Ahmed Mia Cassim

Retired businessman Ahmed Mia Cassim received the 2012 Inyathelo Special Recognition Award for Philanthropy.


At the age of 78, business owner Ahmed and his wife Zohra decided they had more than they needed to get by and wanted to leave a legacy for their community. They had no children of their own so they chose to help the young people who attend the Johannesburg Council for the Disabled (JOCOD) school in Lenasia. Ahmed and Zohra contributed more than R1million of their own money towards building a new wing for the school which provides skills training, career development and income-generation opportunities for people with disabilities. Ahmed also managed to persuade his two nephews to pay for two of the eight new classrooms.

However, Ahmed’s contribution was not just financial. He visited the construction site daily to check on building progress despite the fact that his wife was bedridden and desperately ill. She died in July this year, a month after the new wing was completed.