Sayed Mia attended the Retired Teachers Association in Lenasia this past week. If you didn’t know it, in the early 1970’s Sayed Mia was an Afrikaans teacher. In those dark days of apartheid, he was one of a handful of teachers to have a university degree in the Indian community. Having obtained his teacher’s diploma in 1968 from the University of Durban, he loved to impart knowledge and learning to the children around him in his classroom and his community. Even going as far in the early 1970’s to sponsor the ‘Time to Learn’ project – a part time homework and study group which Mr Mia sponsored solely off his teachers salary to aid students who had no electricity or facilities at home.
At the event, Sayed Mia gave an inspirational speech and was well received and pictured with and by The Retired Teachers Association Social Club. He imparted some wonderful lessons on all who attended by reminding them to “always be strong and not to let anyone disturb their peace”. He went on to reiterate that optimism should be made a priority goal in your every day life.
To supplement his income as a teacher, Sayed set off on his first trailblazing adventure. He started out in the insurance industry as a part time broker and by the mid 1970’s had excelled to such an extent that was able to secure his own brokerage firm in the socially underdeveloped Lenasia, at that time. Sayed Mia told the audience that “one should always strive towards excellence and express enthusiasm in everything you do”.
Even with the major milestones and achievements he has experienced since his teaching days, the importance of education has always remained at the forefront of Sayed Mia’s mind. This ideal made this event a very special one as Mr Mia was given an incredibly special honour by being made a patron of the Retired Teachers Association. It’s like he says “always let your friends know that there is something worthwhile in each of them”.
This week the skies lit up in bright colours with the arrival and celebration of the annual Diwali festival. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, held in the period of October to November. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity , and also marks the fiscal year in India.
Sayed Mia attended a Diwali festival this weekend as a special and honorary guest of the HINDU Co-Ordinating Council.
The Hindu Coordination Counsel or HCC is the backbone of the South African Indian community. South African Indians, are particularly proud of their rich and historical legacy and this counsel seeks to honour their forbears, who preserved not only their languages, but their religion. as well as their rich socio-cultural heritage. Sayed Mia has played a massively important role in the Indian community of South Africa. He has contributed to the education, well being and charitable organisations that assist and aid this community. He has also been the driving force behind housing and economic growth within the South African Indian community.
At this year’s Diwali festival, Mr Mia addressed an audience of 20 000 people. He had them enthralled with the genuineness and sincerity in which he addressed them. They were honouring him for being an excellent ambassador for all religions,a wonderful statesman and a generous philanthropist.
Diwali1 (Main Image) – Sayed Mia pictured with (to his right) Mr Koki Singh and Navnit Govind and to his left Mr Fakir Hassan and Mrs Urmila Govind.
Diwali2 – Audience enjoying the sights and sounds of the Diwali celebrations
Diwali 3 – Sayed Mia addressing a crowd of 20 000 people
Diwali 4 – Sayed Mia with colleagues and friends enjoying the Diwali celebrations
Sayed Mia had the incredible honour of attending The South African Council of Shopping Services Conference (SACSC Conference) for 2015 in Durban. He was in the illustrious company of many top businessmen and attended a glittering dinner with the Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, pictured below. Also in attendance with Mr Mia was Logie Naidoo, Speaker of the House of Provincial Parliament, as well as renowned businessman Mike Nkuna.
The South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) is a company committed to adding value to their members by providing an effective and efficient platform for networking. This allows members to not only meet but to network and exchange ideas and knowledge with the end goal being to better the success of its members.
Being at the forefront of the country’s professional body, the South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) are dedicated to members of the shopping centre industry.
Their mission is a clear one – to give their members the opportunity to communicate with each other, share information and learn. By doing so, they deliver real value to each and every one of their members. The SACSC also facilitate education, training and development opportunities for their members. They are committed to Empowerment, Equity and Transformation opportunities. On top of all the wonderful things they do to increase the success of each individual member, they also put a lot of effort into celebrating and recognising the achievements of others including the Special Star Award, which recognises achievements of both retail tenants and service providers. There is also the Retail Design & Development Award, acknowledging outstanding achievements in design and architecture. Finally there is what they call the Footprint Awards – recognising retail marketing initiatives.
Here are some pictures of Sayed Mia at this years South African Council of Shopping Services Conference…
Sayed Mia with Logie Naidoo (Main Image), Speaker of the House of Provincial Parliament,
Sayed Mia pictured here with Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene
Sayed Mia with Mike Nkuna, renowned businessman.