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Habitat for Humanity to build homes for Mandela Day

Habitat for Humanity South Africa in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation will be hosting their Nelson Mandela International Build Week from July 17 to 21 in Orange Farm, Gauteng.



The goal is to build 67 homes for 67 families in honour of the annual call for people to devote one minute of their time for every year of Mandela’s public service.

Habitat for Humanity South Africa is the local iteration of the US non-profit organisation founded on the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live. This year marks the organisation’s 21st year in South Africa and celebrations will be held in December.

In 2013 the strategy of Habitat for Humanity South Africa shifted to building not only homes but entire communities. To bring this to life, Habitat invokes a P4 approach – people, public, private, partnership – which has become the driving force to bring active citizens together with the help of business and government to address the country’s housing issue.

Central to the success of this P4 approach is ensuring the community is at the centre of the partnership, as they know their needs and what they would like to achieve in their communities. SA has a current housing backlog of two million, with rapid urbanisation exacerbating the situation.

“Mobilising South Africans to become actively involved to uplift communities and give them access to decent shelter, as well as skills to improve their lives is important to us at Habitat for Humanity South Africa,” says the organisation’s national director Patrick Kulati. “We have a wealth of skills in SA and we should utilise all citizens so that they can pass their skills on to vulnerable communities.

“The National Development Plan 2030 (NDP) sets out targets to address the housing challenge, one of which is “active citizenry”. This is something that we at Habitat for Humanity South Africa are championing.”

An active citizen is someone who plays a vital role throughout the Habitat for Humanity South Africa value chain, including volunteering at build events, involvement in community-development programmes and using one’s voice to transform government policy through the organisation’s advocacy programmes.

Yase Godlo, manager of Mandela Day, which is held every year on Madiba’s birthday July 18, says: “The day is an opportunity to honour our great statesman and bring to life his vision, values and leadership by taking action against poverty in a way that will bring about sustainable change.”


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