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Back to Basics – Jobs – Food and Shelter

Back to Basics – Jobs – Food and Shelter


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


We propose to build two new classrooms per school in South Africa 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.

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.

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).

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.

South Africa: 1994 – 2018


Read more
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

Back to Basics

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

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Beyond brick and mortar houses

Beyond brick and mortar houses

The inefficiencies of moulding a brick or block in a mould then tasking an artisan to lay them. Then chase the walls for water and electrical services. Then relying on another artisan to plaster the walls. Depending on the skills and ability of artisans to produce a house vs casting a house in a mould employing unskilled workers – eliminating the need to chase and plaster, in a day, at a known cost.

This we refer to as the moladi “injection moulding construction process”.


The moladi injection molding construction process

Hennie Botes - moladi

For more reading – Beyond brick and mortar houses


moladi building system


moladi building system

moladi building system

Through creative engineering and sophisticated manufacturing, moladi aims to advance living standards and spaces affordably. moladi is an advanced building technology that utilises an innovative re-usable plastic formwork system #plasticformwork to reduce the required skills to produce quality affordable homes and other structures that are socially acceptable by speeding up delivery and thus reducing cost. By emulating the methodology of the automotive assembly line, moladi implements the principles applied by Henry Ford; reducing cost by increasing production output by de-skilling the production operation, making homes affordable.

Key messages of the presentation:

  • Affordable vs Innovative
  • Social Acceptance
  • Prefabricated vs Insitu structures
  • Vernacular architecture
  • Production Planning

Hennie Botes is a keen inventor, entrepreneur and born philanthropist. As the designer of the multi award winning moladi housing technology, he has gained more than 30 years of experience in the building industry. Having travelled extensively, Hennie has a broad based understanding of the challenges that face affordable housing throughout the world and has unique insight into how business and governments can work together to eradicate the global housing shortage. In addition to driving the success of the moladi technology, Hennie continues to provide consulting services to governments, advisers and institutions internationally.

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Modern building methods using modern building materials

Modern building methods using modern building materials

Keywords – moladi, Modern building methods, formwork, plastic formwork, construction, low cost housing, affordable housing, #moladi #plasticformwork #buildingsystem