On Friday, 19 March, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements, a Habitat Home Dedication took place in Drieziek, Ext 4, Orange Farm.
Last year during the Nelson Mandela Day Build Event in July, many corporates partnered with Habitat SA and our partner construction companies, Agisanang and NJR projects to build 42 homes in honour of Tata Madiba’s legacy.
The homes were dedicated and the 87 local community crew members who were upskilled, trained and employed to work alongside Habitat for Humanity SA and the volunteers were celebrated and awarded certificates of Excellence in Community Service.
CHEP, a supply chain logistics and pallet container company, was one of the corporates who joined hands with us on the Nelson Mandela Day Build last year. CHEP’s Director, Gerhard Stander, delivered this message to the audience at the opening ceremony of the Home Dedication: “We believe that we, both as big corporates and as single individuals have a unique role to play and because the social challenges that we are facing in our country are so substantial, we can only be successful when we address them together”.
CHEP’s business model is a circular one. They ensure that they use a portion of their resources toward sustainable development and giving back to local communities. CHEP’s staff (500+) receive three days of paid leave a year to use in employee volunteering – giving back to the community, 1500+ days a year.
“This creates fantastic engagement with our employees. They see that we live our values and don’t just talk about them. It allows diversity and inclusion to blossom as we bring teams from across the business and its structures together to create something together. It allows us to build a South Africa that we can all be proud of.”