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Tanzania - New house construction technology successfully tested
There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel in efforts to solve housing problems, following
introduction of a new low cost housing technology which enables a house to be built in just a
“The solution to low cost housing may very well be closer than we might have thought, thanks
to moladi technology which creates a quality structure within a very short time,” the Founder
and Chief Executive Officer of moladi technology, Mr Hennie Botes said. Mr Botes told
journalists on Thursday during a brief function of stripping of the moladi formwork on a
model house, designed and constructed at Wazo Hill in Dar es Salaam that many clients had
been sceptical about the project, but the house was testimony that the technology works.
moladi is a new method of construction that increases productivity and quality of work,
through the use of better construction machinery, equipment, materials and extensive pre-
It uses plastic formwork that covers the design of the house including where the windows and
doors will be placed. A mixture of concrete, sand, cement, iron rods and a liquefier is poured into the plastic formwork. The following
day leaving a smooth wall that is six times stronger than bricks used in traditional houses can be observed. Mr Botes was quick to
point out that the technology wasn’t being experimented in the country but had been thought over
for 24 years ago. There are plans to put up a plant as well.
The moladi Tanzania General Manager, Mr Abeid Abdallah who is the sole distribution agent
for moladi technology from South Africa, said the simplicity and speed of the technology
makes the construction process affordable. Mr Abdallah projected that a 2 bedroom house with
a kitchen, sitting room, bathroom and small veranda, quality doors, windows, roofing and tiled
floors may cost 40m/-, but the price may go down if a person doesn’t like all the finishing.
“Presently we are targeting the armed forces and pension schemes and not individuals. We
already have a client in Mwanza who wants 500 houses and we hope to be through with that
task by March, next year,” he explained. Mr Abdallah said constructing a house with the
moladi technology would guarantee a person 40 per cent reduction in costs as compared to
building a traditional house. Another advantage is that local people are trained on how to use
the technology and within 2 weeks they can be experts.
The only materials imported from South Africa are the plastic formworks. The rest are obtained locally. The Holtan East Africa Limited
Managing Director, Mr Robert Scheltens said the new technology is ideal for a country that has an estimated deficit of 1.2 million
housing units in urban centres. “With this technology, being a contractor and given a tender to build 1,000 houses, I could easily build
two houses a day,” he said.
Mr Scheltens revealed that the plastic formworks can be used 50 times before they can be recycled and all other components are
reusable. moladi technology is in use in several developing countries including Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Botswana,
Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, South America and India, where a plant is being established.
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Construction of the moladi
show house in Dar es Salaam