Habitat for Humanity South Africa
for Humanity South Africa (HFHSA) has been actively building in South Africa
since 1996 and families have been served across 34 communities. As a community
development organisation HFHSA engages with local communities in the greater
Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg areas.
was founded in 1987. Three years after its founding, violence and unrest in the
project areas brought work to a halt. It was only in 1996 that HFHSA began building
in earnest again. As a recognised Section 21 Non-Profit Organisation, HFHSA is
ideally situated to address the severe housing needs of the country. Initially
HFHSA worked with partner communities in impoverished areas. This affiliate
model has been subsequently replaced with a project model in which each project
is uniquely tailored to suit the needs of the homeowner group, the
environmental and social conditions of the communities and the available funds.
A unique feature of HFHSA as an
organisation is that it partners with community groups or other organisations
to help address an identified housing need. Once this partnership has been formalised a lengthy process of education
and training begins. This is crucial to the development of the homeowner group
and is an important focus area of HFHSA’s ministry.
About South Africa
South Africa is one of the most diverse and enchanting
countries in the world. Exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and
culture offer a unique and inspiring experience. South
Africa is located on the southern tip of the African continent, bordered by
northern neighbours Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It
encompasses the independent mountain kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland and is
flanked by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the warm Indian Ocean on the east
- giving the country its spectacular range of biodiversity.
South Africa occupies 4% of the continent's total
landmass, covering an area of 1 221 040 square kilometres. The country is five times larger
than Great Britain and three times the size of Texas. South
Africa enjoys a temperate and pleasant climate, with lovely warm sunny days
most of the year. South Africa enjoys one of the world's highest average daily
hours of sunshine - 8.5 compared with 3.8 in London, 6.4 in Rome and 6.9 in New
York. South Africa is home to some 47.7 million people - a
as diverse in makeup as the country's geography is varied. Almost 77% are black
(or African), 11% white and 9% "coloured", the local label for people
of mixed African, Asian and white descent. Just over half the population lives
in the cities. Three-quarters are Christian and most of the other major world
religions are represented here.
There are 11 officially
most of them indigenous to South Africa. English is one of these, and
everywhere you go, you can expect to find people who speak and understand it.
English is the language of the cities, of commerce and banking, of government
and official documents. Road signs and official forms are in English.