The cricket tournament, in its third year, is an extension of Awqaf SA’s national social cohesion programmes which include education, poverty alleviation, youth leadership training, geriatric care, water wells and creating green spaces.
Awqaf - a pious endowment - is an age-old Islamic vehicle of communal charity, which formed the basis of modern day trust law. It is based on a sustainable core investment. In other words, the investment - which under divine law cannot be ceded, inherited or sold - ensures that the charity endures and does not dry up when the initial funding runs out.
On the cricket field, Awqaf SA’s partnership with Primrose Cricket Club is seen as vital to the tournament’s ideal of social cohesion, confidence building and passing on institutional memory to young South Africans.
Established 40 years ago, Primrose Cricket Club was at the forefront of cricket excellence, and held the community together despite its experiencing the adverse historic challenges of apartheid.
According to Awqaf SA Deputy CEO Mickaeel Collier, the 2018 T20 Youth Cricket Tournament is a family-friendly event that aims to embody all the values of social reconstruction, something needed in post-apartheid South Africa to provide the youth with constructive alternatives to crime and grime.
“We could very well take our event to the leafy suburbs and premier arenas, but we have deliberately chosen to remain at grassroots by playing at the Primrose and Rylands grounds. This is a community tournament bringing people together which we feel should be played in the community - irrespective of whether one comes from an affluent or poor area.”