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The Herald Online **News**

The Herald Online **News**

THOUSANDS of defective government-built houses in the Eastern Cape are to be fixed.
The National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC) is calling for expressions of interest from suitably qualified companies to rectify all houses in the Eastern Cape with structural defects and not suitable for human habitation.
A total of 11 531 houses have been identified throughout the province for rectification. Municipalities where these houses have been identified are Nelson Mandela Bay, Ukhahlamba, Chris Hani, Amathole, Buffalo City, Alfred Nzo, O R Tambo and Cacadu.
In a programme called “Rectification of Houses”, Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in 2005 requested the provincial housing department to ensure that these houses met the NHBRC‘s technical requirements.
“It is against this background that the Eastern Cape provincial housing department, in collaboration with the NHBRC, hereby invites developers and contractors to a briefing session for consideration to partic…

allAfrica.com: Botswana: Magama Develops Cold Feet As Saleshando Moves BHC Motion (Page 1 of 1)

allAfrica.com: Botswana: Magama Develops Cold Feet As Saleshando Moves BHC Motion (Page 1 of 1): "Ramadeluka Seretse"

The Botswana National Front (BNF) MP for Gaborone South, Akanyang Magama, developed cold feet on Friday when he deferred a motion requesting government to amend Sections 32 and 35 of the country's Constitution.
The MP wanted the sections amended to provide for the direct election of the state president and to abolish automatic succession to the presidency by the Vice President.
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He did not give reasons for deferring the motion. Two motions by the Leader of Opposition, Otsweletse Moupo could not be discussed because he had travelled with Selebi-Phikwe East MP, Nonofo Molefhi to Tanzania on Friday morning to attend a conference HIV/AIDS legislation.
The MP for Gaborone Central, Dumelang Saleshando, tabled a motion requesting government to review the mandate of the Botswana Housing Corporation (BHC) and empower…

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Business Report - Mass housing ready to hit boom times

Business Report - Mass housing ready to hit boom times

Pretoria - Despite billions being pumped into the construction of low-cost housing, the backlog persists at close to 2 million units, says Industry Insight, the construction industry information supplier.However, there has been an improvement in the percentage of people living in informal dwellings, according to the firm's fourth-quarter report on the state of the South African construction industry.It says the policies applied so far have not helped the broad mass of people. The housing needs of low- to middle-income home buyers were often ignored by developers in the recent boom period.However, it says the low-cost and affordable housing sector may yet boom while the traditional residential market is experiencing a slump.It says R39.32 billion of the government's R372 billion five-year infrastructure budget was allocated to this sector.Industry Insight predicts that civil investment will rise by an average of 15.6 percent…

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Build more houses faster, better for less with moladi plastic formwork.

moladi, a South African Company and International supplier for the past 21 years, the pioneer of a one-step casting process for the construction of homes,"...Simply cast a whole house in a day, employing unskilled labour, reducing time, waste and cost, eliminating chasing for plumbing and electrical pipe work, plastering and beam filling, resulting in a wall stronger than brick. A cost effective, holistic design and build technology that far outweighs poorly designed costly concrete-block and masonry structures…
Lack of resources, insufficient funds, skills shortage, time constraints, work flow control and waste are key challenges embodied in affordable housing shortages. Our technology addresses these issues and this is why individuals and organisations recognise moladi as the solution to housing needs throughout the world. We supply technology and support transfer of know-how by means of on site training, int…

The Herald Online **News**

The Herald Online **News**

THE provincial housing department is now calling on outside housing delivery stakeholders to come in and assist in a new housing delivery turnaround strategy.
Some of the key issues are the retraining of emerging contractors, the development of a policy on these contractors, demand and supply management and the registering of housing delivery associations with the department, the National Housing Building Research Council and the Construction Industry Development Board.
These measures are intended to improve housing delivery and product quality. With a total of 484 provincial housing projects, of which only 209 are completed, and 108 others blocked, the provincial housing department faces a mammoth task.
Several meetings have already been held with various stakeholders, including Nafcoc Construction, banks and municipalities, to map out a strategy aimed at improving housing delivery.
According to a report prepared by the department, the Nelson Mandela Bay municip…

allAfrica.com: Kenya: NHC Commits Sh50m to Benefit Low Cost Housing (Page 1 of 1)

allAfrica.com: Kenya: NHC Commits Sh50m to Benefit Low Cost Housing (Page 1 of 1): "Erastus Rinatangu"

The construction of low cost houses has received a boost with the National Housing Corporation set to shed its high street image by venturing into rural areas and suburban zones.
NHC has announced a Sh50 million initial commitment to finance property or unserviced plots away from major towns where most developers, running away from high land costs around the city, are focusing on.
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The scheme is targeting individuals wishing to own houses in these areas where, apart from affordable land, the building code is not strictly enforced, making construction cheaper.

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cimbras formwork coffrage schalungen Encofrados moladi

Build more faster, better for less with moladi plastic formwork

moladi, a South African Company and International supplier for the past 21 years, the pioneer of a one-step casting process for the construction of homes,"...Simply cast a whole house in a day, employing unskilled labour, reducing time, waste and cost, eliminating chasing for plumbing and electrical pipe work, plastering and beam filling, resulting in a wall stronger than brick. A cost effective, holistic design and build technology that far outweighs poorly designed costly concrete-block and masonry structures…

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Moladi solves key low-cost challenges

Moladi solves key low-cost challenges
By Roux van Zyl Business Reporter
WHO would have guessed that houses could be exported from Nelson Mandela Bay?
Local entrepreneur Hennie Botes, designer and owner of Moladi, has been doing just this for the last two decades, of which five years were spent in Port Elizabeth.
Technically speaking he does not export a whole house, rather the means to build a house within one day.
The concept is based on casting technology. First a mould is built from plastic shutter panels in the form of the planned house and is then filled up with a light-weight mortar.
The mortar takes only one day to dry and is then ready to receive a roof and other finishes like window frames and plumbing.
Botes, a tool-maker by trade, started designing the system in 1986. While building a wall at his house he wondered if it might not be possible to cast a whole wall.
Botes developed a plastic injection moulded shutter system that was strong enough to handle the pressure of concrete.
“Ho…

Is this the earliest example of Concrete Housing ?

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Is this the earliest example of Concrete Housing ?

These houses have external walls of solid concrete. They were built in 1852 as part of the East Cowes Park venture, in what is now York Avenue.

155 years later moladi does it on mass - This should answer the question - How strong is moladi walls?







SA budgets R2,7bn over three years for housing

SA budgets R2,7bn over three years for housing

Delivering his 2007 Budget Review speech, Manuel emphasised that this figure had grown significantly, highlighting that in 2004, government spent R4,6-billion on housing, while in 2010, it would be spending nearly triple this amount, or R12,5-billion.

Ministry of Housing

Ministry of Housing - Kenya

1.2 Dissemination of Appropriate Building Technologies The Department of Housing is in charge of dissemination of appropriate low cost building materials and technologies for housing. So far, we have been disseminating the use of stabilized soil blocks and Fibre Concrete Roofing tiles.

This is undertaken through training workshops, to schools community groups and other institutions such as G.K. prisons and construction of demonstration units. Examples of units constructed in 2005 include: -
3 bathrooms and 3 washrooms using stabilized soil blocks (SSB) and roofed in 30g GCI sheets 2 bed-roomed demonstration house units earlier constructed at Langata Women’s prison using the MOLADI-SA building system.The department started constructing four classrooms in November, which will be complete by January 2006, at Kipipiri Primary School.

ArchNet Discussion Forum Forum Top Level

ArchNet Discussion Forum Forum Top Level


Laurie Baker-The father of low cost architecture of India
I'm a Habitat for Humanity Int'l (non-profit affordable-housing homebuilder) volunteer in the U.S., and I'm curious what Laurie Baker followers would make of his modern, more commercial "descendants" -- those doing low-cost, high-efficiency housing for a profit. I'm thinking, specifically, of Moladi in South Africa, which employs a re-usable plastic formwork; there's little "cultural life" to the product, but as pure housing, it seems reasonable. More at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moladi and http://www.moladi.com/index.htm
-- Chris Goodrich, April 9, 2007

SA construction industry will have to double outpuut to meet demand

SA construction industry will have to double output to meet demand

The construction industry will have to double its current output of R100-billion a year in order to match public- and private-sector growth targets, Public Works Minister Thoko Didiza said at this year’s construction conference, held in Durban at the end of October.But she added that the development of skilled workers, especially artisans and foremen, needs to accompany expenditure growth in the construction industry.Rodney Milford, of the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), said that the overall growth in the construction industry was likely to be between 10% and 20% a year in the short term, and that the industry would need 25 000 additional qualified artisans by 2010.“The industry will be able to deliver up to 2010, but it will be a challenge,” said Milford. “Many are talking about working longer hours.” Key issues identified at the conference that need to be tackled to ensure sufficient skilled labour in…

South Africa tackles social inequities

South Africa tackles social inequities

Reconstruction and development
Some of the current bitterness stems from the very high hopes generated by the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP). Originally launched in 1994 as the ANC's election programme, it then became the centre of the new government's mandate for reform. As defined by then President Nelson Mandela, the RDP encompassed not only socio-economic programmes designed to redress imbalances in living conditions, but also institutional reform, educational and cultural programmes, employment generation and human resources development. The programme, Mr. Mandela said, would be "an all-encompassing process of transforming society in its totality to ensure a better life for all."
At first, the RDP had a dual aspect. As a policy framework, its priorities influenced the targeting of donor aid and guided the government's normal budgetary process, leading to significant shifts in how government revenues were sp…

The Times - Article

The Times - Article


Bay housing department under fire
Published:Sep 13, 2007
Nelson Mandela Bay.
A damning report by the National Council of Provinces says Nelson Mandela Bay‘s municipal housing department has collapsed as a result of internal administrative problems and lack of capacity to deliver efficient and effective services to the people.
The report, to be tabled in Parliament today, says that as a result of the municipality‘s non-delivery there is persistent discontent regarding delays or non-payment of service providers and contractors to the municipality. Sam Mazosiwe, who headed the NCOP delegation that visited the city last month, said the municipality would be closely monitored.
The visit was the second by the delegation this year.
“There will be a follow-up by the delegation and we will ensure that the municipality is also assisted at provincial level to deal with the challenges. When we inquired about the capacity within the housing department in the municipality, we were tol…

500 000 houses will need to be built

Cape Town - As many as 500 000 houses will need to be built annually for government to meet its 2014 target of providing indigent South Africans with housing and do away with informal settlements.
The backlog in housing currently stands at “just above 2,4 million” units, the Department of Housing’s director-general, Itumeleng Kotsoane, said in Parliament recently, adding that the task facing his department was “rather huge”.Government has since 1994 made a R36 billion investment into low-cost housing and from just the past few years, has been building an average of about 250 000 units a year.
A very proud moment – a moladi home was handed over to granny Mokhachane (83) during the Woman’s Day and Presidential Imbizo on Saturday, by President Thabo Mbeki accompanied by Eastern Cape Premier Ms Nosimo Balindlela and Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

moladi, a South African Company and International supplier for the past 21 years, the pioneer of a one-step casting process for the construction of homes,"...Simply cast a whole house in a day, employing unskilled labour, reducing time, waste and cost, eliminating chasing for plumbing and electrical pipe work, plastering and beam filling, resulting in a wall stronger than brick. A cost effective, holistic design and build technology that far outweighs poorly designed costly concrete-block and masonry structures…

Lack of resources, insufficient funds, skills shortage, time constraints, work flow control and waste are key challenges embodied in affordable housing shortages. Our technology addresses these issues and this is why individuals …

Fantastic Nelson Mandela Bay Company Achieves Contract in Pakistan - Welcome to Nelson Mandela Bay.biz - Come Home to Port Elizabeth!

Fantastic Nelson Mandela Bay Company Achieves Contract in Pakistan - Welcome to Nelson Mandela Bay.biz - Come Home to Port Elizabeth!

A Nelson Mandela Bay company has just recently successfully signed a contract to make use of its technology to rebuild government buildings that were ravaged by a 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
Moladi Technology boasts a rather unique home building technology and specialises in technology for “instant housing”. It is a Markman Township-based company which specializes in building moulds which allow a house to be built within a day.
These moulds are sold to contractors. Once set up, the mortar is poured into the moulds and then removed, leaving behind a solid home. The home can be painted almost immediately and fitted for services such as electricity and plumbing.
A deal was signed with Pakistan to rebuild 60 homes for the military as well as 2 schools and a few clinics, using this technology.
This fantastic Port Elizabeth based company boasts a proud 21-year tr…

Section Articles

Section Articles

Living up to its nickname 'The Friendly City', Port Elizabeth is making an elderly lady a very happy woman this National Women's Day by providing her with a house. The event will be attended by dignitaries Richard Dyantyi, the MEC for local government and housing, and president Thabo Mbeki. Moladi, an affordable housing construction company, in conjunction with the municipality of Aliwal North, have embarked on building a 40 sq m, two bedroom and one bathroom home for the elderly lady, who is confined to a wheelchair.

SABCnews.com - politics/government

SABCnews.com - politics/government Mbeki hands over house to elderly woman at imbizo An elderly woman was handed a house by the president himself in Aliwal NorthAugust 11, 2007, 10:00 President Thabo Mbeki has just made 80-year-old Evelina Mokwena, of Bukathole ward six in Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape, the proud owner of a house. He handed over the house to Mokwena who has lived in a shack for more than 10 years. Mokwena shed tears of joy after receiving keys to her new home. She was one of thousands of women who took part in the 1956 march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where women marched against pass laws. This is part of Mbeki's two-day Eastern Cape imbizo. Yesterday, he was in Ugie. Mbeki will wrap up the imbizo in Aliwal North, where he will later join mayors and other officials from the Ukhahlamba District for a meeting. Earlier in the day, Mbeki laid wreaths at the gravesites of fallen struggle heroes at the Maletswai Freedom Square Memorial site in Aliwal North. …

Pakistan Reconstructs Quake Damage moladi

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South African Firm Reconstructs Quake Damage - moladi
South African Firm Reconstructs Quake Damage
Mr. Hennie Botes, CEO of Moladi, a South African based manufacturer and sole distributor of a multi award winning affordable housing technology to be used in the reconstruction of earthquake affected areas in Pakistan, met with the relevant government officials and organisation members in Islamabad this month to discuss the implementation of Moladi.

Keywords - moladi, earthquake resistant structures, Pakistan, housing, earthquake, Hennie Botes, housing, construction quake damage,

Residents protest long housing waiting list

Residents protest long housing waiting list

ANNA Lekale has been waiting for a house for the past 10 years. But instead of the promised RDP house from the government, she, like thousands of other Kliptown residents, got pit toilets.
Residents of the settlement took to the streets in protest against lack of service delivery in their area this week. Police fired rubber bullets ­into the crowd of protesters and scores were arrested.
Not far from Lekale’s crumbling shack is the Walter Sisulu Square, previously known as Freedom Square. The square was built at a cost of about R160 million, yet people in the area still live in squalid conditions.

Construction Industry

Construction Industry: "The last two years have seen numbers of enthusiastic entrepreneurs moving into Cape property development - sometimes with very unfortunate results.

Discussing this trend recently, Bill Rawson, Director of Rawson Developers and Homebuilders (which has over 2000 residential units to its credit), said,

'There is all the difference in the world between a developer who has learned his business on-site, supervising work, and one who has acquired business knowledge but lacks the essential hands-on site experience.'"

Construction Industry

Construction Industry: "SOUTH AFRICA'S five-year residential property boom is seeing the prices of existing homes playing catch-up with newly built ones. In fact, the price gap between new and existing houses shrank to a negligible 1,5% in first quarter 2006, the lowest price differential in 16 years. "

The Herald Online **Business**

The Herald Online **Business**

A PORT Elizabeth company with a unique home building technology has just signed a contract to use its technology to rebuild government buildings ravaged by a 2005 earthquake in Pakistan.
Moladi Technology – which specialises in technology for “instant housing” – is a Markman Township-based company that builds moulds which allow a house to be built within a day.

Business Report - R1.8bn housing project launched

Business Report - R1.8bn housing project launched

Pretoria - The market for affordable housing has received a massive boost with the launch of the R1.8 billion Chief Albert Luthuli housing project on the East Rand, which will eventually provide 8 318 rental and subsidised housing units.The sod turning ceremony for the project, which is a result of the efforts of the national and Gauteng housing departments, the Ekurhuleni municipality and banking group Absa, took place at the weekend.

Housing schemes collapse under graft

Housing schemes collapse under graft

The collapse of hundreds of low cost housing projects countrywide is being blamed on fraud and corruption by developers in collusion with housing ¬department officials. As a result, the government is now spending more than R2bn to re-finance the completion of the low-cost houses that were abandoned by unscrupulous developers across the country since the dawn of democracy, says City Press. The problem has its roots in massive fraud scams by developers who colluded with some of the country’s housing department officials to siphon off millions of rands for work not done. City Press says that several documents in its possession show that developers in the nine provinces claim the non-completion of low-cost houses was caused by several problems, including unresolved land issues and delayed environmental impact assessment studies on sites earmarked for government’s low-cost houses. But a common concern among developers was the claim that the profit margin…

R2bn housing scandal

R2bn housing scandal

FRAUD and corruption by developers in collusion with housing ­department officials are among the key factors for the collapse of hundreds of low-cost housing projects throughout the country.
As a result, the government is now spending more than R2 billion to refinance the completion of the low-cost houses that were abandoned by unscrupulous developers across the country since the dawn of democracy.
The problem has its roots in massive fraud scams by developers who colluded with some of the country’s housing department officials to siphon off millions of rands for work not done.
Across the country, developers left swathes of foundation slabs or mere toilets while others built houses, but could not put on the roofs as they feverishly guarded their profits. In some cases, houses were never built, but the developers were paid. This meant that the ­rural poor lived for prolonged periods in rickety shacks and corrugated iron houses.
Other common problems in several provinces…

ECDC feels the pinch as contractors fall short

FAILING small building contractors are “biting” the Eastern Cape Development Corporation’s pocket – so much so that 60% of its construction industry loans had to be written off in the past financial year.
Speaking at the parastatal’s Integrated Emerging Contractor Development Model graduation ceremony, ECDC chief executive Mxolisi Matshamba warned that because of the high failure rate their loan requirements would become stricter in the future.
The development model, designed for the ECDC by the Centre for Science and Industrial Research, aims to mentor emerging contractors on financial and project management skills so they can attain “emerged” status.
“Every project that fails bites our pockets,” Matshamba said. “We have picked up that this is because of a lack of financial planning, tendering with incorrect prices or the fact that contractors deliberately underquote out of desperation to win.”
He said another reason for their failure was that, instead of executing their projects, some c…
THEY are rich and hungry for investment opportunities. Private investors, a common investment force in the US and Europe, are starting to come out of the shadows in SA and could play a major role in boosting economic growth and job creation if the right conditions are created. Dubbed business angels, private investors are best described as high net worth individuals with sufficient surplus resources to invest. Typically, angels are early-stage investors looking for entrepreneurial business ventures to invest in, usually in exchange for equity. The amounts involved can be anything from R100000 to R5m. Angel investors usually precede venture capitalists, who tend to invest in established businesses — making angel investors a potentially highly valuable resource in a developing economy such as SA. It is common knowledge that entrepreneurs the world over struggle to secure finance. The 2004 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report, an international research project involving more than 40 co…

Report says SA gem is losing its glow

No business? South Africa may have to switch some of its policy focus, says Marlese von Broembsen, author of the GSB's Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.
If government is serious about creating jobs in South Africa, it must make some tough policy decisions and focus on those entrepreneurs identified as job creators.
This according to the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) study - which measures entrepreneurial activity - conducted in South Africa by the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCT's Graduate School of Business (GSB).
The numbers speak for themselves. The latest data shows that in the study's entrepreneurship rankings South Africa has dropped from 20th position (out of 34 countries) in 2004 to 25th position (out of 35 countries) in 2005. And the country's Total Early-stage Activity (TEA) was only 5.1% in 2005, down from 5.4% in 2004.
Significantly, South Africa also has the lowest entrepreneurial activity rate of all the developing countries pa…

South African Housing Gap Sparks Anger as Squatters Seize Homes

Bloomberg.com: Exclusive:

By Janice Kew
May 2 (Bloomberg) -- Sello Timothy Mbamba's dream of owning his own home came true -- and for more than a year he's been too afraid to move in.
Mbamba was one of more than 100 people who won government funding to build one-bedroom houses at Olievenhoutbosch, 19 miles northwest of Johannesburg. When the house was completed 18 months ago, people who were still living in shacks accused him of leapfrogging over them and threatened his family.
``I was worried I'd be killed in my sleep,'' said Mbamba, a 55-year-old unemployed builder. In response, his wife Josephina fled 185 miles north with their son and daughter. Today he lives in a hut patched together from scrap lumber and corrugated iron sheets 600 yards from the house he bought for 4,100 rand ($580).
The fight for scarce homes has triggered violence and intimidation across South Africa, where 12 million homeless black people are still struggling to overcome the legacy of apartheid…

Cheaper solutions needed to housing backlog

By Anel Powell - Alternative building materials could alleviate many of the structural problems at the N2 Gateway development, says Richard Dyantyi, MEC for local government and housing.Speaking at the opening of a two-day conference on innovative building methods on Monday, Dyantyi said: "The conventional system of brick and mortar has proved to be costly and in relation to the rate at which the backlog is increasing, to no longer be a viable option." At a weekend public meeting, Dyantyi admitted to residents of the N2 Gateway development that work on some of the houses was sub-standard. He said work on the second phase would continue once the problems in the first phase had been solved.

Dyantyi said on Monday that the N2 Gateway could be one of the sites identified for a pilot project of alternative building methods.He said structural problems, such as those at the N2 Gateway, were caused by incompetent contractors and inferior building materials. Dyantyi said the governmen…

moladi solves key low-cost housing challenges

By Roux van Zyl Business Reporter
WHO would have guessed that houses could be exported from Nelson Mandela Bay?
Local entrepreneur Hennie Botes, designer and owner of Moladi, has been doing just this for the last two decades, of which five years were spent in Port Elizabeth.
Technically speaking he does not export a whole house, rather the means to build a house within one day.
The concept is based on casting technology. First a mould is built from plastic shutter panels in the form of the planned house and is then filled up with a light-weight mortar.
The mortar takes only one day to dry and is then ready to receive a roof and other finishes like window frames and plumbing.
Botes, a tool-maker by trade, started designing the system in 1986. While building a wall at his house he wondered if it might not be possible to cast a whole wall.
Botes developed a plastic injection moulded shutter system that was strong enough to handle the pressure of concrete.
“However, you can‘t live in concrete – i…

Gauteng competes for building material and skills

Gauteng competes for building material and skills
The Gauteng Provincial Department of Housing is considering setting up building material warehouses as an option to address concerns about the possible shortages of building material due to high demand linked to the building of stadia for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. (What a JOKE - there are no skilled artisans!!!!)
Competition for building material is gaining momentum in the building industry and small and medium developers contracted to deliver higher volumes of low-cost housing are concerned that the country may soon run out of building stock including cement, if government fails to intervene on time. This emerged during the Gauteng Housing Stakeholder Workshop convened this week in Nasrec, Johannesburg to present the Department's performance plan for the 2007/08 financial year.
Addressing delegates, Gauteng Housing MEC Ms Nomvula Mokonyane pointed out that both the Provincial and National departments of Housing are already investiga…

Iranian President Speech Highlights Need for Low-Cost Housing

Iranian president Mahmud Ahmadinezhad has highlighted the need for low-cost housing. In a speech on 24 April 2007 before a joint meeting of provincial governors and provincial directors-general of housing, Ahmadinezhad also spoke of the need to create jobs of the country's baby boom generation. He said xxx. The following is the text of the speech, a recording of which was broadcast by Iranian TV on 27 April; subheadings inserted editorially:
Housing
In the name of God most compassionate, most merciful. [Koranic verse recited] I will submit some issues to you the most important of which is housing. Please note that housing, as a cultural phenomenon in our country is quite different from that of many of these western countries. Housing for us is not just a roof over our heads. In other words [it is not] a place where the owner comes to after doing a days work only to go back out again to resume his life. Housing for us is a place to live, to development, to have security, to be constr…