating books to libraries and NGO’s. Over R275 000 was raised at the launch to sponsor books.

South Africa’s acting Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Abbas Khan, said “the coffee table book tells a unique story and the photos are outstanding.”

In the foreword, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to South Africa, Abdullah Mohammed Almadhi, said #AbramjeeOnHajj “presents a text that is accessible, and illuminating, with an astounding visual richness, subtlety, and inspiring depth. “May the book inspire other pilgrims to perform the Hajj,” he added.

Former Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, said #AbramjeeOnHajj “opens a window into an inspiring and insightful spiritual journey that is enlightening about the essence of true Islam. The photo journal is also an intriguing visual feast.”

Activist and former Robben Island prisoner, Ahmed Kathrada, said Abramjee’s book “will not only evoke memories of spirituality, but will show why ‘unity in diversity’ – wording that reflects on our own Coat of Arms.”

World renowned Islamic scholar, Mufti Ismail Menk, said: “From moment Yusuf Abramjee embarked on the #Hajj2016 journey, there was a lot of excitement. He promised to keep the world update with regards to the blessed journey. As the days passed we saw how his journey quickly became filled with great compassion towards others especially the under-privileged.”

The coffee table book has also been endorsed by, amongst others, Gauteng Transport MEC, Ismail Vadi, Secretary General of the Jamiatul-Ulama SA (Council of Muslim Theologians, Moulana Ebrahim Bham, Monique Strydom – SA hostage survivor and founder of Matla A Bana, Janine Hills founder and CEO of Vuwani Reputation Management and Brand SA director as well as businessman and former cabinet minister Tokyo Sexwale.

The book has photos of the Grand Mosques in Madinah and Makkah, historical Islamic sights and the five days of Hajj- the “tent city” in Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah. The Jamarat, where the symbolic pelting of the Satan takes place, is also highlighted.

Some 1,8 millions went on Hajj this year- the lowest figure in many years.

#Hajj2016 #AbramjeeOn Hajj
can be ordered on-line: www.abramjee.com

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PHOTOGRAPHS:
Media can request images and digital book
media@visionbranding.co.za
VIDEO: (Launch Event – Houghton Golf Club)
www.visionbranding.co.za/hajj2016-book/

Order Link:
www.visionbranding.co.za

ENQUIRIES:

*Yusuf Abramjee cell 082 4414 203
*Yaseen Theba (publisher) 064 4 000 000

SOUTH AFRICAN MUSLIMS UNITE

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Sunday 16 October 2016

SOUTH AFRICAN MUSLIMS UNITE
#UmrahVisaFeesMustFall

Hundreds of Muslims met in Crosby, Johannesburg today to voice their opposition at the introduction of excessive visa fees for Hajj and Umrah (pilgrimage).

The Saudi Arabia Government recently announced the introduction of visa fees of SR 2000, or some R10 000.

This has caused worldwide anger.

Speaking at the public meeting, Social Activist and co-chair of the newly formed Anti Visa Fee Committee SA, Yusuf Abramjee, said: “We are all opposed to the visa fee hike. It is exorbitant. Today we are joining the international outcry against the high visa fees for Hajj and Umrah.

“Hajj and Umrah is a religious obligation and should be performed by any Muslim who can afford it. This new visa fee will be an added burden on pilgrims,” said Moulana Moosa Akoodie, co-vice Chairperson of the new body.

Various representatives from SAHUC, SA Muslim Travel Association, religious bodies and NGO’s were co-opted to the new committee. Others have been invited to join in.

Moulana Ebrahim Bham, Secretary-General of the Jamiatul Ulama SA, (Council of Muslim Theologians) who co chaired the meeting with Abramjee, said: “We are standing united on this issue. These visa fees must be scrapped and we will engage the Saudi Embassy embassy in Pretoria and SA Government to also get clarity.”

Umrah season is expected to open within days.

The SA Hajj and Umrah Council (SAHUC) also expressed its opposition to the visa fee hike and said it had already written letters to the Saudi Embassy and DIRCO to oppose it.

Fazila Malek from the SA Muslim Travel Association was was elected co-vice chairperson with Moulana Akoodee, said “the R10 000 visa fee will make it difficult for many to travel to the holy land. We want it scrapped.”

Abramjee said the meeting unanimously resolved to engage the Saudi and SA government urgently. “We are also circulating petitions and thousands of people have already signed it. We are going to continue mobilizing.”

The meeting adopted this declaration:

We, the Muslims of South Africa and after consultation with the Muslims present today, Sunday, 16th October 2016 at JISA Centre, under the auspices of the ANTI VISA FEE COMMITTEE (SA)

RESOLVED:

1. We oppose the Hajj and Umrah visa Fees;
2. We call on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to immediately scrap the fees for Hajj and Umrah;
3. We call on the South African Government via DIRCO and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to take up this call on behalf of the Muslim Community;
4. We call on the South African Government via DIRCO and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to present our call to scrap the proposed visa fees for Hajj and Umrah;
5. We call on all the Muslims of South Africa to sign the petition to scrap the proposed visa fees for Hajj and Umrah;
6. We do not support the call to boycott Umrah and Hajj as it is our right and religious obligation to perform Hajj and Umrah;
7. We join the International Community in this call to scrap the proposed Hajj and Umrah fees;
8. We will work towards regulating the agent’s admin fees that are being charged for obtaining of visas;
9. We will look into the issue of Health Insurance that is being circulated currently in social media;
10. We will have effective engagement with the authorities to re-look at the visa fees and discuss the reasonableness of such fees;
11. We will call on the South African Government to engage in bilateral agreements specifically for Hajj and Umrah on behalf of the Muslims of South Africa;
12. We will join the International forum to further the call for the scrapping of the visas for Hajj and Umrah;
13. We will use any other effective ways in going forward to challenge the visa fees for Hajj and Umrah.

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Enquiries;

*Yusuf Abramjee cell 082 4414 203

*Moulana Ebrahim Bham cell 083 786 2859

*Moulana Moosa Akoodie cell 084 668 8199

*Fazila Malek cell 082 554 2292

*Yaseen Theba (Communications) 064 4 000 000

South African Hajj pilgrims feed the destitute

MEDIA STATEMENT
Sunday 4 September 2016
South African Hajj pilgrims feed the destitute

Over R250 000 has been raised by South Africans to assist destitute pilgrims in Makkah Saudi Arabia ahead of the annual Hajj.A collection drive spearheaded by social activist, Yusuf Abramjee, who is on his first Hajj, saw many of the 1950 South African pilgrims in the Kingdom and scores of locals donating to feed hungry pilgrims from various parts of the world.

“Hundreds of pilgrims in Makkah simply sleep along streets and outside the Grand Mosque. A few of us decided to do something and within minutes we raised R70 000 amongst SA pilgrims.

“Back home the message fast spread on social media and we raised a further R180 000. Cash is still coming in for the feeding schemes,” Abramjee said.

After Friday prayers, the South Africans distributed over 400 food packs and some 1000 bottles of water.

“Within minutes it was all gone. Pilgrims lined up for the food and water. We are making a small difference…And in true South African tradition, we are again opening our hearts,” Abramjee added.

The group was planning to feed a further 500 pilgrims on Sunday evening near the Grand Mosque.

Abramjee said pilgrims in Azzizia outside Makkah will be fed next week and thousands of bottles of water would be distributed during the 5 days of Hajj which starts next Saturday.

“Temperatures are over 40 degrees. People need to be hydrated,” he said. “Heat stroke and exhaustion are major concerns.”

“Charity is part of our religion and we are doing our bit to make a difference. We are keeping the SA spirit of Ubuntu alive here,” Abramjee said.

Abramjee, a social cohesion advocate was involved in the launch of Operation Hydrate earlier this year.
Volunteers distributed millions of liters of water to drought-stricken parts of South Africa.

Pilgrim Mubeen Adam from Pretoria said “I was touched when I saw how many people needed food. They scrambled for it.”
Rahim Haroon from Johannesburg said he and his wife Aisha volunteered to donate and distribute the food with other SA pilgrims. “While we are fortunate and living in top class hotels we cannot sit back and watch people going hungry.”
Yasmin Johnson from Cape Town said she also contributed to the feeding programme. “I am so delighted that SA pilgrims took the lead and are assisting the less fortunate.”
Abramjee said the food was being distributed to pilgrims from across the globe including Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
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#CEOSleepOut2016

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The #CEOSleepOut2016 has been described as a “major success” with million of rands raised for educational causes and hundreds of homeless people getting assistance.

Several high-profile South Africans have also dismissed criticism of the event saying it is a “Ubuntu in Action.”

Chief Ambassador of the Sun International #CEOSleepOut2016, Yusuf Abramjee, said almost 1000 people gathered on the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg on Thursday evening. 200 of them were CEO’s. They were joined by students.

“Pledges are in excess of R25million. Gift of the Givers and Operation Snowball distributed clothing and blankets to hundreds of homeless people yesterday – thanks to the Sun International #CEOSleepOut2016,” Abramjee said.

“There has been some criticism about the event on social media. People are entitled to their opinions but the reality is that the Sun International #CEOSleepOut2016 is making a real difference,” he added.

Abramjee said that there has been “an overwhelming positive response to the Sun International #CEOSleepOut2016 philanthropic movement and it again shows we are a caring and giving nation. We are seeing Ubuntu in Action.”

Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, who is also an Ambassdor for the #CEOSleepOut2016 said on Twitter: “We should pity those who do and say nothing to improve lives and only find energy criticize the inadequacies of those making a difference.”

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, and Johannesburg Mayor, Parks Tau, who also took part in the Sleepout said the criticism was unfounded.

“We will continue to support and grow the CEO SleepOut and the business sector is assisting to help those in need. We will continue working with them,” Makhura said. Last year, he also joined CEO’s for the night.

Businessman Tokyo Sexwale said: “There are three types of people – those who do nothing, those who criticize, and those who take action.”

Sexwale made a surprise visit to the #CEOSleepout2016 to pledge his support and offered to host the event on Robben Island in 2017 on Mandela Day, 18 July.

Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, called on the CEO’s to continue making a difference and said municipalities should all also support the event in 2017.

Over 60 schools, 10 universities and colleges and 40 companies took part in School, Student and Sympathy Sleepouts this year. Last night, hundreds of people gathered in Laudium, Pretoria, for a Sleepout to raise awareness and assist charities.

Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, who visited some School Sleepouts with Premier Makhura said “he was touched by the effort put in. Next year, we are going to grow the School SleepOuts. It is heartwarming to see our young people and educators doing good work.”

Abramjee said: “We salute the thousands of people who have come out to support the Sun International #CEOSleepOut2016 and we will continue to assist where we can.”

Ali Gregg, CEO of the Sun International CEO SleepOut said plans were underway to grow the event and also take it to other parts of the continent.

Other Sun International #CEOSleepOut2016 ambassadors are Carolyn Steyn from 67 Blankets, media personalities Leanne Manas and Ashraf Garda, Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Editor of the Star, Kevin Ritchie, Australia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Adam McCarthy. 11 school and student leaders are ambassadors.

Next week, Brand SA’s a “Play Your Part” movement will distribute hundreds of books to schools. They were collected on the bridge.

Sun International has announced they will again sponsor the CEO Sleepout next year.

Darren Olivier of the CEO Sleepout Trust has thanked media houses (including Jacaranda – CEO SleepOut, Cliff Central – Sympathy SleepOut and The Star and Caxton – School SleepOut official partners) and companies for the support. “We could not have done it without you.”

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Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Twitter: @abramjee

LIMPOPO KIDNAPPING SUSPECTS GRANTED BAIL: MOOSA FAMILY DISAPPOINTED

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday 19 May 2016

LIMPOPO KIDNAPPING SUSPECTS GRANTED BAIL: MOOSA FAMILY DISAPPOINTED

The Moosa family has criticized the decision by the Polokwane Magistrates Court granting bail to three men accused of kidnapping 35-year-old Anisah Moosa.

The suspects are also linked to other kidnapping cases, robbery and the attempted murder of three police officers.

Samuel Kabo (28) from Pretoria, Masilo Gafane (33) and Benny Mudau (34) allegedly kidnapped Anisah Moosa in March from outside her uncles home in Nirvana, Polokwane. They demanded R3-million ransom. She was freed three days later after a police operation saw the three policemen shot and injured. The suspects were later arrested.

Anisah was unharmed.

Since the start of the bail hearing, hundreds of protestors have been gathering outside the court building demanding #NoBail and #CrimeMust Fall. Members of the ANC and DA joined in. The vociferous crowd chanted “No Bail for Kidnappers” and “We want justice.”

Moosa family spokesman, anti-crime activist Yusuf Abramjee, said: “We are disappointed that the Magistrate granted bail of R10 000 each to the three men.

“We have no option but to respect the decision of the court.

“We now look forward to the speedy finalization of the trial. We want to see justice taking its course. We also remain hopeful that the police will make further arrests soon,” said Abramjee.

He added: “The family is grateful to the community of Limpopo and Polokwane in particular for the support we received from Day 1. United we stand. We must continue to stand up against crime and make our voices heard.

“Yes, bail is a process…but for such serious crimes we believe the men should NOT have been granted bail,” he said.

“We do remain hopeful the law is going to come down hard on those responsible for a series of violent crimes,” the family added.

Anisah is recovering well from her ordeal and she has again thanked South Africans for the “ongoing support.”

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ENQUIRIES:
Yusuf Abramjee
Cell 082 4414 203
Email: yusuf@abramjee.com
Twitter: @abramjee

MEDIA RELEASE: CRIME STOPPERS INTERNATIONAL APPOINTS SOUTH AFRICAN TO HEAD UP COMMUNICATIONS

 

Crime Stoppers International (CSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of South African, Yusuf Abramjee as Chairman of CSI’s Global Media Communications Committee and Global Director of Communications.

As the Chairman of Global Media Communications, Abramjee shall be responsible for ensuring our global audiences become more aware of our partnerships with international and regional media such as CNN, BBC World, and our global law enforcement partners, Interpol, United Nations Office of Drug Crime (UNODC), and the leading NGO’s we work with such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The task ahead for Yusuf will also include developing further media partnerships within communities in Europe, Caribbean and the Americas, Canada, Africa, and Australasia.

CSI President, Alexander MacDonald, said: “We are delighted that Yusuf has accepted this very important role as our Media Chair and Global Communications Director. His experience and expertise are most needed at this time in our organization’s development. The appointment takes effect on 1 January 2016.”

MacDonald said Yusuf is a global anti-crime activist, known and respected for his work as the Head of Crime Line SA. He was chair of the CSI Conference hosted in Cape Town, South Africa in 2014. “We are on record as saying it was one of the best, biggest and most successful conferences CSI has hosted.”

CSI recently relocated its global headquarters to The Hague in the Nederlands. “While Yusuf will be based in Johannesburg, he will also travel between the two countries as required. We are also pleased that he will continue to undertake other tasks and responsibilities and continue to do good in communities and create a safer world. He is an active social cohesion advocate and also an Interpol #TurnBackCrime Ambassador.”

Yusuf said he was looking forward to the new challenge.

“CSI is continuing to grow and I look forward to taking the organization to the next level. This is an exciting new chapter for me and I am ready for the challenge. Crime Stoppers is critical to the success of law enforcement as law enforcement is critical in the fight against crime. We need to further cement this kind of relationship around the world.”