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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…