Young Professionals and Leadership Build – JHB

Palm Ridge
March 2020 (tbc)


“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” Benjamin Disraeli

Young professionals are an essential part of continuing South Africa’s leadership capacity.

Mentorship is something that requires strong commitment from the experienced and the eager to learn. The end results, however, are more than worth it. The CEO & Young Professional’s Build aims to connect experience with young potential; to offer a platform to engage, share lessons, create connections and provide invaluable opportunities toward hope-filled futures.

Palm Ridge Community

The identified project is in the East of Johannesburg, under the City of Ekurhuleni – in Germiston. The project is projected to complete 3000 houses with three different contractors constructing 1000 each. Temi construction is the partner in this project.

It is a green-field project, beneficiaries who are scattered all over east rand including the following informal settlements: Phola Park, Sonkezizwe and Thembalihle.

The housing development is integrated; it includes both RDP and serviced site development. The project will take a period of three years to be completed. Habitat for Humanity SA will be facilitating the community development in this community while hosting build events with Temi Construction.

Challenges that currently face the community include poor infrastructure (poorly tarred roads), ill-equipped school facilities, inconsistent service provision (power failures), leadership conflicts and a lack of skills development training for the community’s youth.

Habitat for Humanity SA has mobilised homeowners to participate in the housing development process. Through shelter, we aim to contribute to meaningful social change and development in Palm Ridge by enhancing capabilities and capitalising on existing resources to build strength, stability and self-reliance on a household level. The programme aims to bring people together to co-create solutions to shelter problems, facilitate access to decent and affordable shelter and to sustain the socio-economic outcomes that emerge from the process. 

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