Jobs Producing Food and Shelter

Jobs Producing Food and Shelter
Jobs Producing Food and Shelter

Jobs Producing Food and Shelter

We have simply used South Africa as an example in the article. Obviously the solution is applicable not only to South Africa or Africa, but as a global solution.

Currently there are 800,000 graduates that are unemployed in South Africa. This means that our universities are producing a significant amount of unwanted skills for the needs of industry and our country. 

This prompts the questions: 
  • Does our higher education system produce unemployable graduates? 
  • Does our schooling system create unemployed youth after grade 12? 
  • Should we relook at the antiquated 1900 English curriculum applied in schools today? 
  • Are what is taught relevant to what is needed? 
  • Should we not cater for children who are not mathematical or scientifically inclined? 
  • Should we not teach basic entrepreneurial skills?
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” 
- Albert Einstein -

Not all children are mathematically inclined. Yet, if we measure children’s ability with maths and science as a yardstick of intelligence we may make them feel inferior and classify them as “stupid”. There are many careers that do not require maths and science as a base for a career and there are many examples of “success” without mathematics and science. 

Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs state the basic fundamental needs are FOOD and SHELTER. Based on this simple premise, it is obvious that JOBS are created producing these two fundamental commodities. 

We believe that there should be three tiers of education: 
1. Mathematics and Science (Status Quo) for those who are mathematically inclined 
2. FOOD - Teach learners to produce food and related skills 
3. SHELTER - Teach learners how to build and develop related entrepreneurial skills

Jobs Producing Food and Shelter

We propose to build two new classrooms per school to cater for those learners who are not mathematically inclined and wish to follow a career in either “Food” or “Shelter” (Supply physiological needs - Basic needs) at early school level, in order to address the long-term needs of South Africa and Africa and the World. 

Africa 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. 

The focus therefore should be on encourage skills to produce food. 

Jobs Producing Shelter

Secondly, decent quality 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. 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 would indicate that 53% of Africa’s inhabitants would comprise the urban population, of which 62% of city dwellers would reside in slums or informal settlements. What’s more troubling is that it appears that the incentive to move to the cities in Africa seems to be completely independent from economic growth and development and this is not expected to ease in the foreseeable future. There is no doubt that the challenge facing the continent is colossal, but the question is whether conventional building methods are able to cope with the ever-increasing demand for quality homes.


moladi, a South African patented technology, established in 1986, makes housing accessible to low-income people through innovative and eco-friendly technology. An award winning, NHBRC and bank approved system; moladi combines construction with economic development - “Fight poverty unemployment and crime through housing.” moladi offers training locally for the unemployed thereby creating jobs and empowering the community as a whole. Due to the simplicity of the method, construction techniques and skills can be transferred in a short time. In this way, the communities benefit from affordable shelter and entrepreneurs are skilled at the same time, creating employment.

In 2006 moladi was presented with the Eric Molobi Innovation Hub Award in Parliament. We were invited by the Smithsonian Institute to exhibit at the United Nations in New York and recently by the World Bank to Washington to present moladi as a “Housing for All” solution to the International Finance Corporation (IFC). 
moladi - World Economic Forum
moladi - World Economic Forum

The moladi team is passionate about housing and social development and believe that the moladi building technology is a significant instrument to overcome the following challenges: 
  • Establishing rural food production hubs 
  • Reviving and establishing rural villages 
  • Creating functionally integrated and balanced urban settlements. 
  • A key component and product to kick start the NDP Vision 2030. 
  • Training the unskilled and unemployed to build for the destitute. 
  • Creating skilled entrepreneurs in the construction sector. 
  • Fighting poverty and unemployment through shelter and infrastructure development, eradicating mud schools with permanent structures. 
  • Training and equipping inmates to enter the main stream economy. 
  • To develop an entrepreneurial spirit at school level. 
  • Establish cooperatives
Champion TEAM - moladi

Holistic approach to Sustainable Integrated Human Settlements Delivery

Human settlements and rural development

Our holistic approach to manage the supply chain and deskill the construction process and still maintain a very high standard of quality built into checks and balances, makes moladi homes a solution to address the massive backlog and demand of affordable homes, not only in Africa, but globally. The opportunity does not purely lie in the construction of homes, but also in the skilling of entrepreneurs producing product for the “assembly line” house, implementing the advantage of economies of scale. Addressing the question; “How do we get people outside the economy back into the economy?”

Housing a basic need and thereby stimulating the secondary supply chain taking advantage of local resources. If a million homes are to be produced, should we not rethink how we are going to achieve this by combining expertise? Should this not be seen as a production line or an assembly plant? Should we not equip local entrepreneurs to be the supply chain of additional components such as door frames, window frame, paint, tiles, roof covering and roofing material? To name but one example: South Africa currently has a backlog of 3 million homes. If a house required 5 door frames, a total number of 15 million would be needed to be manufactured. Imagine the job creation opportunity just to supply door frames, a far better strategy then simply importing product from China and transferring our capital out of circulation, deriving zero income tax. This is how we propose to support the establishment of “Industrialist”.

Read more - The "Henry Ford" of mass housing - moladi modelM - Link

South Africa: 1994 - 2018 

    Cause of dissension Jobs Food Shelter

    The crisis - Neglect of people at the base of the pyramid #BOP
    Back to basics
    Back to Basic - Jobs - Food - Shelter

Back to Basics
Create entrepreneurs that PRODUCE
Creating JOBS
Producing FOOD
Producing SHELTER
Producing TAXES
Circular Economy


Read more:
  • moladi Building Method - Link 
  • Youth Employment and skills Development Program - Link
  • Social Innovation - Social Entrepreneur - Dr Peter Frumkin - Faculty Director of the Center for Social Impact Strategy - University of Pennsylvania - Link
  • Responsible Business Forum – UNDP – Sustainable Development Goals – Reduce Inequalities - Link
  • World Economic Forum – Future of Construction – World Bank: moladi operating in 24 countries Case Study
  • Reduce cost of Affordable Housing #BOP market – Link
  • How to get the unemployed working and the homeless sheltered – JOBS FOOD through SHELTER - Link
  • Finweek – The Builder of the Future - Link
  • Classrooms for the learners - Link
  • moladi model home in Trinidad - Link
  • Hennie Botes - TV Interview - Vision and Purpose - Link
  • Brick and Mortar vs. Injection Moulded Construction System - Link
  • Disrupting the construction industry with new technology -Link
  • Tanzanian court buildings modernisation - Link
  • Revolution in building material - Link
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution | Housing Construction - Link
  • EmpowerPEOPLE to help themselves - Link 
  • Not for people, but with people. - Link 
  • Project Trinidad - Link
  • Gauteng Education Department - Link
  • Western Cape Education Department - Link
  • World Economic Forum – Future of Construction – World Bank - Link
  • Disrupting the construction industry with new technology -Link
  • For more information visit moladi - Link or watch the Video
  • Revolution in building material - Link

Let’s create the PPP to get the unemployed working!

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