Cape Town – Respected Cape Town businessman and group activist Anwah Nagia died on Monday because of a Covid-19 comparable sickness.
He was once 61 years previous.
His former highschool buddy and collaborator Nadeem Hendricks stated: “He was more than a comrade, more than a brother to me from Trafalgar High (school) days…he was the chairman, I was the secretary (of the SRC).
“We were on the battlefields all along. We were like cadres on the field.”
Nagia became a businessman, involved in the financial services sector. Until his death, he had been the chairman of Element Investment Managers, also the Executive Chairman of Altius Investment Holdings, the Non-Executive Chairman of Cape Town Market and Africa Commodities Group and the Chairman of the District Six Beneficiary and Redevelopment Trust.
Hendricks says at the dawn of democracy, he and Nagia became involved in community organisations.
“We had been at the vanguard, as much as at the present time once we began the Palestinian Museum. He was once a humanitarian. He remained as humble and easy as conceivable. God gave him get admission to to wealth in order that he may make certain the deficient had been looked after,” said Hendricks.
Chairperson of the board of trustees at the Gatesville Mosque Sataar Parker said Nagia was always prepared to chip in and help those who were less fortunate.
“I’ve recognized him for over 25 years…our connection was once over his hobby for the liberty of the folk of Palestine. That’s the legacy that this larger-than-life particular person will depart at the back of.
“One of his hallmarks was that whenever he met you he would affectionately put his arm around your neck, he had no airs about his financial status,” stated Parker.
He recollects that the ultimate time he had interacted with Nagia was once previous this yr whilst NGOs had been looking to help within the battle towards the coronavirus.
“The last time we had a programme at our mosque, he was so keen to contribute to assist in the Covid crisis. He was about boosting the economy so that it could create jobs. He was a man for the people,” stated Parker.
The District 6 Working Committee (D6WC) additionally prolonged its condolences with family members, colleagues and fans of Nagia.
“The D6WC has just learnt with shock and sadness of the passing of Dr Anwah Nagia,” the organisation stated on Monday.
“Whilst the D6WC and the Beneficiary Trust each followed its own path to further the cause of restitution for the people of District Six, both organisations were led by passionate and inspiring leaders who devoted their lives to District Six and who both sadly passed on this year.”
D6WC Chairman Shahied Ajam, 62, died after a middle assault in June.
ANC MP Faiez Jacobs has additionally paid tribute to Nagia.
“It is with great sadness that I’ve just been informed of the passing of community activist, philanthropist and beacon of light in our community.
“Here is a man who has never relented in his pursuit of a better life for others and who has used his vast experience and influence to ensure the most vulnerable are taken care of.”
Jacobs stated that firstly of the Covid-19 pandemic Nagia ordered 4 million mask to be disbursed at no cost to the fewer lucky, and this was once conventional of the kind of particular person Nagia was once.
“From God we come and to God is our ultimate return. We pray his family find comfort in the knowledge that the grave is not our final destination and that our deeds will elevate our souls to the heavens. Insh’Allah. Hamba Kahle Anwar Nagia.”