J.R Sekwele and Associates has always been passionate about social upliftment projects and empowering impoverished communities we work in. While conducting our work we often encounter individuals/ families that are in need of financial assistance, prompting us to give back when ever permissible. We always endeavour to uplift and transfer skills to the members of the communities we work in by employing a minimum of 60% of our workforce directly from the communities we work in. Previous social responsibility projects completed:



100 houses built in Drieziek Extension 5 with the help of 1000 volunteers in 1 week.

  • The team

  • Volunteers

  • Volunteers

  • Sub-contractors

  • Mr J.R Sekwele

  • J.R Sekwele and Grace Nkosi (City of Joburg)

  • Maria Ramos (Absa Group Executive)

  • J.R Sekwele and Maria Ramos

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  • Amos Masondo (Mayor of Johannesburg)

AMAHA( African Musicians Against HIV and AIDS), SABC, and partners, NHBRC, J.R. Sekwele & Associates, Sowetan, SABC 1, Mabkol Projects, Sunday World, Siyisusile, Mazotsho Construction, Riaphela general services joined forces to build houses for underprivileged people who own the land they live on but cannot afford to build a house.

  • Nomvula Mokonyane (Premier of Gauteng) and
    Tokyo Sexwale (Minister of Human settlements)

  • President Jacob Zuma and Doc Shebeleza (AMAHA Chairman)

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  • President Zuma handing over the house to the beneficiary

  • From left: Molefe Sekwele and Jr Sekwele

Written by Rudo Mungoshi - Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Volunteers have pitched in and are helping to build 100 houses in five days in the new neighbourhood of Drieziek Extension 5.

THERE was an air of excitement in Drieziek Extension 5, in Orange Farm in southern Joburg, as word spread that volunteers had arrived to build new houses. Working on someone's home in Orange Farm Formerly an impoverished slum, the quiet neighbourhood - not accustomed to having high-profile visitors - was soon buzzing with activity as dozens of heavy trucks roared into the area with building supplies.

Curious residents peered through their curtains to watch as volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work with other community members to build a hundred houses in just five days - starting on Monday, 19 October and ending on 23 October.

More than 1 000 volunteers traded their laptops and cellphones for hammers and shovels to help build houses for low income families. They came from YFM, Absa, Gijima Ast, Siemens and the departments of Housing and Correctional Services.

Despite the intense heat and the back-breaking labour, the volunteers courageously pushed heavy wheelbarrows and mixed cement.

"Can you imagine how this world would be if everybody just volunteered for one day?" said Cecilia Skundla, one of the 100 beneficiaries. "It would be a much different world."

Skundla explained that she had lived in appalling conditions in a shack for almost six years and had had to overcome immense hardships. "I have had to endure many tragedies in my life ... But now I look forward to seeing my house complete this Friday."

The operations manager at JR Sekwele & Associates Construction Services, Molefe Sekwele, said 100 buildings were scheduled to be completed by the end of this week. His company is organising the build.

"The main objective is to give back to the community and speed up service delivery within a short space of time," said Sekwele. "Presently, women are the minority in the construction business. Hopefully projects like these will give women the opportunity to see for themselves that they, too, can contribute to a building project and changing the status quo."

Two experienced bricklayers and plasterers had been allocated for each house to help the volunteers in the building, he said.

Drieziek Extension 5 is a greenfield project developed by the City. The area was once a piece of vacant land. In 2007, a total of 11 informal settlements from greater Orange Farm were relocated to pegged stands with bulk infrastructure.

Volunteers came from far and wide

To date, more than 500 houses have been built and allocated to beneficiaries.

The spokesperson at Absa, a major supporter of the project, Thabo Ndelela, said R48 900 had been allocated for each house. This amount covered building materials and labour expenses.

"As part of our continued commitment to the poor, Absa is excited to take part in a wonderful opportunity to provide affordable housing to families in need."

He said a number of criteria was used to select the beneficiaries: they had to be women-led households, dependents and people with disabilities. One of the volunteers, Gijima Ast's group transformation manager, Phillip Pitse, said he had decided to participate to make a difference in people's lives.

"It is good to be part of this initiative. At the end of the day it feels good to know that I am helping the needy."

The houses will be handed over on Friday, 23 October, at 12 noon.