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Habitat for Humanity South Africa launches #BuildForMadiba 2023, a nationwide campaign to construct sustainable housing solutions in honour of Madiba Day, partnering with various organizations and aiming to build homes in multiple communities over a five-day period.


South Africa (18 July 2023) – Habitat for Humanity South Africa (HFHSA), a remarkable non-profit organization dedicated to providing decent housing for all, has unveiled its ambitious plans for the #BuildForMadiba 2023 campaign. In honour of Madiba Day, volunteers will once again join forces across the nation to construct sustainable housing solutions.

From July 17th to July 23rd, HFHSA will focus its efforts on Thaba’Nchu, Khayelitsha, and Orange Farm, aiming to build 10, 3, and 5 new homes respectively. The organization has formed valuable partnerships with influential entities such as the Nedbank Foundation, Old Mutual, Pernod Ricard, the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. By collaborating closely with these partners, HFHSA’s volunteers will work hand in hand with communities to combat shelter poverty, contributing to the global fight for adequate housing.

Previous #BuildForMadiba initiatives have witnessed the construction of over 200 houses, providing secure homes for more than 1,000 individuals. When asked about the feasibility of constructing 15 houses within a five-day period, Kgotla Bantsi, the Interim National Director for Habitat for Humanity in South Africa, expressed confidence. With sufficient resources and careful planning, this ambitious goal can be achieved. Each site is allocated up to 10 volunteers per day, and sponsor companies can provide up to 50 individuals for the program. The foundation slabs are prepared before the build commences, accompanied by community and homeowner training and engagement. Subsequently, volunteers, supported by qualified construction personnel, work diligently to erect the basic structures, from exterior and interior walls to the roof plate.

The construction process takes approximately four to six weeks, starting from site clearing and culminating in occupancy. Each deserving family will receive a 40m2 house equipped with two bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen, and a bathroom. This holistic approach ensures that families not only gain a physical shelter but also the foundation for a better life.

On July 18th, distinguished guests, including the Honorable Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi, the National Minister of Human Settlements, will be invited to join the HFHSA location in Thaba’Nchu. Together, they will devote their 67 minutes to assisting in the construction of these life-changing homes.

For those inspired to contribute, cash donations can be made through the Habitat for Humanity South Africa website donation page. If you wish to volunteer your time this year, please contact info@habitat.org.za.

The impact of Habitat for Humanity’s work is truly transformative, as evidenced by the heartfelt testimonials of grateful recipients:

Phumzile Bhengu expressed deep gratitude for the generous donation from Habitat for Humanity South Africa, saying, “I am very humbled and thankful to the Mighty Lord for responding to our prayers as a family. Our dignity is restored, and I no longer have to worry about rain leaking into my house.”

Sbongile Mbhele rejoiced, saying, “We thank God for bringing resilience to our family. We kept believing that our situation was temporary and that it would change one day. Today, we mark the end of our suffering.”

At 77 years old, Mayvis Khoza exuded strength and independence, remarking, “I still do everything for myself. I am not dependent on anyone. I attend community meetings and workshops by myself. I thank God for what I am today. I will be a proud granny living in such a house for my grandson Bongani. Thank you—it was not easy to wait for this long, but it was worth waiting.”

Through their unwavering dedication, Habitat for Humanity South Africa continues to create positive change, one home at a time. Their commitment to building sustainable housing solutions is a testament to the enduring legacy of Madiba and the pursuit of a better future for all.

Sources: Habitat for Humanity
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