Moladi sustainable community housing solutions within reach.

Moladi: sustainable community housing solutions within reach.

Moladi: sustainable community housing solutions within reach.
Friday, 26 November 2010 05:40
*Tanzania lacks 1.2 million housing units*100 million people worldwide are homeless - DANIEL SEMBERYA

Despite various efforts made in the past to reduce poverty, especially in he developing countries, access to basic services such as health, education and housing among others, continue to be major national and global challenges.The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat ) estimates that 1.1 billion people currently live in slums and about 100 million people worldwide are homeless. However, in absolute terms Asia has the largest number of slum dwellers at 554 million, followed by Sub-Saharan Africa at 187 million. The total population of slum dwellers has increased substantially over the past two decades, and it is further projected to increase to 2 billion in the next 30 years.In her book entitled 'Housing and economic development,' Prof. Anna Tibaijuka says the increase in urban slum dwellers is largely a result of enormous growth in urban populations and subsequent inability of the private sector to produce sufficient housing. Housing infrastructure is a critical part of the economic activities of urban economies. Without adequate housing for workers, economic development can be hampered.In order to fill in that gap of the inability the private sector and public sector to produce sufficient housing, Moladi Tanzania has intervened solve housing problems, by introducing a new low cost housing technology which enables a house to be built in just a few days.Moladi is a new method of construction that increases productivity and quality of work, through the use of better construction machinery, equipment, materials and extensive pre-project planning.It uses plastic framework that covers the design of the house including where the windows and doors will be placed. A mixture of concrete, sand, cement, iron rods and a liquefier is poured into the plastic framework.Moladi Tanzania estimates that the deficit in Tanzanian urban centres is about 1.2 million housing units.Speaking to Business Times along side the launching of the new housing technology the Moladi framework on a model house, designed and constructed at Wazo Hill in Dar es Salaam whereby a house can be built in one or two days, tfounder and chief executive officer of Moladi technology, Hennie Botes said that the solution to low cost housing may very well be closer than we might have thought.Botes says that Moladi's technology makes stronger than bricks used in traditional houses was quick to point out that the technology wasn’t being experimented in the country but had been thought over for 24 years ago. There are plans to put up a plant as well.The Moladi Tanzania General Manager, Abeid Abdallah who is the sole distribution agent for Moladi technology from South Africa, said the simplicity and speed of the technology makes the construction process affordable.He said gpresently we are targeting the armed forces and pension schemes and not individuals. We already have a client in Mwanza who wants 500 houses and we hope to be through with that task by March, next year,h he explained.According to Abdallah constructing a house with the Moladi technology would guarantee a person 40 per cent reduction in costs as compared to building a traditional house. Another advantage is that local people are trained on how to use the technology and within 2 weeks they can be experts.only materials imported from South Africa are the plastic formworks. The rest are obtained locally. The Holtan East Africa Limited Managing Director, Robert Scheltens said the new technology is ideal for a country that has an estimated deficit of 1.2 million housing units in urban centres.“With this technology, being a contractor and given a tender to build 1,000 houses, I could easily build two houses a day,” he said.Scheltens revealed that the plastic formworks can be used 50 times before they can be recycled and all other components are reusable. Moladi technology is in use in several developing countries including Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, South America and India, where a plant is being established. Since 1986 Moladi provides and assist with the full range of requirements involved in the transfer and use of a proven low construction cost technology. it provides a viable alternative to traditional building methods and addresses the basic need for durability, quality, affordability and low maintenance cost.We supply technology and support transfer of know-how to empower individuals to achieve worth, by meaningful action to raise those at the "bottom of the pyramid" to a higher level, supplying low cost housing technology.

Keywords - moladi, Tanzania, slum dwellers, Anna Tibaijuka, construction technology, formwork, UN-Habitat, reduce poverty, developing countries, framework, bottom of the pyramid

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