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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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In Memory of Sue Johnson

We were deeply pained by the news of our dear colleague, Sue Johnson’s parting on the morning of 16 May. Sue selflessly served HFHSA in various management positions for 15 years – a major contributor to the strength of the brand within South Africa today. For almost a decade, she bravely fought the onslaught of cancer. Lea Schafer pays tribute to her life and the impact she had on all it touched. “On the very rare occasion we may have the ...
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New Staff Member : Tefo John Mxakaza

Tefo John Mxakaza – Finance Department Meet HFHSA’s newest family member! “I’m a fourth child at home and I grew up in a Christian and structured family with a lot of discipline. Then, I thought my parents were unreasonably strict but later on in life, I went back to thank them for instilling such life’s principles in me which I’m also passing on to my own kids. I pursued a career in Finance and Business Management because I’m fascinated about how macro ...
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Hike 136 with Andrew Patterson: 365 Ubuntu Climbs

  On 16 May, the Cape Town team was privileged to have the opportunity of walking alongside Andrew Patterson on his 136th hike up Table Mountain. Andrew’s initiative, 365 Ubuntu Climbs was established at the beginning of 2018 to show “what we can accomplish when we work together. No contribution is too ‘small’.” So aligned with HFHSA’s belief that it is only through valuable partnerships and working together that we can achieve real lasting impact, it is a privilege to have ...
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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 ...
Read More
sue_staff

In Memory of Sue Johnson

We were deeply pained by the news of our dear colleague, Sue Johnson’s parting on the morning of 16 May. Sue selflessly served HFHSA in various management positions for 15 years – a major contributor to the strength of the brand within South Africa today. For almost a decade, she bravely fought the onslaught of cancer. Lea Schafer pays tribute to her life and the impact she had on all it touched. “On the very rare occasion we may have the ...
Read More
20180628_124653_1

New Staff Member : Tefo John Mxakaza

Tefo John Mxakaza – Finance Department Meet HFHSA’s newest family member! “I’m a fourth child at home and I grew up in a Christian and structured family with a lot of discipline. Then, I thought my parents were unreasonably strict but later on in life, I went back to thank them for instilling such life’s principles in me which I’m also passing on to my own kids. I pursued a career in Finance and Business Management because I’m fascinated about how macro ...
Read More
AndrewP_HFHSA_Hike_1

Hike 136 with Andrew Patterson: 365 Ubuntu Climbs

  On 16 May, the Cape Town team was privileged to have the opportunity of walking alongside Andrew Patterson on his 136th hike up Table Mountain. Andrew’s initiative, 365 Ubuntu Climbs was established at the beginning of 2018 to show “what we can accomplish when we work together. No contribution is too ‘small’.” So aligned with HFHSA’s belief that it is only through valuable partnerships and working together that we can achieve real lasting impact, it is a privilege to have ...
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Young Changemakers Youth Build: 18 – 22 June 2018

Younger generations inspire us to make our world a better place. Idealism is infectious and when paired with tangible delivery, meaningful change occurs. Habitat for Humanity South Africa’s Young Changemakers Youth Build was a five-day volunteer build event where young people from different backgrounds come together to build safe, affordable homes for low-income South African families. At the intersection of aspiration and action; this build event aims to instill a love of volunteering from an early age – laying the foundation for ...
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German Global Village Build: 4 – 9 June 2018

"Living is a basic right! Every family should have the right to their own roof over their head. We will therefore build a house for a needy family in Umgababa (Africa) in June. This will allow a family, which is not blessed today, to start a safe new life." Be the Change_Build a Home This was a post shared on the German Global Village volunteer group’s social media page in preparation for the week’s build in Mpushini, KwaZulu Natal in the ...
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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.