Train the unemployed to build for the homeless


The ISSUE in South Africa

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe - Address on the occasion of the 16th National Economic Development and Labour Council Annual Summit, Johannesburg - NEDLAC-2011

The priorities of this council are:

  • To accelerate annual introduction of artisans into the economy
  • To ensure greater access to further education and training opportunities
  • To support the jobs fund by developing worker education and on the job training programmes
  • To review sector skills plans.

Mike Schussler - “South Africa needs to create 10 million jobs in the next 10 years to become a normal country” - Mail & Guardian

Prof. Peter Karungu of Wits University - “South Africa should be focussing on “Blue Collar” jobs.  Trades that would be required in the future economic development plans for South Africa, such as Infrastructure and Housing.  Training is one of the fundamentals in preparing these learners and artisans to not only be employed, but to establish them as ‘Entrepreneurs’ and ‘Job Creators’.


President Jacob Zuma – “The government had failed millions of people who were living "like pigs" in informal settlements, and efforts to explain to them why this was so after more than a decade and a half of democracy would be meaningless - IOL

Minister Tokyo Sexwale - “Human settlements director-general Thabane Zulu told the human settlements portfolio committee it would cost about R58 billion for the human settlements department to fix poorly built houses” - Abahlali baseMjondolo - Sowetan

The SOLUTION – “Train the unemployed to build for the homeless”

·         Transfer of skills - Creating employment for the bulk (± 80%) who do not qualify for bursaries to study at universities

·         Product for the Base of the Pyramid - Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – FOOD and SHELTER (and WORK) - BoP

·         Establish autonomous skilled business entities - Entrepreneurs

·         Designed to address unemployment, imparting business know how – Create Job Creators

·         Rural Development – Prevent Urbanisation and Migration – moladi VILLAGE - Link

train the unemployed to build for the homeless

Classroom Backlog


Bucket System Eradication Program

Affordable Quality Homes

moladi Construction Technology has truly come full circle

1986 – Plastic formwork designed and patented – moladi

1991 – Winner of the PRW Awards Birmingham UK - Link

1997 - Winner of the SABS Design for Development - South African Bureau of Standards

2006 – Award winner of the NHBRC ABSA Innovative Housing Competition - Link

2009 - Science and Technologies Best Man 2009 - Link

2010 - Employ local unemployed to build classrooms - Sowetan

2010 - UNDP, Growing Inclusive Markets Case Study, addressing the Millennium Development Goals - United Nations Development Programme

2010 - moladi Botswana - Link

2010 moladi Tanzania Link

2011 – Exhibit at Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, United Nations in New York - Rockefeller Foundation - Design for the other 90%

moladi Construction technologies Process - Link

moladi step by step process


We wish to get South Africa (Pty) Ltd working and need your assistance and cooperation to IMPLEMENT the SOLUTION and look forward to receive an invitation to discuss detail and implementation strategy.

Keywords - moladi, low cost housing, Human settlements, NEDLAC, How to get South Africa working, job creation, creating employment in South Africa, National Economic Development and Labour Council, Entrepreneurs, skills, skills development, youth, unemployment crisis


Updated -2 September 2011