Rural Housing Support Initiative:


When developing the Amandla Resources proposal, for collection of BioMass, for use as  feedstock to supply a Grid-linked Power Station, we find that a massive labour employment opportunity will arise.


This is focused on the harvesting, bundling, loading and transport-delivery of the Forestry waste and other BioMass, to the power station stockyard and is estimated to employ between 1000 and 2000 persons, for a typical 65Mw operation, located in a rural community.These people all have families and are in need of Social services support and especially housing.


The members of these communities have been denied access to the full range of Government welfare programmes, especially  for  the purpose of acquiring their own homes or for the purpose of constructing rural homes; partially because of the lack of organisation, delivery mechanisms and infrastructure in these far-flung and under-serviced areas.

The makers of the
HAKA Block-mold system have valiantly persisted and encouraged self-help schemes, often in association with Church groups, whereby the potential home owner can acquire a block mold and in his own time, he can manufacture sufficient blocks for the construction of his own home, without or not relying on any government subsidies or support.


They have achieved remarkable success in this endeavour and reportedly some 500,000 rural homes have therefore been built, in KZN and Venda over the past 15 years, in this self-help manner.


AMANDLA RESOURCES proposes to promote and support a continuation of these productive endeavours and is therefore most willing to promote support for DAPSA, the manufacturers and distributors of these handy, manual block-making devices as well as their more sophisticated multiple-block, commercial machines for vibro-casting.

The "Rondavel":
The picture here to the left shows a 3 m diameter demonstration "Rondavel" house, built by two persons using the HAKA mild system in less than 2 weeks overall; (to make the blocks and build the hut).

Standard "Rondavels" of 3,4 and 5 m sizes can easily be built using this system that requires only basic skills to complete.  Larger sizes require engineer-designed roof trusses that can be supplied by our associate company Ecosystems.cc & their manufacturing operation at RH Construction (Light Steel-frame systems).

The roof in the example shown here and  in the second picture (Underside View) was constructed from a light-weight galvanised steel and wire-support frame, covered with a hessian cloth fabric and then plastered with ordinary cement-plaster mix and then sealed, with a few litres of roof sealant/water-proofing compound.  

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See this spreadsheet for building costs  Aug 2009

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Water is a precious Commodity 

The rain-water tank show here in Pic #3 is similarly constructed but using solid cement blocks and water-proofing  plaster mix.

The dust-cover / leaf filter is constructed of polypropylene 'shade-cloth' stretched over a polypropylene pipe-frame, hand-bent to suit  the tank diameter.

The guttering shown here is made of light-gauge galvanised steel and is supplied with the roof-framing extrusions.

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 The "House frame" here is constructed from saplings cut from the surrounding bush. 

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Traditional Hut Construction:

Wattle & Daub:

Seen here (left) is a typical hut under construction using saplings  for the framing and a Mud-plaster covering, sometimes with available stones as filler, for the walls.

This requires the cutting down of many trees that are typically not replaced, resulting in a non-sustainable denudation of the environment.

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Typical African Huts shown here with thatched roof covering and using "Wattle and Daub" construction.

These dwellings typically will last only 3 to a maximum of 5 years, due to wood-rot- and must therefore be replaced frequently, further depleting the natural forests.

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