Appendix 1,2,3




Anavil Mandal, Johannesburg (Nyati and Hindu)

Aryan Literary Association, Pietermaritzburg (Hindus only?)

Bhavik Vishnuites

Colonial Born Hindu Benefit Society, Port Elizabeth

Darjee Dharmsala, Johannesburg (Nyati and Hindu)

Delagoa Bay Luwanas

Delagoa Bay Hindu Mahajan Mandal

Depot Road Shri Thakurdwara & Dharmsala

Gnanvardak Sabha, Stanger

Gujarati Hindu Society, Johannesburg

Hindu Dharma Sabha, East London

Hindu Sabha, Malvern, Durban

Hindu Tamil Institution, Durban, f. 1914

Hindu Progressive Society, Umgeni, Durban

Hindu Satyasang (Satsang) Dharma Sabha, Port Elizabeth

Hindu Samshaan Fund, Durban

Hindu Sudhar Sabha, f. 1905

Hindu Tamil Institute

Hindu Thirukatam Association, Ladysmith, f. 1910

Hindu Young Men's Society, Sydenham

Hindu Young Men's Association, Pietermaritzburg

Hindu Yuvak Samaj, Germiston

Hindu United Association, Cape Town

Hindu United Association, Johannesburg

Kathiawad Arya Samaj, Durban

Madras Indian Association (Hindu?)

Maharastrian Sabha, Pietermaritzburg

Malvern Hindu Sabha

Mauritian and Colonial-born Hindu Benefit Society, Port Elizabeth

Mayavant Association (Hindu?)

Nadiad Hindu Anathashram

Natal Brahman Mandal

Sanathan Dharma Sabha

Sanatahn Dharm Soodhur Sabha, Ladysmith, f. 1908

Sanathan Brahman Sabha, Durban

Sathyajana Sabha Tamil School, f. 1897, Durban

Shri Hindi Jigyasa Sabha, Durban (branches in Mayville and Sydenham)

Shri Sithivinayaga Saiva Samaya Bhakti Bhajane, f. 1905, Pietermaritzburg

Shri Vishnu Hindu Temple

Sva Gnana Pregasa Sabha, f. 1912, Port Elizabeth

Surat Hindu Association, Durban

Tamil Benefit Society, Johannesburg

Tamil Hindu Samsara Bodha Association, f. 1912   

Tamil Mahajan Sabha

Tavdikar Bhajan Mandal, Durban

Thakurdwara Hindu Temple Committee

Trikootam Association, Ladysmith

Transvaal Anavil Samaj

Umgeni Hindu Progressive Society

United Hindu Association, Cape Town

United Hindu Association, Johannesburg

United Patidar Association, Johannesburg

Vannik Kstriya Association, Pietermaritzburg (Nyati and Hindu)

Ved Dharma Sabha, Johannesburg

Ved Dharma Sabha, Pietermaritzburg

Ved Dharma Sabha, Port Elizabeth

Ved Dharma Sabha, New Guelderland

Ved Dharma Sabha, Verulam

Verulam Gopalal Mandir

Young Men's Vedic Society, Durban, f. 1912


Anavil Mandal, Johannesburg (Nyati and Hindu)

Aryan Literary Association

Aryan Youth Progressive Association, f. 1910, Pietermaritzburg

Darjee Dharmsala, Johannesburg (Nyati and Hindu)

Delagoa Bay Luwanas

Durban's Darjees

Gujarati Hindu Society, Johannesburg

Gujarati Indian Association

Kathiawad Arya Samaj, Durban

Madras Indian Association (Hindu?)

Matya and Lewa Kunbis

Natal Luwana Niti Dharshak Sabha

Natal Anavil Sabha, f. 1906

Newcastle Tamil Association, f. 1910

Surat Hindu Association, Durban

Tamil Agam, f. 1917

Tamil Protection Association, Pietermaritzburg, f. 1916

Transvaal Anavil Samaj

United Patidar Association, Johannesburg

Vaniakular Kstariya Soceity, f. 1910, Pietermaritzburg

Vannik Kstriya Association, Pietermaritzburg (Nyati and Hindu)


Alipor Masjid

Anjuman Esha-Etul, Depot Road, Durban

Anjuman Fejeh, f. 1895, Johannesburg

Anjuman Islam, Durban

Anjuman Islam,  f. 1910,  Somerset Strand,

Anjuman Kuvtul Islam, Durban

Anjuman Kuvtul Islam Dadar, Durban

Anjuman Hedayatul Islam

Bodana Masjid

British Indian Mahomedan Association, Mafeking

Dayadara Anjuman Madressa

Diamond Fields Janjira Anjuman Society

Dhabel Anjuman Islam

Dhabel Madressa

Diwa, Kosamdi, and Datal Islamia, Durban

Diwa and Kosamdi Madressa, Durban

Grey Street Madressa, Durban

Habibia Muslim Society

Hamdard Society

Hamidia Islamic Society, Johannesburg

Kanamia Anjuman Islam

Kathor Anjuman Madressa

Kathor Madressa Anjuam Islam

Kathor Mehfil Ronkul Islam

Kathor Mehfil Zintol Islam

Kholvad Jamat

Kholvad Mehfil Saiful Islam

Kokney Muslim League

Ladysmith Islamic Society

Madressa Sokatul Islam Panoli, Durban

Mafile Osmania Cricket Club

Mahomedan Club, Marburg

Mahomedan Debating Society, Dundee

Mahomedan Mastik Society, Durban

Mahomedan Theatrical Group

Mehafil Eslam Mota-Varachha, Pietermaritzburg, f. 1905

Mehfil Islam, Estcourt

Mehfil Islam, f. 1912, Stanger

Mehfil Kuvtul Islam (for Dhalvasi residents in India)

Muslim Labour Association

Mota-Varaccha Society, f. 1905, Pietermaritzburg

Natal Memon Community

Newtown Hamidia Surtee Masjid

Ottoman Cricket Club, Durban (Muslim?)

Panoli Anjuman Islam

Panoli Anjuman Payra (Pairao)

Panoli Shoktul (Savkutuaal) Islam, Durban

Pinetown Mahomedan Society

Point Indian Young Men's Society, Durban

Point Mahomedan Society, Durban

Ranvav Anjuman Islam

Ranvav Ichtul Islam

Ranvav Ikwa-Tul Islam

Shoktul Islam, Durban

South African Janjira Anjuman

South African Moslem League

South African Moslem Association

Stanger Mehfil Islam

Tidul Islam Kosamdi Madressa

Young Muslim Society, Durban

Young Muslim Association, Pretoria


Aryan Literary Association, Pietermaritzburg  (Hindus only?)

Awakened Indian Society, Cape Town

British India League, Cape Town

British Indian Association, Johannesburg

British Indian Union, Cape Town

Cape British Indian Association

Colonial Born Indian Association, Natal

Colonial Born Hindu Benefit Society, Port Elizabeth

Durban Indian Society

Durban Indian Association

Durban Indian Library

Durban Indian Women's Association

Durban Fruiterers Association

Indian Young Men's National Union, Kimberley

Indian Political Association, Kimberley

Indian Chamber of Commerce, Durban

Ladysmith Farmers Association

Madras Indian Association (secular?)

Natal Indian Congress

Natal Indian Association

Newcastle Indian Organization

Ottoman Cricket Club, Durban (secular?)

Rustenberg United Assembly

South African Indian Association, Cape Town

St. Aidan's Literary and Debating Society, Durban

  (Sources: Mainly from Indian Opinion and African Chronicle) 


Mehfil Saiful Islam Annual Report

The Mehfil's secretary reported on 15 February 1910.

On 13 February, Kholvad's Mehfil Saiful Islam's annual meeting took place in the library hall. Mr Hoosein Ismail Khota was the chairman. Mr Hajee Moosa Hajee Ahmed Dindar was elected chairman in place of Mr. Hajee Ebrhim Hajee Ahmed Dindar who was in the Transvaal. In place of Mr Hajee Moosa Dindar, Mr. Mahomed Ahmed Badat was elected as member of the subcommittee. Mr. Goolam Ahmed Bihari read the Mehfil's annual report whose main points are as follows.

The names of the trustees, managing board, and subcommittee members are listed at the beginning of the report. The Mehfil's nine objectives and eighty rules are set out. By the year's end, the total of 52 members is made up of one life member, 16 first-class members, 21 second-class members, and 14 third-class members.

Financial Details: When the last report was published, the Mehfil's balance was Rs 2305-15-9. In previous years, the income was made up of Rs 124 in subscriptions, Rs 388-8-0 in gift funds, Rs 796-12-0 in village repairs, and Rs 559-12-0 , and Rs 559-12-0 in Gurba funds. In addition, the sale of unused library books came to Rs 5-6-0, which together with refunded newspaper subscription of Rs 1-10-0 came to a total of Rs 7. [sic] Mehfil's rental from its let-out building was Rs 20. Scrap metal was sold, and this brought a credit balance of Rs 56-12-6 to the building account. For construction work to Mehfil's building, Rs 639-13-1 was borrowed from Mr. Hajee Ebrahim Dindar, and Rs 165 from Mr Ahmed Suleiman Saloojee Patel. In this way, the income for the last 2.5 years was Rs 5063-9-10.

From this amount, the building cost was Rs 3187-0-4, debit of Rs 90 for double credit, Rs 18-12-0 held by Mahomed Essop Teli, and Rs 168-8-6 for the purchase of newspapers, pamphlets, and books for the library, for furniture and its rental of Rs 33-4-0, Rs 11-9-4 for stationery and stamps, Rs 68-10-7 for workers' wages, and miscellaneous expenditure for gatherings and the cost of printing the last report;  add up to expenses of Rs 108-4-9, village repairs of Rs 515-5-9, and Gurba fund donations of Rs 304-9-6 over 2.5 years for 685 poor people. The total expenses come to Rs 4536-2-2. These items of income and expenditure leave the Mehfil with a credit balance of Rs 20-14-5 in cash, Rs 281-6-3 in repair fund, Rs 225-3-0 in Gurba fund, totalling Rs 506-9-3 in Mr. Hajee Ahmed Dindar's possession. The total balance as at the end of the year is Rs 527-7-8.

As of now, Mehfil has assets of Rs 3187-8-4 in building, Rs 169-12-0 in furniture, and Rs 202-3-3 in books, adding up to Rs 3598-15-7 in stock and Rs 141-6-0 worth of assorted items donated by 15 members.

This long report will be printed in a booklet. The Mehfil adjourned.      

(Source: Indian Opinion, March 26, 1910)


Trust Deed of Mehafil Eslam Mota-Varachha

Memorandum of Agreement made and entered into Pietermaritzburg, colony of Natal, this first day of October 1905, by and between Amod Bayat, Dawood Mahomed Bayat, Ismail Ebrahim Bayat, and Moosa Ebrahim Rawat all of Pietermaritzburg, storekeepers, Mahomed Sulleman Vaid, Mahomed Ebrhaim Seedat of Newcastle, Amod Mahomed Badat Haffijee of Estcourt and Dawood Amod of Umzimkulu, storekeepers, all natives of Mota-Varaccha District, Surat, India. 


That the above parties have agreed to form a Benevolent Society to be known as The Mehafil Eslam of Mota-Varaccha upon the following conditions, viz.: 

That all the parties hereto are the Trustees and Committee of Management of the affairs of the Society:  

1.   That said Amod Bayat shall be the president and the said Mahomed Ebrahim Seedat the secretary and treasurer of the said Society, but the majority in number of the Committee of Management shall have the right any time and at all times to elect and appoint other members of the Committee to fill the positions of president and secretary and treasurer.   

2. It is further agreed that the funds already collected, or hereafter from time to time collected shall be used for the building of schools, assisting persons who are destitute, and for any other purpose which may be decided upon the majority in number of the aforesaid Committee of Management.   

3. In the event of the resignation of any one or more of the said Trustees, the retiring Trustee or Trustees shall appoint some other person or persons who are natives of Varaccha to be Trustee or Trustees in his or their place.  

4. In the event of the death of any of the Trustee or Trustees then the majority of the remaining Trustees shall appoint as a successor in office either a brother or son of such deceased Trustee or Trustees.   

5. All funds belonging to the Society shall be placed in a Bank by the secretary and treasurer to the credit of The Mehafil Eslam of Mota-Varaccha. 

6. All cheques shall be signed by the president and secretary and treasurer.  

7. The secretary and treasurer shall on the 30th day of  June and 31st day of December in each and every year, prepare and transmit to each and every member of the Committee of Management, a full statement of accounts and report showing the true position of affairs of the Society.  

8. All the members of the Committee of Management and their successors in office shall render service free of charge to the Society.  

9. The secretary and treasurer shall keep a record in a minute book of all proceedings of the said Society. 

Thus done and executed at Pietermaritzburg on the day, month, and year first above written, in the presence of the undersigned witnesses. 

As witnesses:                                       

Amod Bayat

Parsee  E. Cowasjee                                       

Y. S. Vaid  

Mahomed Ebrahim Seedat   

Ismail Ebrahim Bayat     

D. M. Bayat  

Moosa Rawat        

A.M.B. Haffijee    

Amod Mamoojee Motala      

M. S. Vaid      

(Source: Hassim Seedat Collection)