South Africans Hold Nationwide Cake Sales in Save Syria Drive

Over 30 cake sales are being held around South Africa today in a final bid for South Africans to raise  funds for Operation SA’s #SaveSyria initiative.

The humanitarian campaign kicked off last month, and has already raised R12.45-million – money which, with a 100% donation policy, goes directly to the people in need in Syria. Social activist and Operation SA co-founder Yusuf Abramjee said over R10-million has already been paid to seven charities, and final payments will occur next week.

Abramjee has visited Syrian refugee camps and witnessed for himself the “suffering of epic proportions”. He says “it broke my heart”.

He told reporters “response around the country has been fantastic”, and says he expects a few hundred thousand more rands will be made this weekend at the cake and bake sales, which have been organised across the country by the South African National Muslim Women’s Forum.


Nasreen Chamda, a finalist in the Great SA Bake Off competition, cooked up the cake below (in the shape of SA and Syria)… along with 300 cupcakes and 400 Syrian biscuits.

South African Photo-Journalist Shiraaz Mohamed was recently alleged to have been kidnapped in Syria, and has not yet been released. At an event last night, Abramjee said: “Many questions around the disappearance of #ShiraazMohamed remain unanswered. The mystery deepens…”