Innovation in Construction



Innovation in Construction

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 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.




Hennie Botes and Hon. Daudi Migereko

Minister of Lands Housing and Urban Development Uganda


Hennie Botes, CEO of moladi, as guest speaker of Shelter Afrique and the Cote D’Ivoire Ministry of Housing presenting to the members, visitors and delegates during the 33rd Symposium held in Abidjan.

An African solution to an African problem

Moladi, an award winning South African based company established in 1986, makes housing accessible to low-income people through innovative and eco-friendly reusable recycled plastic formwork technology



Prime Minister of Cote d'Ivoire,

H.E Mr Daniel Kablan Duncan


Decent affordable 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.

With the motto “Train the unemployed to build for the homeless” moladi combines construction with economic development to bring about change.  Saving the environment, implementing vernacular architecture using available resources and raw materials, drastically reducing manufacturing and transport cost – Encouraging rural development to counter urbanisation.

For more information - Social Innovation for the Bottom of the Pyramid

Innovation in Construction


President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania


Hennie has just returned from visiting a project in Tanzania and met with President Jakaya Kikwete to discuss the opportunity to address the huge backlog of affordable housing needed to be delivered in all of the districts – Rural Development. Tanzania is a country in East Africa. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south. Tanzania is therefore very strategically positioned to roll out to the adjoining countries as all bordering countries have a need for quality affordable homes and desperately need to create jobs for the unemployed. Tanzania faces a backlog of 3 million homes. The current project calls for 35,000 homes and negotiations are underway to secure funding to start the initial 5,000 homes as rural moladiVILLAGES





Presentation in Washington - "Housing For All"







UNDP Millennium Development Goals







moladi construction system makes use of a combination of formwork cement and reinforcing. Multistorey buildings can simply be constructed using moladi plastic formwork and increasing the steel to withstand the loads and cement content in the mortar mix to increase the compressive strength.

This formula addresses the construction of load baring walls to allow moladi to be used for multi-storey buildings.