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moladi has been supplying its comprehensive formwork construction system, of which the moladi  formwork is merely a constituent of this technology, for the past 23 years to house the poor. As a result, we do not simply supply modular plastic formwork, but a holistic building technology, that has been specifically designed and is proven too benefit the end user with its simplicity and ease of use, in order to bring affordable housing to the poor people.

moladi  has developed a cast house system to construct durable structures of quality in the shortest possible time.

This system has developed into a construction technology that addresses seven key challenges embodied in the low cost and affordable housing shortages facing developing countries namely:
  • lack of resources
  • insufficient funds
  • skills shortage
  • time constraint
  • work flow control
  • time constraints
  • waste
Traditional bricks or blocks are moulded in a small mould and then laboriously stacked by an artisan, sandwiched with mortar to create a wall. The electrical and water pipes are placed by grinding and chasing into the wall. The wall is then plastered to cover the pipes and services, as well as the brickwork, to create a level and smooth surface. In many cases bad workmanship produces poor quality structures.

A few disadvantages of brick or block construction are:
  • Labour intensive
  • Compressive capacity only
  • Skilled labour
  • Mortar shrinkage
  • Thermal expansion and contraction
  • Leveling
  • Erratic supplies = erratic delivery
  • Waste
  • Rework
  • Slow delivery
  • Inconsistent quality
  • Unpredictable cash flow
  • Increased cost
  • not affordable in housing the poor
The moladi  patented technology is cost effective due to its repetitive application. It is affordable due to the fact that the moladi  formwork is used on a repetitive basis for up to 50 reuses per kit; this results in the cost of the formwork being amortized over the construction of 50 units. Making it cost effective to house the poor people of the world.

By combing the
moladi  re-usable, patented, recyclable lightweight plastic injection moulded formwork system, with a South African Bureau of Standards approved lightweight aerated mortar, Agrément Certificate 94/231, a full scale mould of the designed house is configured with all the services, both plumbing and electrical, are cast in situ as a monolithic reinforced walling system. Chasing, beam filling, plastering and wastage are eliminated, producing a fast track, cost effective, transferable construction technology, meant for the BoP shelter and homes or houses for the poor people.

In simple terms,
moladi  has:
  • A constant supply of materials
  • Known costs
  • Unskilled operators
  • Next to no waste
  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced cost
  • Consistent quality
  • Predictable cash flow
  • A solution to house the poor of the world

Housing the poor

Over and above these advantages, moladi  is:
  • a recipient of the South African Bureau of Standards Design for Development Award and aims at providing millions of people around the world to obtain equity in their country by providing them with homes that are of a high standard and at a reduced cost.
  • is a unique patented plastic injection moulded form work system, which produces cast-in-place mortar structures.
  • a fast, simple, adaptable and a low construction cost technological building system.
  • suitable for all types of buildings, yet it is highly suited for use in mass housing markets, without compromising quality, especially to assist in Housing the poor.
  • utilizes indigenous materials to produce high standard permanent structures that are earthquake, cyclone and tsunami resistant.
  • unique in that it forms all the walls in a building simultaneously. At the same time, it brings to field construction all the benefits of a factory assembly line - quality work, by unskilled workers at a maximum rate of production, involving the poor to house themselves.
  • versatile and allows for easy adaptation to varied design specifications, whether they are schools, homes, clinics or factories whist maintaining design aesthetics for social acceptability.
  • promotes a high standard in the construction industry.
  • successful in alleviating many of the logistical problems facing the construction of affordable repetitive housing projects.
  • creates a high production output capacity.
  • facilitates the possibility for many in situ structures to be built in just one day.
  • amortized over many re-uses, reducing the cost of construction and transportation significantly.
  • far outweighs poorly designed and costly concrete-block and masonry structures, as they often fail to timeously meet the requirements of mass housing schemes.
  • does not rely on traditional skilled labour and can employ the local indigenous unskilled community.
  • train local contractors and entrepreneurs to use our technology and, in turn, empowering communities to build quality structures. Jobs are created within the community and members become participants in the construction of their homes.
  • By involving the poor in housing and housing the poor we contribute to social welfare
Key Points: To assist in Housing the Poor
  • Holistic building technology
  • Ease of use
  • Monolithic reinforced walling system
  • Fast track, cost effective, transferable construction technology
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moladi  - Housing the poor | housing for the poor | shelter for the poor - Challenging the tradition bound construction industry since 1986

Housing the poor


Updated 29 October 2009