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100 Homes for 100 Families in Honour of 100 Years

“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela 2018 will mark a major milestone in the incredible story of Nelson Mandela - his Centenary year. Habitat for Humanity SA in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Department of Human Settlements will be honouring Tata Madiba’s legacy by building 100 homes for 100 families across three provinces this Nelson Mandela Day; namely the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal. Building the South ...
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Ruo Emoh WaSH Project: Mitchells Plain

In late 2017, Habitat for Humanity South Africa in partnership with People’s Environmental Planning (PEP) embarked on a journey to implement household-level Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) solutions for all 49 households of the community of Colorado Park in Mitchells Plain in the City of Cape Town. The objective of the Ruo Emoh (Our Home) project is to showcase how low-cost housing can be designed to include more environmentally sustainable interventions than are currently being considered for subsidised housing solutions in South ...
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Habitat Home Dedication: Drieziek, Ext 4, Orange Farm

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 ...
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BRIC Schools’ Cyclathon 2018

On the 26-27 January, we truly witnessed the spirit of 'ubuntu' as we were blessed by students, cyclists, musicians and donors who made it an epic 25-hours of BRIC Schools' Cyclathon magic! We are so grateful to the group of Cape Town Southern Suburbs schools who spend many hours planning the logistics and fundraising toward this event each year, as well as participating in the gruelling hours on the bikes: Rustenburg Girls' High School, Westerford High School, Rondebosch Boys' High School, ...
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Practitioner’s Platform engagement

The dust has started to settle after the adoption of the New Urban Agenda. Rapid urban growth is a reality, and actors from across the globe have advocated extensively for the adoption of people-centred partnerships in informal settlement upgrading. This begs the question… What do we do next? Habitat for Humanity SA hosted a Practitioner’s Platform engagement themed Sekunjalo Ke Nako – Now is the Time! on 17 November 2016 with the objective to investigate opportunities for sector collaboration in informal settlement ...
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100 Homes for 100 Families in Honour of 100 Years

“We must use time wisely and forever realise that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela 2018 will mark a major milestone in the incredible story of Nelson Mandela - his Centenary year. Habitat for Humanity SA in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Department of Human Settlements will be honouring Tata Madiba’s legacy by building 100 homes for 100 families across three provinces this Nelson Mandela Day; namely the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal. Building the South ...
Read More
DSC_0162

Ruo Emoh WaSH Project: Mitchells Plain

In late 2017, Habitat for Humanity South Africa in partnership with People’s Environmental Planning (PEP) embarked on a journey to implement household-level Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) solutions for all 49 households of the community of Colorado Park in Mitchells Plain in the City of Cape Town. The objective of the Ruo Emoh (Our Home) project is to showcase how low-cost housing can be designed to include more environmentally sustainable interventions than are currently being considered for subsidised housing solutions in South ...
Read More
JUTT1695

Habitat Home Dedication: Drieziek, Ext 4, Orange Farm

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 ...
Read More
JDCJ2979

BRIC Schools’ Cyclathon 2018

On the 26-27 January, we truly witnessed the spirit of 'ubuntu' as we were blessed by students, cyclists, musicians and donors who made it an epic 25-hours of BRIC Schools' Cyclathon magic! We are so grateful to the group of Cape Town Southern Suburbs schools who spend many hours planning the logistics and fundraising toward this event each year, as well as participating in the gruelling hours on the bikes: Rustenburg Girls' High School, Westerford High School, Rondebosch Boys' High School, ...
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Japanese Students Global Village Build: Umgababa

Being back in Umgababa, Kwazulu Natal and building atop the garden city’s exquisite rolling hills has been a highlight of our Build Event calendar this year. In partnership with construction company, Dezzo Holdings, we had a group of 19 Japanese students from Habitat Japan’s Campus Chapter join hands with Thuli Nkumbula and her family in Hlanzeni from 19 – 30 April. Thuli Nkumbula, 30, stays with her mom Maniza Masoka, 55, and the rest of her family of eight in a ...
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hear from our volunteers

HAPPY, GRATEFUL, INSPIRED, SO MANY EMOTIONS!
  • Shari Blanc
    One of the most rewarding aspects of the build was to work alongside the home partners. The excitement they felt putting together the bricks of their future home was infectious and I am so grateful to have been a part of that. I look forward to the day I can return to visit the new friends I have made.
  • Gavin Thomson
    When I think about Habitat, it's more than just building homes. It’s building relationships. Not just with the home partners, but also with one another too. It’s about building bridges across our country and cultures.
  • Karen Millin
    If you have the chance, join the build for Habitat for Humanity this year. The work is sometimes hard and almost always messy but it is an experience that is so richly rewarding, you will never forget it.

frequently asked questions.

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1. Why does Habitat have team build events?

To bring together people from all walks of life. By working alongside our communities, active citizens have real conversations with each other and build authentic relationships. We want our participants to change South Africa through their hearts, hands and voices, whilst simultaneously developing an understanding and awareness of the issues around poverty and unemployment.

2. Why must I pay money to participate in a build event?

This money funds Habitat’s Social Facilitation Programme. This programme empowers homeowners with the knowledge and the skills they need to make informed decisions about their own development project, as well as to understand and value their home as an asset and the responsibilities associated with that investment. It’s part of how we make our work sustainable.

3. I have never built before – can I still volunteer my time?

Of course! Non-construction related tasks are available and depend on the needs of the community. For example, you could volunteer and help by setting up food gardens.

4. What will I be doing on the build site?

Your work may include mixing cement, moving blocks, clearing and cleaning the site, bagging and mapping the walls, , laying blocks, listening to instructions or keeping your fellow team members hydrated with a regular supply of water.

5. What is expected of me?

Simply put, a good attitude, willingness to serve the community, an open mind and honest feedback if you have any concerns.