New building technique offers hope for SA housing shortage - CEO

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Mavis Mbaba, owner of Nolunthando Day Care Centre. (Supplied)
Mavis Mbaba, owner of Nolunthando Day Care Centre. (Supplied)

Cape Town - South Africa's housing shortage may be solved faster, cheaper, and environmentally friendlier.

By mixing cement with polystyrene and an additive – a technique that is widely used in Scandinavia and northern Europe – Selcrete wants to do just that.

The company's pilot project, phase one of a revamped day care in the township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, opened its doors earlier this year.  
 
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mayoral Committee member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Suzette Little says she is very excited about the opportunities Selcrete and their Norwegian partners have brought to Nolunthando and the community of Khayelitsha.
 
“Establishments like these give our children a better future for which I am truly grateful. I want to see our children talking about becoming pilots and doctors and not going out there to look for jobs but rather to have the jobs come looking for them,” said Little.
 
One of the problems at Noluthando day care centre, which cares for over 265 children aged 2 months to 6 six years, is that its timber structures don't offer adequate protection against the summer heat, cold winters, and fires.

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