January 3rd 2011
Paul Durrant, Habitat for Humanity South Africa’s new National Director.
CAPE TOWN, 3rd of January 2011. Paul takes up the position as National Director of Habitat for Humanity SA at a very interesting and exciting time in our growth, both locally and globally.
Habitat for Humanity International’s goal over the next few years is to be able to serve more than 100 000 families annually (about 400 000 families have been served in total over the past 35 years). Key to achieving this significant objective is challenging Habitat country offices (including South Africa) to think differently in how they provide shelter to the poor. Scale and sustainability are the key tenets, and it was in this context that the National Board sought after a different kind of National Director.
Paul’s background is an entrepreneurial one; he set up his first business shortly after leaving school and has spent much of the past 16 years starting and growing companies in the internet sector. He spent seven years doing this in the UK before returning to Cape Town some 4 years ago. It was at this time that he became increasingly involved as a volunteer in the non-profit sector. Before he was appointed as National Director, he was spending a few days each week as a volunteer serving others at TSiBA Education (a university in Pinelands), The Warehouse (which works to alleviate poverty and injustice) and Habitat for Humanity (as a crew-leader). It was this passion and commitment to serve the poor and marginalised which impressed the National Board and lead to the decision to appoint him to take the organisation forward.
He is married to Christine and has two little girls, Ella (4) and Alice, (nearly 2).
Paul commenced work on 3rd January and is capably supported by an experienced Servant Leadership Team (SLT) each of whose tenure at Habitat averages over seven years. His first month has seen many highlights, including visiting all our teams and projects in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
The 2011 building year started with the Standard Bank corporate build (an event which even made its way onto SABC3’s Expresso breakfast show. The New Year has also seen the steady growth in our multi-year corporate sponsorships.
There is much to be positive about and thankful for at Habitat for Humanity SA, and we thank God for his unceasing provision and blessings for our mission.
Thank you for your continued support and involvement, and we look forward to sharing news of our continued progress with you in 2011 and beyond.