Big Idea 2014: Low Cost Housing

Big Idea 2014: Low Cost Housing


Hennie Botes

Hennie Botes - CEO moladi

Hennie Botes, CEO of moladi believes that the "Big Idea 2014" will be low-income housing and affordable housing for the mass market - First time home buyers especially in Africa with a combined population of close to 1.2 billion people are urbanising at a rapid rate their income has escalated radically and the demand for affordable homes is not being addressed with conventional masonry construction. Technology is the only factor that can reduce construction and this is where moladi has been focusing on for the last 27 years - To de-skill construction and speed up delivery ensuring cost savings without compromising quality. Moladi combines construction with economic development and skills development, a catalyst for socio-economic development serves as a critical link to skills development, infrastructure, job creation and service delivery.
Decent affordable 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, an award winning South African based company, established in 1986, makes housing accessible to low-income people through innovative and eco-friendly reusable recycled plastic formwork technology, creating employment.

With the motto “Train the unemployed to build for the homeless” Moladi combines construction with economic development. The company offers training locally for the unemployed thereby creating jobs and empowering the community as a whole. Due to the simplicity of the approach, construction techniques and skills can be transferred in a short time. In this way, the communities benefit from affordable shelter and skilled entrepreneurs (in the area of low-cost housing) at the same time. Moladi’s success in over 20 countries shows that affordable housing is an important key in finding solutions to promoting security and alleviating poverty.
A bit more about our philosophy and how we approach projects of this nature implementing our patented innovative technology - Imagination For People - Social Innovation for the Bottom of the Pyramid
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