n'Kozi Developments

n'Kozi Developments

South Africa
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Summary
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n'Kozi Homes' mission is to contribute towards "greening" the environment through the delivery of integrated housing solutions whereby the free and equitable flow of information and the deployment of appropriate technologies and knowledge networks are applied to enhance and deepen citizen's rights, access, usage and participation towards an open society.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

This innovation contributes significantly towards global sustainability. Through the provision of innovative cost effective energy efficient housing delivered within the context of a sustainable “smart, modern, African, digital eco-villages” (SMADEV) from a social perspective it contributes towards the development of successful individuals and strong communities. In turn, strong communities, within and beyond their boundaries, contain webs of personal and institutional relationships that encourage individual growth, provide economic opportunity, and encourage participation in civic life. Healthy communities make positive contributions to their towns, cities and regions.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Based on a Platonic solid, this basic building block and natural molecular shape, uses the principle of “doing more with less” with 45 identical pieces, creates 15 equilateral triangles to form the simplest and strongest structure as the main module, allowing infinite mix and match expansion options, resulting in a practical, aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient environment requiring minimal energy resources and using this technology for integrating other innovative technologies in energy, nutrition and ICT. Brick and mortar structures are the norm for almost all housing in South Africa. Small profit margins associated with low-cost brick and mortar housing projects have often resulted in inferior workmanship. Consequently, there are few satisfied occupants of these new homes, many of which are plagued with rising damp, cracking masonry, lack of adequate insulation etc. Traditionally these "box-like" like structures have no insulation or natural air circulation; they are hot in summer and cold in winter resulting in unnecessary health related problems. Beneficiaries of these houses, in many instances within the affordable low-cost sector, have refused to continue to pay the rent and this has resulted in the present state of affairs. The maturation of the SA Pine industry over the past decade, now makes timber a suitable, cost effective construction material, thereby facilitating n'Kozi Homes timber framed structures to make an impact in the entire housing market. Our technology is unique and patented, and has no competition with similar design.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

From an environmental perspective, it limits waste through doing more with less, uses all natural approved building materials, saves electricity through the provision of innovative solar products, saves fresh water through the use of waterless toilets thus avoiding the high costs of water-borne sewage, and contributes towards self-sufficiency with the inclusion of organic gardens, permaculture and indoor kitchen gardens. It provides an aesthetic environment reminiscent of traditional African styles. From an economic perspective, this innovation and innovative delivery mechanism will significantly alleviate poverty through affordable living associated with the energy savings through solar applications and the zero maintenance associated with the structures. It will also significantly reduce poverty through job creation and entrepreneurial opportunities and the resulting further development of small and medium enterprises. By using modern water purification systems, waterless toilets and solar applications, developments need no longer restricted to municipal environments thus making communities more self sufficient. Exports to northern countries would further improve the economic situation. Education would also be significantly improved through the benefits of the ICT infrastructure which can also incorporate distance learning.
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6 Arundel Circle TOKAI 7945 South Africa

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How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Joseph Feigelson was born in South Africa in 1950 and has been involved in construction since 1973. He was Vice-President of Creative Structures Inc., an innovative start-up New Mexico company that produced unique geodesic structures.

Scope of the project involved the development of 250 forested acres and the manufacture of geodesic modules, the sales and construction thereof to the public and private sector.

From 1981-1992 Joseph was President of Exotic Maui Woods, Inc., .on Maui, Hawaii. He developed the concept and successful implementation of utilizing wood from trees that would have otherwise ended in the landfill.

In 1987 he consulted with the Ghana Timber Association and government to develop forestry management plans and designed sales that would minimize fragmentation of forest areas as well as a reforestation project with a concept of growing more valuable species. The concept also involved a greater domestic use of hardwoods through the development of geodesic concepts to address the housing problems in Ghana and West Africa.

After a 27 years, Joseph returned to South Africa and worked as a Systems Consultant for Computer Specialists (Pty) Ltd, one of the oldest established B.E.E software development companies in Cape Town. Since October 2002, Joseph has developed and launched two highly innovative start-up companies, n'Kozi Homes and Kitchen Garden. (www.kitchengarden.co.za). In December 2002, Joseph received a provisional patent for his methodology for building an Icosahedron and related solids and full patent in 2003.

Social Impact
How many people have been impacted by your project?

101 - 1,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?


What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

The major challenge in sustaining this initiative is the lack of adequate financing and in an environment where very few are concerned with the plight of the poor. Ideally we would welcome USD 1M to $10M, the amount of financing available would determine the initial magnitude of the project. We would welcome any type of financing and investment and all support that would help to make a significant difference in alleviation of poverty. The major challenges regarding partnerships are related to the financial aspects. There are many potential partnerships but they do not bring the necessary financial resources as they too are financially challenged.

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

n’Kozi recognizes the fine line between providing solutions and contributing to problems and is therefore focused on sustainable community development.

From an environmental perspective, new building materials derived from fiber based agricultural commodities will help transform local economies based on hydrocarbon technologies to local economies based on carbohydrate economies while simultaneously providing local economic opportunities and gainful employment and occupations. A type of "Pay it Forward" economy will allow for stable communities and sustainable housing.

From an economic perspective, this innovation and innovative delivery mechanism will significantly alleviate poverty

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How do you plan to grow and/or diversify your base of support in the next three years?
Please select your areas of intervention in the home improvement market

Design, Technology, Infrastructure, Energy conservation, Renewable energy, Green housing, Environment, Income generation, Urban development, Rural development, Public policy.

Is your innovation addressing barriers in the home improvement/progressive housing market? If so, please describe in detail your mechanisms of intervention

In South Africa alone, excluding present demand, it is estimated there is a backlog of over 10 million houses within the affordable housing sector and this gap continues to widen. Any client groups, in any regions or countries could benefit through the replication of this initiative as it serves as a development model providing all the necessary components for sustainability, scalability and technological integration and is relatively simple to adapt to any environment with only the basic requirements of water and land. The overall market is in excess of 5 M.

Are you currently collaborating with private companies, or have you partnered with private companies in the past? With which companies?
Please describe in detail the nature of the partnership(s)
Select the unit(s) with which the partnership was formed

R&D department.