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Innovations in affordable housing - moladi

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Innovations in affordable housing - moladi



Innovations in affordable housing - moladiMoladi – innovations in affordable housingDecent housing is one of the key factors in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. It is not just about putting a roof over someone’s head. Academic research proves that access to a clean and stable home implicates an improvement in security, health and education. Moladi, a South African based company, makes housing accessible to low-income people through innovative and eco-friendly technology. The Moladi system consists of a reusable and recyclable plastic  formwork mould, which is filled with mortar (stoneless concrete). The formwork can be removed and reused up to 50 times. According to the founder Hennie Botes, the brickless walls can withstand all types of weather. The formwork is lightweight allowing easy transportation. Due to the simplicity in design and the repetitive application scheme, construction costs can be reduced significantly. The Mol…

National Development Plan - Creating employment

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National Development Plan - Creating employment

National Development Plan - Creating employmentAfrica is a rapidly urbanising continent, which according to the UN Habitat, is increasing at a rate of 230,000 people who are moving into cities across Africa each week. Currently, sub-Saharan Africa alone has an estimated housing deficit of 30 million units and every year, the backlog of houses across Africa’s 54 countries collectively increases by 4 million houses. With the population of the African continent expected to reach a staggering 2 billion people by 2050, almost twice the population number estimated in 2010, it is a stark reality that every year, there will be more and more people needing homes, over and above the current demand. Although the extensive and many complex difficulties, relating to the delivery of affordable housing in Africa is well documented, the ever-increasing demand for housing keeps mounting and continues to be a major concern. Projections by the United Nations…