19 Dec
2019

Rental housing project under way

first_img27 June 2003Thousands of rental housing units are to be constructed in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Mpumalanga following an agreement between the government, labour and the private sector.The chief director of programme management in the department of housing, Johan Wallis, told Parliament on Wednesday that the initiative, known as the “Job Summit Project”, aims to implement the construction of between 50 000 and 150 000 units in three phases, to be completed by 2005.Wallis said eight such projects were currently under way in Gauteng to construct a total of 5 000 units. “Construction has already begun on 450 units in Klipfontein and 970 units in Brickfields. Development in Faraday, Metro Mall, Tribunal Gardens, Better Buildings, Doornfontein and Baralink are still in planning stages,” he said.In Tasbet Park and Duvha Park in Mpumalanga, 5 000 units are being constructed east of the N4, with 20 completed units to be handed over to tenants on 1 July.Wallis said that although the Durban Metro had approved the construction of 700 units in Roosfontein Hill in Cato Manor, the department had had to cancel the construction of a further 2 800 units at Mount Moriah in KwaMashu because the area is notorious for non-payment of rates and taxes.“Rental is not a cheap option. Units are very expensive to build, but because of government subsidies the poor will have increased access to the units,” Wallis said.Government has agreed to provide R380-million in subsidies, with a further R225-million made available for the project from poverty relief funds.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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19 Dec
2019

SANParks goes ‘wild about soccer’

first_imgSAinfo reporter DreamFields Project founder John Perlman saw the partnership with SANParks as “a way of changing the social make-up in marginalised communities”. In a statement issued this week, the Dreamfields Project says its three-year partnership with SANParks’ People and Conservation (P&C) unit – dubbed “Wild about Soccer” – is aimed at engaging young people at the level of their passion: football. SANParks CEO David Mabunda has endorsed the project, saying: “The best way to get young people to understand and develop respect for the environment in conservation areas is to start by making positive and visible changes in the environments where they live”. Companies and individuals can sponsor a R5 500 DreamBag to a school. It contains 3 soccer balls, 15 pairs of boots and 15 sets of kit, including numbered shirts, shorts and socks. Raising awareness “Wild About Soccer”, he said, was not just about the beautiful game, but was about using sport as means of building knowledge about, and respect for, something worth preserving – our natural heritage. The Dreamfields Project joined forces with SANParks’ P&C unit to bring the “Wild about Soccer” tournaments to these secluded communities, with every tournament within the project providing an opportunity to educate young people about conservation and the environment. Launched in 2006, the Dreamfields Project is a section 21 company that uses soccer as a force for good in township and rural schools. DreamBags Dreamfields will provide DreamBags containing a complete soccer kit to the participating schools for continued development of their learners through the game of soccer.center_img “As a start, we will be handing out DreamBags filled with soccer kits for tournaments in rural communities, but our long-term goal is to help fix up some fields in villages bordering on our parks,” Perlman said. To date, 240 schools and organizations have received DreamBags, while donations and sponsorships are being used to build new soccer fields and improve sporting infrastructure in townships and rural areas. ‘A force for good’ South African National Parks (SANParks) has teamed up with the Dreamfields Project to merge the seemingly separate worlds of conservation and soccer for the benefit of young people living in communities situated around national parks. “We are wild about this project, and wild about our partnership with SANParks.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Starting from Saturday, 6 September, school teams from communities on the borders of the world-renowned Kruger National Park will participate in a series of “Wild about Soccer” tournaments, culminating in a final tournament in Skukuza on 4 October. The DreamBag handover coincides with a DreamEvent, which is a soccer tournament at which the sponsor, community and other supporters come together and enjoy the beautiful game. 5 September 2008last_img read more

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12 Dec
2019

Action Hits Toolkit: 70+ Free Action Compositing Elements

first_imgDownload the Action Hits Toolkit: 70+ Action Compositing ElementsClick the button below to download the Action Hits Toolkit. In the download, you’ll find everything you need to get started. These elements are free to use in any personal or commercial projects. By downloading, you agree not to resell or redistribute these free assets.(This is a relatively large download, so settle in.)DOWNLOAD ACTION HITS TOOLKIT: 70+ ACTION COMPOSITING ELEMENTSHow to Use The Action Hits Toolkit of 70+ Action Compositing ElementsWe created this pack of 70+ action compositing elements with experimentation in mind. There are many different ways you can use these elements, from compositing your action scenes to adding some really nice texture and excitement to motion graphics.Almost all of these elements will find their best use in Adobe After Effects; however, they will work in any major nonlinear editing software.We shot these elements against a black background; this way all you need is the appropriate blending mode to include them in your own project. The best blending modes to use will be “Add,” “Linear Dodge” (add), or “Screen.” However, you may be able to get interesting results using other blend modes. Again, experiment!My personal favorite part of this pack is the “Magic Sci/Fi toolkit.” This aspect of the Action Hits Toolkit is purely for experimentation and creating cool effects and looks that you might have never thought of before.With some spark circles inspired by Doctor Strange, interesting orbs created with a lens ball, and some colorful magical spark/spell hits, you can mix these elements to create fantasy effects, sci-fi effects, or anything in between.100% Practical EffectsWe shot these elements and effects practically in 4K in our studio using quite a few different techniques and methods.Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes content about how we created these elements.BONUS: More FREE Action ElementsNeed more free elements?Our friends at RocketStock released a pack of 25 completely free action compositing elements with Action Pack Lite. This includes full-blown explosions, fire, smoke, dust, and more. Between these two packs, you can have a completely free action elements library with anything you could want.Enjoy!Still not enough freebies? Check these out.SPACE KIT: Download 40+ Free Space Textures and Elements21 Free Motion Graphics Templates for Adobe Premiere Pro17 Free Anamorphic Lens Flares for Your Videos and Motion Graphics With over 70 action compositing elements for your videos and motion graphics, the Action Hits Toolkit has everything you need for your next action sequence.With the Action Hits Toolkit — a pack of more than 70 dirt hits, spark hits, muzzle flashes, fantasy hits, and much more — you can finally craft that elaborate action scene you’ve been dreaming about. Perfect for VFX compositing and for adding excitement to your motion graphic design, this pack has a little bit of everything to help you bring some explosive power to your work.The Action Hits Toolkit Includes the following:13 dirt/dust hits.17 spark hits and falling spark elements.2 smoke hits.5 fantasy/sci-fi hits.3 muzzle flashes.31 miscellaneous elements for creating your own effects (magic hits, orbs, spark circles, energy fields, etc.).last_img read more

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