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SABC walks the talk - Madiba style

Brick in one hand and shovel in the other- The Orange Farm community was joyous this past week as the SABC as well as other prominent organisations took to the township to build houses for the less fortunate in support of the 67 minutes for Madiba.

The initiative, dubbed Mandela week, coordinated by Katleho Tsolo, CSI Project Manager (Acting) for the SABC, alongside Adrienne Burke, Marketing Communications Officer -Habitat for Humanity, proved fruitful as the SABC staff got down and dirty.

The project was highlighted by the presence of Minister of Housing, Tokyo Sexwale, who alongside SABC Spokesperson and Chief Operating Officer, Kaizer Kganyago and Hlaudi Motsoeneng, respectively, handed over the keys to one of the recipients of the three houses, Thandi Rasekgwalo.

"I'm very happy", exclaimed the excited Thandi. "It's day 5 already, I can't wait to have the security of a home, I see myself sleeping in my own room and feeling the warmth of a safe shelter.”

Handing the keys to Thandi, the enthused Sexwale shared the importance of having a house. "It"s better to be poor and still have a roof over your head than to be poor and live on the streets."

The three homes built during the week were quality approved by inspectors, who kept a close eye to ensure quality. The beneficiaries of the homes were also put through a series of workshops to educate them about the practicalities and responsibilities of owning a home by Habitat for Humanity.

"A home is instrumental in breaking the shackles of poverty from one generation to the next. When we involve the whole community we are reminded of the power of people, and that’s one of the ethos of Habitat for Humanity”, shared Adrienne Burke. “Let’s make everyday a Mandela Day."

The SABC is proud to participate in a campaign which really empowers communities by restoring human dignity amongst South Africans, may the Madiba legacy live on.

Amanda Masuku


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