Building South Africa together,

one community at a time

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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67 homes for 67 families – the target for the 2017 Nelson Mandela International Team Build in Orange Farm, Gauteng

Only a few months to go until our Nelson Mandela International Team build! Our objective is to build 67 homes for 67 families with the help of volunteers.​ Help us achieve this target by booking your team today.  Together let’s bring Madiba’s legacy to life and build the country of our dreams! Email:  nmd@habitat.org.za or call 081 840 7968​ for information   Book your team now! ...
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Advocacy Training Course

Western Cape Government: Integrated Sustainable Human Settlements Training Course

In collaboration with the University of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government Department of Human Settlement presented an accredited training course on Integrated Sustainable Human Settlements from 6 to 10 February at the UCT Sports Science Institute in Cape Town. The Development Action Group (DAG) and the Isandla Institute organised and facilitated the course – which was focused on informal settlement upgrading in line with Provincial Strategic Goal 4: Enable a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment – in ...
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Building the fabric of our nation

We are proud to bring you our 2016 Annual Report. In response to the changes that are taking place both locally and globally, Habitat South Africa has evolved its approach as it seeks to help address the many challenges related to urbanization. Over the past four years, we have shifted from a construction charity approach and are now evolving to a community development one that focuses on shelter-related issues. Our programme is asset-based, centering on people’s abilities to identify their ...
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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 ...
Read More

67 homes for 67 families – the target for the 2017 Nelson Mandela International Team Build in Orange Farm, Gauteng

Only a few months to go until our Nelson Mandela International Team build! Our objective is to build 67 homes for 67 families with the help of volunteers.​ Help us achieve this target by booking your team today.  Together let’s bring Madiba’s legacy to life and build the country of our dreams! Email:  nmd@habitat.org.za or call 081 840 7968​ for information   Book your team now! ...
Read More
Advocacy Training Course

Western Cape Government: Integrated Sustainable Human Settlements Training Course

In collaboration with the University of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government Department of Human Settlement presented an accredited training course on Integrated Sustainable Human Settlements from 6 to 10 February at the UCT Sports Science Institute in Cape Town. The Development Action Group (DAG) and the Isandla Institute organised and facilitated the course – which was focused on informal settlement upgrading in line with Provincial Strategic Goal 4: Enable a resilient, sustainable, quality and inclusive living environment – in ...
Read More
HFHSA_AnnualReport_cover

Building the fabric of our nation

We are proud to bring you our 2016 Annual Report. In response to the changes that are taking place both locally and globally, Habitat South Africa has evolved its approach as it seeks to help address the many challenges related to urbanization. Over the past four years, we have shifted from a construction charity approach and are now evolving to a community development one that focuses on shelter-related issues. Our programme is asset-based, centering on people’s abilities to identify their ...
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New Faces at Habitat

Steve Voortman, Digital & Social Media Intern For as long as I can remember, and longer my parents assure me, I have always been interested in the lives of others and have always felt the injustices of the world as though they were done unto me.  Although I grew up relatively sheltered in a suburban neighbourhood, the troubles of the world always seemed to seep through, in various  forms, such as of Zapiro cartoons which I loved since before I could read, ...
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New Faces at Habitat

Patrick Kulati, National Director Patrick joined Habitat on 3 October 2016. Patrick is an experienced leader with expertise in areas such as strategic leadership, change management, stakeholder management, business planning processes, human resources management and governance at senior levels. He has worked in various NPOs, university and local government sectors. In 2002, he was selected as part of a crop of young leaders to develop Mt Fleur Scenarios known as South Africa 2020 Scenarios under the auspices of African Leadership Institute, ...
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Building on Solid Ground in South Africa

Aligned to the New Urban Agenda, our vision for the future is one where everyone has access to decent, affordable shelter and lives in inclusive, thriving communities. While we empower our partner communities in their development journey, we’re also one of the 27 countries championing Solid Ground, Habitat for Humanity’s first global advocacy campaign. One of the campaign’s priorities is to promote pro-poor informal settlement upgrading, a practice in which the community is an active and equitable partner in the upgrading process. We ...
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On the March to Habitat III

Cities are pathways out of poverty, but poverty is rapidly urbanizing. To address these challenges, all countries need to collaborate and create solutions together. Habitat III, a momentous United Nations summit that only occurs every 20 years, helped set the stage for a unified global approach to shelter and urban issues. At this event in October, world leaders adopted the New Urban Agenda – an innovative and actionable document addressing these shelter and city issues worldwide. In the months leading up to Habitat ...
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A Generation of Change Makers Celebrates Madiba’s Legacy

“Do it yourself! Do it yourself!” was the resounding chant at the conclusion of Habitat’s Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Home Improvement Workshop on Nelson Mandela International Day. At the workshop in Orange Farm Ext. 6 in Gauteng, the community was empowered with knowledge and skills to make their homes safer and healthier for their families. Meanwhile in the Western Cape, the Mfuleni community mobilised for 67+ minutes to clean a local community hall. On Madiba’s birthday (18 July), over 120 participants from Orange ...
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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.