South Africa’s multi award-winning housing tech company Moladi has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with French cement group Lafarge – a partnership that will pave the way to address the production and delivery of affordable housing globally, the company announced on Sunday.
“The initial scope of the partnership is to focus on introducing a combined housing project, starting with Mauritius, Iraq, Brazil and the African continent,” Moladi CEO Hennie Botes said in a statement.
“Other areas of technical cooperation include the development of fibre reinforcing to further reduce cost of construction. This prestigious partnership brings us another step closer to becoming the world’s ‘One Stop Housing Shop’,” Botes added.
The MOU was signed in the French capital Paris, the headquarters of Lafarge, the Port-Elizabeth-based housing entity said, adding that Botes was officially invited to formalise the partnership after a team from Lafarge visited its headquarters in Port-Elizabeth.
This is an opportunity for Moladi to export to many more countries with the support of Lafarge supplying cement, providing countries with much needed technology, materials and expertise to address the need of delivering affordable mass housing, the company said.
And above all, create employment for the unemployed, combining construction with economic development, it said.
“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,” Botes said.
“Academic research proves that access to a clean and stable home implicates an improvement in security, health and education.”
Moladi uses plastic injection molded technology to produce cast-in-place mortar structures that will at the end of the process become high standard permanent buildings solid enough to resist earthquake, cyclone and floods, among others.
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Photo: A house built by Moladi