Building South Africa together,

one community at a time
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Heart of @home

Give the gift that gives back. Last year, @home approached Habitat SA with the idea of a 5-year partnership as part of their CSI ‘Heart of @home’ initiative that combines @home's passion for the home with their commitment to helping build better communities. Habitat SA was honoured to learn of the selection process that had led to its nomination as chosen partner. Jani van Niekerk who submitted Habitat SA for nomination had built with TFG’s Group CSI and Habitat SA in 2008 ...
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Homeowner Training: Mfuleni – 15 September 2018

Homeowner Training: Mfuleni – 15 September 2018 Mfuleni's homeowners attended a Training session that covered Homeowner Rights and Responsibilities and Basic Home DIY. Thank you to our spirited participants, Sbu-Leno, City of Cape Town, 'Simunye' Community Crew and our invaluable Community Development Practitioners (CDPs) for empowering these new homeowners with knowledge to work toward improved livelihoods. The workshop was designed and facilitated to meet the following objectives:
  • To inform homeowners about their rights and responsibilities
  • To create awareness on water usage, waste removal, ...
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365 Ubuntu Climbs – Andrew Patterson

365 Ubuntu Climbs – Andrew Patterson On 11 September, Andrew Patterson (365Ubuntu Climbs) returned to Wallacedene, Cape Town, to visit Masande in her family’s ‘new’ home that was built in February this year by Dave Kovac’s US Global Village team. It was a happy morning with 7 of us taking over the cool lounge. Andrew posted this online about the experience: This is my motivation. Masande invited us back to have coffee and cake in her new home. Hearing how her families first winter ...
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Women’s Day: Mercedes-Benz Build – 20-24 August 2018

Women's Day: Mercedes-Benz Build – 20-24 August 2018  When women build; families succeed, communities grow and our communities thrive. Habitat South Africa’s Women Acting on the Challenge of Housing (WATCH) Build was a five-day volunteer Build event in Lawley, Johannesburg. In partnership with Mercedes-Benz South Africa, the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements and Temi Construction, corporate volunteers came together to build safe, affordable homes for 17 low-income South African households. “At Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) we believe in the importance of partnerships to ...
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Leave Your Legacy

A bequest is a gift of personal property named to a beneficiary under a Will. Personal property includes any asset, finances or personal belongings. The Will specifies the terms on which the bequest is made, in particular, the purpose of the gift. When you make a gift to Habitat for Humanity SA, you become an integral partner in the mission of building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. You can make a gift in your will, trust, or other account that becomes ...
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2017 Annual Report

We are proud to bring you our 2017 Annual Report. Currently, South Africa is one of the world’s most unequal societies with approximately 12 million South Africans living in extreme poverty. Habitat for Humanity SA are driven by the belief that providing people with adequate, decent and affordable shelter is the best way to turn the tide on poverty. Habitat for Humanity SA has an overarching developmental approach which is informed by a People-Public-Private partnership (P-4) model which leverages resources from communities, government and private sector ...
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Heart of @home

Give the gift that gives back. Last year, @home approached Habitat SA with the idea of a 5-year partnership as part of their CSI ‘Heart of @home’ initiative that combines @home's passion for the home with their commitment to helping build better communities. Habitat SA was honoured to learn of the selection process that had led to its nomination as chosen partner. Jani van Niekerk who submitted Habitat SA for nomination had built with TFG’s Group CSI and Habitat SA in 2008 ...
Read More
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Homeowner Training: Mfuleni – 15 September 2018

Homeowner Training: Mfuleni – 15 September 2018 Mfuleni's homeowners attended a Training session that covered Homeowner Rights and Responsibilities and Basic Home DIY. Thank you to our spirited participants, Sbu-Leno, City of Cape Town, 'Simunye' Community Crew and our invaluable Community Development Practitioners (CDPs) for empowering these new homeowners with knowledge to work toward improved livelihoods. The workshop was designed and facilitated to meet the following objectives: To inform homeowners about their rights and responsibilities To create awareness on water usage, waste removal, ...
Read More
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365 Ubuntu Climbs – Andrew Patterson

365 Ubuntu Climbs – Andrew Patterson On 11 September, Andrew Patterson (365Ubuntu Climbs) returned to Wallacedene, Cape Town, to visit Masande in her family’s ‘new’ home that was built in February this year by Dave Kovac’s US Global Village team. It was a happy morning with 7 of us taking over the cool lounge. Andrew posted this online about the experience: “This is my motivation. Masande invited us back to have coffee and cake in her new home. Hearing how her families first winter ...
Read More
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Women’s Day: Mercedes-Benz Build – 20-24 August 2018

Women's Day: Mercedes-Benz Build – 20-24 August 2018  When women build; families succeed, communities grow and our communities thrive. Habitat South Africa’s Women Acting on the Challenge of Housing (WATCH) Build was a five-day volunteer Build event in Lawley, Johannesburg. In partnership with Mercedes-Benz South Africa, the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements and Temi Construction, corporate volunteers came together to build safe, affordable homes for 17 low-income South African households. “At Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) we believe in the importance of partnerships to ...
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Nelson Mandela Day Build: 16 – 20 July 2018

Nelson Mandela Day Centenary Build: 16-20 July 2018 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 has marked a major milestone in the incredible story of Nelson Mandela - his Centenary year. Habitat SA in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Department of Human Settlements honoured Tat’u Madiba’s legacy by building 70 homes across three provinces; Western Cape, Gauteng and ...
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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.