Monday, January 21, 2008

Moladi - low cost housing construction

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Moladi is utilizing a unique plastic injection molded technology to produce cast-in-place mortar structures. The process allows unskilled laborers to use indigenous materials to quickly and cheaply construct high standard permanent buildings that are earthquake, cyclone and tsunami resistant. With the intended purpose of "housing the nations", the construction technology addresses four key challenges embodied in the low cost housing shortages facing developing countries, namely: lack of resources, insufficient funds, shortage of skills, and time constraints.


  1. Talk about an exciting time to be involved with the BoP (Bottom of the Pyramid). Since the world’s wealthiest philanthropist Bill Gates gave his speech about "creative capitalism" in Davos last Thursday, the development world has been abuzz with its interpretations and implications. But Switzerland is not the only place where headway is being made. In 2000 a conference was organized in Seattle on Creating Digital Dividends at which Mr. Gates, in a keynote address, famously said that "poor people don't need computers" and rejected a business approach to alleviating poverty. Within a year, however, he had changed his mind, and Microsoft became a leader in seeking ways to provide affordable services to low-income populations.

    The beginnings of a more full-fledged belief in inclusive capitalism, according to the WSJ today, came at a dinner in Seattle in which Mr. Gates spent several hours talking with BOP guru C.K. Prahalad. Mr. Gates saying that the question was how far towards the bottom of the pyramid could business approaches go—not too far, was his assessment. But again, his thinking evolved.

    Now Mr. Gates is arguing that capitalism, appropriately pursued, is in fact the best hope to bring services and improve productivity and create opportunity for the world's 4 billion poor - and that, accordingly, the world needs to invest much more heavily in the micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises that are close to the poor. If Mr. Gates puts the muscle of his foundation behind such enterprise development - which we have long argued is the principal bottleneck to a successful BOP business approach - then perhaps the world will really change.

    moladi, a South African Company and International supplier for the past 22 years, the pioneer of a one-step casting process for the construction of homes,"...Simply cast a whole house in a day, employing unskilled labour, reducing time, waste and cost, eliminating chasing for plumbing and electrical pipe work, plastering and beam filling, resulting in a wall stronger than brick. A cost effective, holistic design and build technology that far outweighs poorly designed costly concrete-block and masonry structures…

    Lack of resources, insufficient funds, skills shortage, time constraints, work flow control and waste are key challenges embodied in affordable housing shortages. Our technology addresses these issues and this is why individuals and organisations recognise moladi as the solution to housing needs throughout the world. We supply technology and support transfer of know-how by means of on site training, internationally. South Africa has an official backlog of 2, 500, 000 units – what a challenge and opportunity to create jobs? Not to mention addressing the backlog in classrooms. This example is applies to many countries throughout the world. Build more houses, faster, better for less - creating employment, supporting local entrepreneurs.

    Maslow's hierarchy of needs is often depicted as a pyramid consisting of five levels: the four lower levels are grouped together as being associated with physiological needs, while the top level is termed growth needs associated with psychological needs. Deficiency needs must be met first. Once these are met, seeking to satisfy growth needs drives personal growth.

    Physiological needs.
    These are the basic animal needs for such things as food, warmth, shelter, sex, water, and other body needs
    The higher needs in this hierarchy only come into focus when the lower needs in the pyramid are satisfied. Once an individual has moved upwards to the next level, needs in the lower level will no longer be prioritized.

    The objective of moladi is to address this fundamental need SHELTER.

    Lack of resources, insufficient funds, skills shortage, time constraints, work flow control and waste are key challenges embodied in affordable housing shortages. Our technology addresses these issues and this is why individuals and organizations recognize and implement moladi as the solution to housing needs throughout the world.

    Esteem needs
    All humans have a need to be respected, to have self-esteem, self-respect, and to respect others. People need to engage themselves to gain recognition and have an activity or activities that give the person a sense of contribution, to feel accepted and self-valued, be it in a profession or hobby. Imbalances at this level can result in low self-esteem, inferiority complexes. People with low self-esteem need respect from others. They may seek fame or glory, which again depends on others. However confidence, competence and achievement only need one person and everyone else is inconsequential to one's own success. It may be noted, however, that many people with low self-esteem will not be able to improve their view of themselves simply by receiving fame, respect, and glory externally, but must first accept themselves internally.

    The objective of moladi is to address this fundamental need ESTEEM.
    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.

  2. For photos of concrete housing construction visit

  3. Concrete Forms, why do you post a link to your site when the article is to highlight moladi? You seem to be the follower and moladi the leader!

  4. We are very proud and honoured to accept the following invitation received from Habitat for Humanity International to speak about the moladi approach to affordable housing delivery – patented and developed right here in South Africa.

    “Habitat for Humanity International is organizing the 2nd Asia Pacific Housing Forum to be held at the Asian Institute of Management Conference Centre, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines on September 7-9, 2009. The first APHF was held in Singapore in 2007 and was attended by 230 participants representing 28 countries.

    The 2nd Asia Pacific Housing Forum promises to be a bigger event. It will look at both alternative approaches and scalable models where government, business and social organizations can work together and build on each other’s strengths to provide urban housing solutions particularly the elimination of slums.

    We are fully aware of your expertise and dedication to the cause of the needy particularly the homeless poor. It is therefore our honor to cordially invite you to speak at the 2nd Asia Pacific Housing Forum on the topic “The Moladi Approach to Affordable Housing Delivery”.”

    Housing is needed all over the world. moladi, a South African Company, and a world leader in our field – supplying affordable housing construction technology Globally. We make a difference!

    For more information you invited to visit or


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