Strong population growth in many developing and emerging countries and mass urbanization – an estimated 40,000 people moving into African cities every day – create a strong demand for affordable housing. Beyond housing, many developing countries are lagging behind in access to social infrastructure and public services such as schools, hospitals or the justice system. Consider Tanzania: the country faces a shortage of 3,115 courtrooms.
Moladi Construction System aims to address that magnificent challenge by providing a scalable, low-tech and low-skilled affordable building solution using in-situ casting. Founded in 1986 by South African social entrepreneur Hennie Botes, the company aims to replace the classic brick-and-mortar construction with an easier method: using lightweight, removable and re-usable plastic formwork that are filled with a patented fast setting aerated mortar to cast entire houses on-site. The process is deliberately designed to be labor intensive and mostly uses local supplies (apart from the reusable formwork and a special additive (MoladiChem) to boost local employment and local production without requiring prior construction experience.
"Train the unemployed to build for the homeless"
Due to its strong track record and advantages, the government of Tanzania has selected Moladi as the most cost-effective solution to address its courthouse shortages. A 1,200 square metres pilot project has been successfully completed – faster and cheaper than alternative solutions – and the courthouse was inaugurated by the Tanzania’s Prime Minister.
Download the full case study to read more about the application of Moladi’s Construction System to these larger projects and the special barriers the company had to overcome. Link - Future of Construction - moladi
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