The Minara Chamber of Commerce is a formally constituted organisation formed in May 2000, through an initiative by the Muslim community to create a unified forum for businesses that adhere to the Islamic ethos of conducting business. Over the past twelve years the Chamber has grown tremendously and now serves as a platform to represent and assist South African businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals.
The Chamber's activities and objectives are founded on the need to provide a formal voice and guiding vision for Muslim Business. The constitution and workings are based on an adherence to an Islamic Code of Conduct and Ethics as contained in the Holy Quran.
Membership is open to business owners, professionals, entrepreneurs, organisations and students. There is no discrimination on the basis of race, colour, sex, creed, language or cultural caste. Membership extends across South Africa and in time will grow into the rest of Africa. The Chamber has received official recognition from the South African government and trade organisations and has established formal relationships with other Chambers of Commerce.
The Minara Chamber of Commerce provides support to its members to establish new business networks and opportunities by exposing its members to local and international trade delegations and government officials. We provide services and skills to benefit our members allowing them to soar above others. We will use our collective resources to uplift economic standing of the community and become a beacon of guiding light to our fellow citizens by not only empowering existing business to create and foster the culture of entrepreneurship to spur economic growth, but also to bring into the mainstream the previously disadvantaged and address the great social inequities that bedevil our country, for these inequities will not only hamper business development, but also pose a threat to our democracy.
The Minara Chamber of Commerce strives for a high degree of professionalism and an ethos of credibility, dedication, passion and vision. We have launched a Minara Youth Wing, to encourage leadership, entrepreneurship and volunteerism amongst young businessmen/women and professionals.
The Minara Women's Association, chaired by Ethekwini Councillor Fawzia Peer, is also making great strides in empowering women and creating a forum for dynamic businesswomen and professionals.