Multimillion-rand renewal on the go in Khayelitsha

first_img20 February 2015Cape Town is focusing on previously under-invested centres as part of its Mayoral Urban Regeneration Programme (MURP), to improve the lives of its more vulnerable residents. Khayelitsha is one of several geographic focus areas that the City has prioritised as strategic investment zones for development.In the Harare area of Khayelitsha, 17 capital projects have been implemented to date to the value of about R100-million. The infrastructure and facility investment, driven by the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrade programme and the city’s partners, which form part of the MURP, is based on community engagement and involvement.Investments have been focused around the main pedestrian routes between Khayelitsha Station and Monwabisi Park informal settlement. Private sector partnerships, such as Grassroots Soccer, loveLife and Mosaic, have also been unlocked. These partners are helping the city to extend its services to this community.In addition, investment in community facilities and public infrastructure of more than R80-million has already been made in the Kuyasa Precinct. Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille implemented the MURP in 2012.“With the highest urbanisation rate in the country, the city requires a holistic and sustainable approach and well-planned solutions to the pressures brought on by urbanisation,” says the city’s mayoral committee member for energy, environmental and spatial planning, Johan van der Merwe.Apartheid spatial planning“These challenges are, however, compounded by the apartheid spatial planning that we see across South Africa which has resulted in a socially and economically divided urban space.“The objective of the MURP is therefore to uplift formerly neglected, under-invested areas which are regressing rapidly, and to improve safety, quality of life and the socioeconomic situation, through social partnerships – with a particular focus on the shared or public environment.“Decay does not only refer to the general grime and deterioration that comes with time, but to the erosion of the economic vitality of our economic centres across the country. That is why it is important for us to create an enabling environment which will also breed further private sector investment,” he adds.“These interventions are negotiated with communities and incorporated into community action plans or area strategies.”The city’s priority areas for urban regeneration include the Khayelitsha, Hanover Park, Gatesville, Manenberg and Athlone CBDs. The project also focuses on the CBDs of Bishop Lavis, Valhalla Park and Bonteheuwel. Furthermore, great attention is being given to the Bellville, Parow and Goodwood centres within the Voortrekker Road Corridor as well as the public transport interchanges in Harare and Kuyasa in Khayelitsha. Emphasis is also placed on the Mitchells Plain town centre, the town centres of Nyanga and Gugulethu, and those of Wesfleur (Atlantis), Ocean View and Macassar.Building a townInvestments in Harare to date include the establishment of city environmental health offices, the installation of street lighting along walkways, the development of the community library, community hall and youth centre, the construction of residential and business units, the development of a business hub with line-shops, the development of facilities at Luleka School near Mew Way, and the development of a recreational park with Fifa’s Football for Hope Centre.Investment in the Kuyasa Precinct, which is situated around the new Kuyasa railway station and serves a large section of Khayelitsha, including Enkanini, includes the construction of a regional library, subcouncil offices and the revamp of Solomon Mahlangu Hall to the value of nearly R75-million. The realignment of Walter Sisulu Drive is also under way.“There is still much work to be done in Khayelitsha and in the other priority areas across the city. While I am proud of the successes achieved, our intervention efforts are being stepped up. City departments, the Western Cape government, the private sector and the various communities have embraced this programme. Partnerships such as these are vital. The transformation of our city and the empowerment of our residents cannot be achieved without partnerships,” says Van der Merwe.Source: City of Cape Townlast_img read more

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Major Thermal Bypasses

first_imgErik North, the owner of Free Energy Maine, is an energy auditor and home performance specialist in Westbrook, Maine. He is also the author of the Energy Auditing Blog. Thermal bypasses: the what and whereThe building envelope includes those elements of the building (the floor, walls, and roofs) which separate the comfortable interior from the potentially uncomfortable exterior. Especially today, when it is 98°F out … in Maine. (<— that was the sentence). BLOGS BY ERIC NORTHFlash and Batt InsulationExterior Insulation Is Like Like A Sweater For Your HouseHeat Loss from Air Is No Big Deal, Right?Insulating Stud Cavities in Existing HomesHow to Insulate and Air-Seal Pull-Down Attic StairsHow to Insulate and Air Seal an Attic Hatch First, a bit about my writing: I write in longhand, whenever I have some spare time. Between audits, at lunch, after the gym, when stopping for a coffee. Then I type the notes up. The thing is that I find a lot more spare time in my walking-around day than at the home or office. To say there is a bottleneck getting these notes into electronic form is a disservice to good-flowing bottles everywhere. This is by way of explaining an upcoming sentence.Secondly, “major thermal bypasses” is building-geek speak for holes in your house — holes through which you are losing an abnormal amount of heat. More formally, they are areas in standard construction where flaws in the building enclosure allow air to escape, bypassing the thermal control layer. List of thermal bypass locationsWhen developing their housing certifications, Energy Star put together their list of common thermal bypasses. Thankfully, the good folks at the Department of Energy have collected this info in one place: the Energy Star thermal bypass list:Kneewalls like those found in Cape Cod style housesThe ceilings over porchesAttic hatchesZero-clearance fireplaces (I love these, because the leaks are entirely enclosed and not evident to the naked eye)SkylightsGarage ceiling joists attached directly to the building framingAttic stairs built into exterior wallsBathtubs and showers built into exterior wallsCantilevered floors like those found in Garrison houses.And the hits just keep on coming. Check out Energy Star’s list of thermal bypasses and take a look around your house. Fixing one of these issues can be a real heat saver and money saver. Thermal bypasses and the home buyer’s dilemmaAs I mentioned, thermal bypasses are inadvertent holes in the building envelope. If one were to conceive of a perfectly insulated and airtight house (with an appropriate level of fresh ventilation air … no suffocating), it would be very simple. Make it like a box.Wait, you want to get inside?! OK, we’ll add a door. And you want to see the ocean view you paid an extra $100K for? Well, they have a really lousy R-value compared to walls, but I suppose we can add a few windows. And a cathedral ceiling and recessed lights and a hot tub and a finished room over the garage and a zero-clearance fireplace and a giant hole in the wall for fresh air. (Wait a minute…)You see where this is heading. Home buyers have wants and needs, and they are most often at cross purposes with the aim of having an easily defined building envelope. And the harder the building envelope is to define, the harder it is to keep the uncomfortable outside away from the comfy interior. RELATED ARTICLESAir Leaks Waste Energy and Rot HousesThe Stack Effect: When Buildings Act Like ChimneysQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersAir Leaks or Thermal Loss: What’s Worse?Navigating Energy Star’s Thermal Bypass Checklist A huge part of an energy audit is inspecting the building envelope for problems. And thankfully, as builders have standardized their building practices, they’ve been considerate enough to standardize how and where they make giant holes in the building envelope. Thanks, guys! last_img read more

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Video Tutorial: How to Create Karaoke Graphics in After Effects

first_imgStep 1 — Add the TextFirst, I’ll add a text layer using the Text tool. This project is going to be quite simple, and it will only consist of the song I’m using and the text layers. To view the waveforms of my song, I’ll select the layer and use the keyboard shortcut LL. When I can see the waveform, I’ll listen to the track and add markers to the comp. I want the markers to roughly surround each verse where I want to add a single line of text. This will serve as a visual reference when keyframing. Step 2 — Add the Color PropertyThe secret to making this effect work is using Animators. To add one, I’ll click on the Animate drop-down menu just to the right of the Text menu of my layer. As you’ll notice in the menu, there are a number of attributes for which I can add animators, but I want to focus on the color of the text. For a color animator, I’ll select Fill Color > RGB and then change the color to whatever I like. Now my text is ready for animation.Step 3 — AnimateText animators come with a Range Selector, allowing me to select a specific range to apply to my color effect. Range Selectors have Start, End, and Offset attributes, giving you precise control over the text animation. To create a simple right-to-left color wipe effect, I’ll animate the End attribute of the Range Selector from 0 to 100, lining up the keyframes to the markers surrounding the verse. Once I have my beginning and end keyframes in place, I’ll go through and fine-tune the Range Selector’s location. To better match the wipe effect to each word, I can put my playhead over a specific area of the timeline and then manually drag the Range Selector in the Comp panel. This will add a new keyframe to my End property. Once I’m happy with the timing of the End property, I’ll grab all of the keyframes and apply Easy Ease via the F9 key. Step 4 — CustomizeI can further customize the look of the color wipe via the Range Selector’s Advanced submenu. The animation defaults to animating each text character on screen one at a time, which might not be the look I want. I can switch this to exclude the spaces between characters, or I can have each word animate on (instead of individual characters). I like the way the words look, so I’ll change this and then retime any keyframes to make sure that the animation still looks good.And there you have it. Time to party!Cover image via Fer Gregory.Interested in the tracks we used to create this video?“Lovely Travel” by Make Music“Fly Free” by HartleyLooking for more After Effects tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Create Anime Speed Lines in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Fine-Tune Keyframes in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Morph Graphics Using Adobe After EffectsHow to Create an Animated Circle Burst in Adobe After Effects Need some Karaoke graphics? No problem. Learn how to customize your text and animation (and save yourself some time) in this video tutorial.Whether you just want to boogie down and sing with your friends or you’re working on a creative motion graphics project, this technique can speed things up for you. The problem is that creating text graphics like this can be extremely tedious and labor-intensive. The beauty of this technique is that not only is it fast, it’s also versatile and customizable. Let’s take a step-by-step look at how to create these karaoke-style text elements.last_img read more

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Michy Batshuayi eyeing ‘something great’ with Valencia under Marcelino

first_imgBelgium forward Michy Batshuayi was unveiled as a Valencia player on Sunday and said that he is eyeing loads of success under coach Marcelino in Spain.Batshuayi, who is on a season-long loan at the La Liga side from Chelsea, said that he decided to accept Valencia’s offer after his conversation with the Spanish club coach Marcelino Garcia Toral.”There were a lot of teams interested in signing me, but I spoke with Marcelino and the Spanish club management and they convinced me to come here,” the Belgium forward said.Batshuayi, who arrived in Valencia on Saturday following his new club’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in a pre-season friendly, praised his teammates, reiterating that the atmosphere was great and Valencia fans are “fantastic.”Last night was @mbatshuayi’s first time in #Mestalla!Today he will be at a press conference from 11:00 AMWelcome Michy!!!! pic.twitter.com/l2sCAyyWGAValencia CF English (@valenciacf_en) August 12, 2018He pointed out that his style of playing adapts very well to the way of playing that coach Marcelino wants.”I want to grow and I want the team to do it too. It is true that Marcelino’s style can adapt very well to mine and together we can do something great,” added Batshuayi, who was accompanied by Valencia president Anil Murthy, during the presentation.Batshuayi also said said he would like to wear jersey No. 23 and stressed that Valencia is a “competitive” team that fights against big clubs.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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