16 November 2007
Johannesburg Housing Company (JHC) is proud to announce that its CEO, Taffy Adler, is the winner of Ernst & Young and the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur Award for 2007. Taffy received this prestigious accolade at an awards banquet at the Wanderers Club in Illovo last night.
The Social Entrepreneur Award was introduced to recognise excellence in innovative solutions, creative design and implementation of high impact initiatives that have significantly transformed the lives of thousands of people. It aims to highlight entrepreneurial and market-orientated approaches to create social value.
Taffy laid the foundations for JHC in 1995. Since then he has been visionary behind changing the face of downtown Johannesburg while providing safe and affordable housing to those who wish to make the City their home.
Under his leadership the company has grown to one of the largest social housing companies in South Africa with 24 buildings, approximately 2800 units and 8500 tenants. JHC standards of management and maintenance are international best practice, and JHC levels of customer satisfaction, rental arrears, bad debt and vacancies are admired by social housing institutions worldwide. JHC’s community development work is pioneering in the urban development context, giving rise to activities which address the social disintegration so evident in Johannesburg’s urban transition.