Houses for everyone

first_imgHousing is at the forefront of the national agenda for delivery and the government is taking overall responsibility for providing houses to all. (Image: Department of Human Settlements)The government inherited a critical housing shortage, with the 1996 Census reflecting a housing backlog of 2 202 519. Since coming to power in 1994, the state has built 1,4 million housing units, providing more than 5 million people with secure homes. For indicators on the progress of housing delivery since 1994, click here.Home ownershipThe government’s goal is to create sustainable housing developments whereby people own their properties. This engenders a sense of pride in their homes, streets and areas and advances the entire community. At least 2 million people have benefited from the transfer of ownership of 398 000 houses to their residents since the government came to power. In the past 8 years, the percentage of home-owners has risen from 66 to 77 percent of all household dwellers, despite the fact that the number of households has also increased by 1,5-million since then.Housing subsidiesThe National Housing Subsidy Programme aims to stimulate both rural and urban development. Since 1994, 1 323 205 housing subsidies were allocated, 36 percent of these to women-headed households. National housing policy specifies that all housing subsidies offered be met with a contribution from the recipient – either in the form of funds or labour – to encourage a culture of responsibility and saving for housing. The Housing Subsidy Scheme gives six different funding options for those who are eligible and who earn R3 500 or less per month.Finance for the poorFor housing developments to be sustainable, contributions are required from all sectors of society – government, communities, NGOs, the private sector and individuals. Access to finance remains the biggest obstacle to housing delivery. Since 1994 the government has attempted to work out solutions with banks on issues like red-lining, bad debts and subsidy-linked bonds. Servcon was established as a public-private partnership to tackle the problem of bond defaulting and has so far cleared 15 000 bad loans worth R612-million. The National Housing Finance Corporation was also set up (in 1996) to give banks access to capital for subsidy-linked and lower income housing. So far the NHFC has given out R1,5-billion to finance institutions for housing.Job creation and skills developmentThe government’s low cost housing programme creates jobs by promoting labour-intensive methods, employing local labour and small-time contractors. It also supports those who prefer to build their own homes and provides technical, financial and other support to them.Human settlementAround 53,6 percent of the population live in urban areas. The Human Settlement Redevelopment Programme, initiated in 1999, aims to improve the quality of the urban environment and address the imbalances and backlogs inherited from the apartheid government. This involves yearly roll-on housing development plans spanning all three tiers of government. So far the government has spent more than R40-million in 15 areas in all 9 provinces in human settlement programmes.Source: Department of Human SettlementsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Letran slips past St. Benilde to earn Final 4 playoff

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran found its mark when it mattered most as it subdued St. Benilde, 66-60, to secure a playoff for the last Final Four spot in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Bong Quinto nailed a booming triple from the right wing, which was followed by a huge putback from Rey Nambatac off a JP Calvo fastbreak in the final 18.1 seconds to give the Knights a comfortable 64-59 lead in the clutch.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ST. BENILDE 60 – Leutcheu 18, Pili 16, Sta. Maria 6, Castor 4, Dixon 4, Mercado 4, Domingo 3, San Juan 3, Velasco 2, Johnson 0, Naboa 0, Suarez 0, Young 0.Quarters: 20-11, 28-28, 48-43, 66-60. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Though Dino San Juan split his freebies on the other end, Calvo put the nail in the coffin as he drilled two free throws in the last 6.6 ticks to win the game.Nambatac fired a near double-double with 18 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, while Calvo scattered 16 markers, five boards, and four dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJerrick Balanza also shot 2-of-5 from three to wound up with 13 points and three rebounds, while Jeo Ambohot got 10 markers and 13 boards in the victory.Letran halted its two-game losing skid to finish the eliminations at 9-9 and move on to the fourth-place playoff against Arellano on Friday. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Competitive season expected as 9 teams see action in ABL Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Still, coach Jeff Napa was unsatisfied with how the Knights fought the Blazers in their closer.“A win is a win but we can’t play like this coming to the playoff. Arellano is very dangerous and if we want to succeed and move on to the next phase of the tournament, everybody should play their A-game,” he said.Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde (4-14) with 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Eric Pili got 16 markers and six boards in the losing effort.The Scores:LETRAN 66 – Nambatac 18, Calvo 16, Balanza 13, Ambohot 10, Quinto 7, Balagasay 2, Bernabe 0, Caralipio 0, Gedaria 0, Mandreza 0, Pamulaklakin 0, Taladua 0, Vacaro 0.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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The Internet Is Convinced That Joe Lunardi Is Wearing A Toupée, And Is Unimpressed

first_imgA rack of NCAA basketballs.SUNRISE, FL – DECEMBER 21: NCAA basketballs in a rack on the court during the shoot-around proipr to the game between the Florida Gators and the Fresno State Bulldogs during the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 21, 2013 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Florida defeated Fresno State 66-49. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)ESPN’s Joe Lunardi is one of college basketball’s most well-renowned bracketologists, but his most recent bracket isn’t what has Twitter abuzz during today’s early college basketball games. Many noticed something…strange about Lunardi’s hairdo, and are convinced that he’s wearing a toupée.Joe Lunardi is not fooling anyone with that toupee #CmonBro— Josef (@Joeyy_Steeze) February 28, 2015Joe Lunardi’s toupee has upped its OOC schedule and is in as a solid 7 seed right now— Andrew Rush (@idiotsonsports) February 28, 2015I currently have Joe Lunardi as a one seed in my “worst toupee bracket”— C Payne (@FakeCPayne) February 28, 2015I’ve got Joe Lunardi’s toupee as the 8th seed in the east #bracketology pic.twitter.com/iOeo7I3RZd— Jordan Jones (@theRealjwjones) February 28, 2015Lunardi needs to fire his toupee guy pic.twitter.com/MyK0CjyFD8— Rob Preslan (@RPreslan) February 28, 2015Why does Joe Lunardi keep up the facade of that awful toupee. Just let that bald head breathe!— M. Butler (@mbutlerOK) February 28, 2015Joe Lunardi’s toupee is projected to be a 14th seed in the NCAA Tourney!— Miran Maric (@MiranMaric) February 28, 2015Marv Albert is wondering what Joe Lunardi is doing with his 1986 toupee— ChicagoTerps (@ChicagoTerps) February 28, 2015Lunardi has been asked about this in the past, and denies it, for whatever that is worth.last_img read more

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Clippers fall to Mud Hens in finale of 6game series

The Toledo Mud Hens got revenge on the Columbus Clippers, scoring 13 runs and holding Columbus to five runs on six hits in the finale of the teams’ six-game series Monday. The Clippers fell to 8-4, while the Mud Hens improved to 4-8. “They have good players, and they got the better of us today,” Columbus manager Mike Sarbaugh said after the loss. “Give them credit: They put good swings on the ball today.” Clippers first baseman Wes Hodges batted in two of his team’s five runs when he doubled to center field in the bottom of the fourth inning. It was the last two runs Toledo’s Andrew Oliver gave up on the day. Hodges said Oliver, who was credited with the win and moves to 2-0 on the season, had an array of pitches that he threw to Columbus batters. “He did a good job just mixing it,” Hodges said. “He has a good fastball, and he threw strikes today.” Columbus starting pitcher Corey Kluber gave up six runs on six hits in 4.2 innings pitched. Toledo first baseman Ryan Strieby sent a two-run home run over the left-field bleachers in the top of the fifth inning to give Toledo a 6-2 lead. But the Clippers battled back when right fielder Chad Huffman sent a double to center field, scoring two runs and bringing the Clippers within two runs heading into the sixth inning. Right-handed pitcher Joe Martinez came in for Kluber after the Strieby homer, and earned four quick outs before the seventh inning, when the Clippers were still well in contention, trailing just 6-4. That didn’t continue into the seventh inning. Martinez allowed a solo home run to Toledo left fielder Andy Dirks to start the inning, giving the Mud Hens a 7-4 lead. Three batters and just one out later, Toledo center fielder Clete Thomas delivered a three-run home run to right field to break the game open and give the Mud Hens a 10-4 lead with just one out. Sarbaugh said that inning was detrimental for his club. “We felt like we were still in the game going into the seventh,” he said, “but Clete Thomas’ home run was the big blow.” Martinez got out of the inning without allowing another run, but got no run support in the bottom of the seventh, when Columbus’ first three batters were retired. Toledo earned three more runs off right-handed pitcher Jess Todd in the eighth inning to give the Mud Hens a 13-4 lead. Columbus shortstop Luis Valbuena hit a ground ball that scored center fielder Bubba Bell in the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough, as the designated Cord Phelps struck out to end the game with a final score of 13-5. Columbus will begin a four-game series with the Louisville Bats on Tuesday. The Bats sit in first place in the division with a 9-2 record. Sarbaugh said today’s loss is just a bump in the road and that the team can’t get hung up on the nine-run loss. “It’s one of those days,” he said, “and we’ve got to come back ready (Tuesday).” read more

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Wrestling Kyle Snyder named James E Sullivan award recipient

Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder waves to the crowd no senior night prior to the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State senior wrestler Kyle Snyder on Tuesday was named the 88th AAU James E. Sullivan Award winner, a recognition given to the nation’s best amateur athlete as voted by the general public. Snyder took home the hardware over other finalists North Carolina guard Joel Berry II, Michigan runner Erin Finn, Nebraska setter Kelly Hunter, Nebraska outside hitter Annika Albrecht, Paralympic equestrian Angela Peavy, and Olympic ice dancers Maia and Alex Shibutani. Snyder is the second Buckeyes to win the award in the past four years with running back Ezekiel Elliott having been honored in 2014. Past winners of the award include Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps and Tim Tebow. The last wrestler to win was Rulon Gardner in 2000. Snyder adds this honor to a long list of achievements, highlighted by his 2016 Olympic Gold Medal and his three individual national championships as a Buckeye. The Amateur Athletic Union was founded in 1888 and has been presenting the award — named after the AAU’s founder James Sullivan — since 1930. According to its website, the criteria includes qualities of leadership in addition to accomplishments at the collegiate or Olympic level.Snyder won his third national championship in Cleveland back on March 17, and helped Team USA win the 2018 Wrestling World Cup in Iowa City, Iowa, on April 8. read more

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Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness tells PSG to find a new

first_imgBayern Munich President Uli Hoeness has told Paris Saint-Germain to find a new sporting director after disappointing debacle which took place over the transfer of Jerome Boateng.The French club were interested in signing Boateng from the German champions and sporting director Antero Henrique was in charge of negotiations with Bayern.PSG’s pursuit – led by Henrique – left a sour taste in the mouth of Hoeness, who was scathing of the French club’s sporting director.“I would advise PSG to replace their sporting director. The man is not a great advert for the club,” Hoeness told Kicker, as quoted by Goal.“PSG cannot afford to have such a sporting director if they want to be one the best clubs in the world.”RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Hoeness added: “We asked for this fee [€50 million] because we did not want to hand over Jerome and assumed that Paris would not pay that amount. We also wanted to do our coach a favour because he wanted to keep the player.”Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was also less than impressed with Henrique and PSG’s actions during discussions for Boateng.“I do not want to insult anybody. But I will tell you: You can’t do things like that to Bayern Munich Especially when it is about that kind of player,” Salihamidzic told Sky following Bayern’s 3-0 win over Stuttgart on Saturday.“If a transfer shall happen, many things must fit. We must want it, the player must want it and the other club should show interest in that player. And we never felt that in any moment.“Even Jerome confirmed to me, that the tactics of the other side were strange.”last_img read more

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Christie delighted with match officials

first_imgScotland midfielder Ryan Christie has revealed his delight with the match officials during his country’s 4-0 against Albania.Russian referee Bezborodov took note of Mergim Mavraj’s first challenge on Christie before Scotland’s James Forrest, and later showed the Aris centre-back a red cardThat was the second red card situation Christie has been involved in the space of a week after Livingston striker Dolly Menga was banned for two games for putting his head towards Christie in a goalless Scottish  Premiership clash between Celtic and Livingston last Sunday, after it was initially missed by the match officials“That’s two in a week,” he said, as quoted in Scotsman.“I wasn’t sure if it was the captain who made the initial challenge but I was trying to get the ball off him for the free-kick and he seemed to get really aggressive and put the head towards me. I am happy that the officials saw this one.”ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.It is has been a fantastic season for Christie, who has only recently became a regular in Brendan Rodger’s team before putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the Scottish champions last week.“It has been a bit of a whirlwind. I have found myself very lucky that they have put me into a team full of great players all around me.“We are playing some great football with Celtic just now and coming away at international level, I really enjoyed playing in that team on Saturday night.“Callum McGregor was sitting in behind me tonight as I am used to and when you have players like Ryan Fraser and James Forrest running off the ball, it makes my job easy.”last_img read more

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February 28 Current Target Date For AK LNG Draft

first_imgOfficials with the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation announced to FERC that they plan to start building construction camps and access roads to the proposed LNG plant site in Nikiski by 2020. The latest timeline projection for the first liquefied gas production is by fall of 2024. The corporation plans to spend between $3 million and $4 million a month in the current fiscal year that ends June 30, 2019, according to the presentation by the AGDC. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享February 28 has been listed as the ‘current target date’ for the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Alaska LNG project, according to the permitting dashboard for federal projects. FERC has served as the lead federal agency in coordinating the EIS and issuing an order authorizing construction and operation of the project. Federal regulators began the work on the draft EIS back in early 2017. The mainline of the Alaska LNG Project will traverse over 800 miles from the gas treatment plant within the Prudhoe Bay Unit (PBU) on the North Slope through several boroughs before it crosses the Cook Inlet and connects with the liquefaction plant and marine terminal in Nikiski.last_img read more

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