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A home after 40 years of waiting


Premier of the Western Cape Province Helen Zille and the mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille joined about 140 volunteers supporting Habitat for Humanity South Africa. All gathered to build 14 houses for the beneficiaries of the Pelican Park housing project as part of the Habitat for Humanity’s World Habitat Build week from 7 to 11 October. The week coincided with the UN World Habitat Day – celebrated this year on October 7.

This project is one of the largest in the Western Cape and has courted some controversy since many of the beneficiaries in this area have been waiting for more than 40 years for a home of their own. Now, thanks to the Habitat build initiative, 14 families have realized their dream.

Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela visited the site as well. The minister was Habitat’s keynote speaker for the closing ceremony of the World Habitat Day build week and was accompanied to the site by Paul Durrant, national director of Habitat for Humanity South Africa.


Social programs

The week also served as an opportunity to hand over certificates to 39 beneficiaries in Pelican Park. The beneficiaries were handed certificates by the Western Cape Human Settlements Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela and Habitat’s national director Mr Paul Durrant.

Tears of joy were on Berendina Dickson’s face as she got her home certificate in Pelican Park, she is one of the 39 beneficiaries of the project.

All 39 beneficiaries are recent graduates of Habitat’s Social Facilitation Program. Habitat for Humanity’s Social Facilitation Program prepares beneficiaries for home ownership in their new home in Pelican Park. Through the program which includes capacity building and housing consumer education, beneficiaries are empowered with the knowledge and information to understand and to value their home as an asset and investment.