Former South African President Mandela is greeted by Lucas Radebe and Francois Pienaar at Ellis Park before the 2005 Mandela Challenge match between the Springboks and Australia. Photo: REUTERS

CAPE TOWN – The Nelson Mandela Foundation, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity SA and the Department of Human Settlements, is honouring his legacy by building 100 homes for 100 families across the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

On Wednesday, three of the Western Cape’s biggest sports teams, the Stormers, Cape Town City, and the Cape Cobras will roll up their sleeves to assist the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Habitat for Humanity SA in the Cape Town house-build week, which ends on Thursday. 

The three Western Cape sports brands will be in Bardale, Mfuleni, 30km from Cape Town on Mandela Day, where they will be assisting the Habitat for Humanity SA volunteers and Sbu-Leno Construction with constructing walls, mixing cement and interacting with the community.

“Building the South Africa Nelson Mandela dreamed of is only possible if we come together and raise our hearts, hands and voices to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter," said Lyndall McCarthy, resource development  and communications officer at Habitat for Humanity SA. 

"We, therefore, would like to thank WP, Cape Town City and Cape Cobras for participating and contributing immensely to this initiative in honour of Tata’s 100-year celebration."

Cape Town City chairman John Comitis is proud to have his club involved: “This initiative by this fund to embark on building 100 homes together with Habitat for Humanity SA is a fantastic idea, with the energy of Optimise Agency bringing together three major sporting brands in the Western Cape.

"This initiative unifies us, putting us all under one roof in honour of the biggest unifier of them all, Nelson Mandela. Under his name and with all the respect to him, this is an initiative that will bring communities together and make people realise that the Western Cape is united. 

"People are united in sport through the power of football, rugby and cricket and this project brings all South Africans together.”

Beresford Williams, chairman of Western Cape Cricket. believes that this is merely the start of something special between the three sports brands.

African News Agency (ANA)

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