Sisal-based building materials to reduce housing construction costs by 60 per cent

A new innovative method to manufacture building materials is expected to slash down construction costs by up to 60 per cent.
The technology is not new having been pioneered by China and already adopted by Ethiopia in an effort to increase access to decent housing at affordable prices.

In Tanzania, the technology is the brainchild of Katani Ltd which announced the plans over the weekend in Dar es Salaam at a meeting between the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and the Editors Forum among other stakeholders.
“We plan to produce material to cover the construction of over 5,000 affordable houses annually,” Katani Ltd representative Juma Shamte said.

Shamte was presenting a topic on Sisal Value Chain Development at the forum organised by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) who are the main investors of the project in which Katani Ltd has already invested up to 20m/- in research and development work.

“We have toured China where there are a lot of houses built from sisal fibers,” he told the stakeholders reassuring them that Ethiopia has successfully undertaken the same production.

He announced that they will set up two production factories to be built in Tanga and Dar es Salaam and that they have already purchased the needed production machines.

“The factories will produce 16 tonnes of sisal building materials every year and create over 6000 permanent jobs,” he said.

Notably Katani Ltd has this year paid 54m/- as dividend to NSSF, their main project sponsors who’s Director General Ramadhani Dau, underscored that the Fund is committed to community development and their support for production of affordable building materials is in line with its principles.

Source: The Guardian