Press Release: Operational Structure Change and Registration
28 January 2017
29 Rabi’ul Akhir 1438 AH
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ
In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful.
السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ
May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you
This serves to notify the public that the Green Deen South Africa (GDSA), previously unregistered despite its active presence, has been registered as a private entity with me, Fatima Hassen Ragie, as the owner and director.
GDSA began in mid 2013 when I approached the national Muslim Students Association Union (MSA Union) with a project proposal, helped by two other university students. GDSA was subsequently launched as an initiative of the MSA Union with me as the project manager of a small Green Deen team. Under my watch, GDSA evolved from being a student initiative to an independent entity by the end of 2014. GDSA was rebranded and new structures were put in place. At the end of 2015, based on my knowledge and expectations at the time, I envisioned and planned for the organisation to be registered as a Non Profit Organisation (NPO) trust. I gathered together a small team of people who I felt could assist, appointing them as an acting board of trustees, with me retaining the position of director. However, this registration was not done. This was partially due to me not having enough time with commitments to further my education, and partially to me not being sure of settling on something that I had reservations about, especially as I moved beyond my tertiary student life.
The idea of a large NPO GDSA launching and running always did sound inspiring. I have taken, however, the decision that it is in the interest of both the organisation and I first to register as a private entity and to then develop the organisation from there. This socio-entrepreneurship model will, Insha’Allah, allow for GDSA to be sponsorship independent, as well as be able to provide high-quality resources and services to the public while also remunerating those – where possible – for their time and services rendered. The private entity model will allow the organisation to grow in these infancy stages without the cumbersome operational structure of an NPO trust that is required by the South African legislation.
GDSA has over the years built up a moderate reputation on both the national and international markets, with its presence being mostly a digital one. The journey of GDSA has seen a diverse range of people involved in its activities at different times and to varying degrees, all contributing invaluably to the organisation. However, it must be noted that, with the permission of Allah SWT, the organisation has and does run on the work that I have spearheaded over the years. This includes but is not limited to the conceptualisation, resource generation, financial management (including the bulk of all payments coming from my personal funds), website hosting, networking and social media coverage of GDSA. The new organisational structure will in no way detract the from GDSA’s aims of serving Allah SWT and all of His creations. GDSA will not be aimed at solely creating profit nor will it serve the interests of only one person or party. GDSA will continue to provide quality, value-add services to the ummah for the pleasure of Allah, Insha’Allah. I pray that the organization will see beneficial growth and continue to make a positive impact on the community, as its intentions remain untainted.
Regrettably, the decision to privatise was implemented without further shura from the acting board of trustees, thus inciting their resignation. This resignation was made public on the 22nd January 2017, when the now-ex acting board trustees of GDSA publicly released their collective letter of resignation via the mediums of WhatsApp and Facebook. I would like to thank the ex-board for the dignity and values they have upheld during the change and their resignation. As this new phase of GDSA begins, I would like to thank these ex-board trustees of GDSA and everyone who has contributed to the organisation. Their opinions, knowledge and effort are appreciated, and I cannot adequately thank them. I would like to apologise for any ill feelings, misconceptions and inconveniences caused during this time. I hope that they would feel welcome to be part of GDSA, albeit in different capacities. I pray that Allah SWT blesses them and accepts all their efforts in what they are doing now and in the future.
If you have any queries, please contact me on the details below. Details on how GDSA will function will Insha’Allah be released with time as the new structure is put in to place. Please keep the work of GDSA and of all those who are involved in your prayers.
Fatima H Ragie
Green Deen South Africa, “Living Fitrah”