Orange Farm was a hive of activity today on Nelson Mandela Day. Many staffers represented their companies and came to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity, community members and volunteers.
SABC staff welcomed the challenge to get their hands and feet dirty. It was a productive and unified day with lots of building sand, scaffolding and bricks everywhere. Habitat and qualified builders from the community and volunteers have been building houses in the area from 2008.
Elisa Mphuthi, crew leader and community volunteer says they have built over 350 houses since they started four years ago. They hope to finish the house on Friday. Having started building on Monday - that is a completed home in just five days.
Habitat and qualified builders from the community and volunteers have been building houses in the area from 2008
SABC staff were divided into three groups and allocated three different houses to work on. Accompabied by a crew leader and qualified builders, staff stepped up and started moving bricks and shoveling building sand as soon as they arrived.
In our group, House 9, the beneficiary of the home was Aletta Radebe from extension 10. She was more than delighted to finally be getting a proper house and to see so many people coming out to help make her dream come true. She was also getting involved, moving bricks and assisting builders with everything from cement to handing over tools.
Radebe has been living in a small room for many years with her brother and nine children.