NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 8In 2030, the terrible spatial legacy of apartheid has finally been broken. South Africans have humane and environmentally sustainable living and working conditions. Their homes have all the basic services they need and are closer to their workplaces, to which they travel in safe public transport.• Overview• Document downloads• Quality basic education• Health care for all• Safety & freedom from fear• Economy & employment• A skilled workforce• Economic infrastructure• Vibrant rural communities• Sustainable human settlements• Accountable local government• Natural environment• South Africa in the world• Efficient public service• Inclusive social protection• Nation building, social cohesion Human settlements – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 8: Transforming human settlement and the national space economy• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 8: Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life• Infographic: Transforming human settlement and the national space economyHuman settlements – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, human settlements in South Africa have been transformed into equitable and efficient spaces with citizens living in close proximity to work with access to social facilities and necessary infrastructure.Apartheid spatial patterns have been broken, with significant advances made towards retrofitting existing settlements offering the majority of South Africans access to adequate housing and affordable services in better living environments. The homebuyers’ market is more equitable and functional.By 2030:• South Africa has a strong and efficient spatial planning system, well integrated across the spheres of government.• All informal settlements have been upgraded and are positioned on suitable, well-located land.• More people live closer to their places of work.• Public transport is of good quality.• There are more jobs in or close to dense, urban townships.Human settlements – The challengesApartheid planning consigned the majority of South Africans to places far away from work, where services could not be sustained, and where it was difficult to access the benefits of society and participate in the economy.A great deal of progress has been made since 1994, but South Africa is far from achieving the Reconstruction and Development Programme goals of “breaking down apartheid geography through land reform, more compact cities, decent public transport and the development of industries and services that use local resources and/or meet local needs”.Despite reforms to the planning system, colonial and apartheid legacies still structure space across different scales.Many people still live in poverty traps, including the former homelands, where less than 30% of adults are employed – compared to 55% in the cities). One in two households depends on social grants or remittances, compared with one in six in cities.Logistics and communication lines are long because of sheer scale, making infrastructure maintenance difficult and movement of goods and people costly.Over two decades into democracy, towns and cities remain fragmented, imposing high costs on households and the economy. The housing market’s enormous price cliffs act as barriers for most black South Africans to progress up the property ladder. New, subsidised settlements have created homes for nearly 4-million households, but are often too far from economic opportunities.Human settlements – Action requiredThere is an urgent need for an urban development strategy to make urban spaces liveable, equitable, sustained, resilient and efficient – able to support economic growth and social cohesion.The National Development Plan mandates a series of interconnected interventions required to address economic solutions, institutional reforms, change to land management systems and infrastructure investment.Apartheid spatial patterns must be broken, replaced with a more coherent and inclusive approach to development and urban planning. The fractured housing market requires significant reform.Specific action includes:• Reforms to the current planning system for improved coordination.• Develop a strategy for densification of cities and resource allocation to promote better located housing and settlements.• Substantial investment to ensure safe, reliable and affordable public transport.• Introduce spatial development framework and norms, including improving the balance between location of jobs and people.• Conduct a comprehensive review of the grant and subsidy regime for housing with a view to ensure diversity in product and finance options that would allow for more household choice and greater spatial mix and flexibility. This should include a focused strategy on the housing gap market, involving banks, subsidies and employer housing schemes.• National spatial restructuring fund, integrating currently defused funding.• Establish a national observatory for spatial data and analysis.• Provide incentives for citizen activity for local planning and development of spatial compacts.• Introduce mechanisms that would make land markets work more effectively for the poor and support rural and urban livelihoods.Human settlements – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes achieve sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.• Adequate housing and improved quality living environments• A functionally equitable residential property market• Enhanced institutional capability for effective coordination of spatial investment decisionsHuman settlements – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to achieve sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDERResearched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Although farmers sat inside all weekend and watch storm clouds bring inches and inches of rain to Ohio corn and soybean fields this past weekend, it is still too early to know if some of those fields will need a “Take 2” with the planter. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Troy Putnam visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about what to take into consideration when assessing if a field needs to be replanted. He also discusses how wheat in south central Ohio is about 2 weeks ahead of schedule and what farmers need to do in the near term as that crop progresses quickly to flowering stage.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2019 Van Wert County Farm Bureau Annual MeetingAnnual Meeting was held Aug. 6, 2019, at the Van Wert Center of Aging, in conjunction the Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District. Dinner was catered by Gibson’s BBQ of Van Wert.Celebrating 100 years of Ohio Farm BureauVoting of board members and delegates was held, and after dinner, Jessica Vandenbroek gave the organization director’s report. Scholarships were awarded and the 2019 year was recapped.Special guest Matt Reese, from Ohio’s Country Journal, spoke about the challenges Ohio farmers face with the 2019 crop season.We celebrated the 2019 year of Van Wert County Farm Bureau and welcome the year 2020.
Here’s a simple script that equals huge timesavings – paste multiple keyframes in Adobe After Effects.One way to be more efficient in After Effects is to become a keyframe wiz. Being adept at keyframing means a faster workflow and more dynamic projects. However, despite the powerful keyframe features in After Effects, some functionality still falls a bit short. The After Effects wizzes at AEScripts.com have created a really handy script to address one such function, copying and pasting multiple keyframes.The really awesome thing about this AE script is that you can copy and keyframe on multiple layers.There’s a multitude of uses for this simple After Effects script to speed up your video editing or motion design work. Very handy for duplicating the motion of several elements onto several NEW elements (images, graphics, etc). See the video below to see it in action.Maybe Adobe will catch wind and include this functionality in future AE versions. Until then, give this script a spin….you may catch yourself wondering what you ever did without it.“Name your own price” and download the Paste Multiple Keyframes script from AEScripts.comFor AE keyframing tips see our previous post: 5 After Effects Keyframe Tips