Drive to create a million jobs

first_imgBuilding skills will be taught to thosetaking part in the EPWP. The environment stands to benefitFrom the different environmental projects. Construction projects will use trainedlocals as part of the public worksprogramme.Khanyi MagubaneIn his state of the nation address in 2003, President Thabo Mbeki announced that government would be launching an ambitious five-year campaign in 2004 to alleviate poverty and unemployment in South Africa. This took the form of the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) – an inter-departmental project focusing on skills development.The programme consists of short-to-medium term measures to curb poverty and unemployment. From 2004 to 2007, 950 000 jobs were created and government projects that by 2009 it will have generated 1.3-million jobs.Government spokesperson Themba Maseko says the progress of the first five years, regarded as the first phase of the EPWP, has been well received by government and future plans for expansion are already in progress. “The strategic review of the first phase and proposal for the second phase of the EPWP was considered and approved by Cabinet,” he said.The EPWP is one of government’s initiatives to ensure that the large number of unskilled and jobless South Africans are drawn into the employed sector to benefit fully from economic development. The countrywide scheme targets the areas of infrastructure, environmental, social, and economic development.Infrastructure boonThis involves recruiting and training the unemployed to become involved in labour-intensive projects such as upgrading rural and municipal roads, pipelines and storm-water drains. Local community members living near in such developments are employed by contractors to carry out the work.As part of the project, about 500 contractors have already received government training through the Construction Education and Training Authority, ensuring they have the necessary skills to build the infrastructure.About 37 000km of roads, 31 000km of pipelines, 1 500km of storm water drains and 150km of urban pavements are to be constructed as part of the programme. About 750 000 unemployed local community members will participate in projects. All those employed to work on these projects will receive training funded by the Department of Labour.Environmental sectorThe environmental component of the EPWP includes the Working for Water scheme, which creates employment opportunities in the public environmental sector. It also involves employing people to work on conservation projects such as the Department of Agriculture’s Land Care programme; the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s People and Parks, Coastal Care, Sustainable Land-based Livelihoods, Cleaning up SA, and Growing a Tourism Economy programmes.It also includes the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry’s Working for Water, Working for Wetlands, and Working on Fire programmes.This programme will result in 40 rehabilitated wetlands, 20 fire protection associations, the cleaning of 700km of coastline, 10 000ha of rehabilitated land, 32 waste management programmes and 150 historical and community tourism projects. It’s expected that this sector will have created employment for about 200 000 people by the end of 2009.Social aspectThis sector creates work opportunities for individuals through community-based health and social welfare programmes. These include home-based healthcare for those with HIV/Aids, as well as an early childhood development initiative. The departments of health, social development and education facilitate these programmes. The home-based care programme has been devised as a cost-effective substitute for a significant portion of HIV/Aids-related hospital care.The EPWP plays a critical role in the government’s bid to deliver holistic HIV/Aids and tuberculosis related services. Early childhood development is the process by which children from birth to nine years old are nurtured in appropriate environments so they grow and thrive physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, morally and socially. The aim of the programme is to skill 19 800 practitioners over five years to care for vulnerable children.Economic sectorThe Department of Trade and Industry has been tasked with coordinating this sector and help people gain skills in small business development. In a bid to help those involved become economically sustainable, Cabinet has approved about 3 000 learnerships for the five-year period.The learnerships involve teaching young entrepreneurs the basics of running a business and how to grow a viable venture. It is assumed that each of these entrepreneurs will employ an extra three people, brining the total number of learnership beneficiaries to 9 000.Useful linksDepartment of Public WorksExtended Public Works ProgrammeDepartment of Trade and IndustryDo you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected]last_img read more

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Raised-Heel Trusses Make Better Enclosures

first_img1. I may be dating myself with this reference to the classic 1971 song by Traffic, The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys, but let me state for the record that I was only 10 years old when it came out and didn’t find out about it until much later. Now Joe Lstiburek, on the other hand, is an old guy who probably listened to the album in his bedroom after hockey practice and got yelled at by his parents for playing it too loudly. ↩ And speaking of venting, check out Image #3, a Building America photo showing incorrect installation of the baffles. The problem there is that the cardboard baffles are stapled to the inside of the top plate. In this house, as a result, there’s going to be absolutely no insulation directly over that exterior wall (unless the problem was corrected). That’s the kind of stuff that causes not only higher energy bills but also comfort problems because of reduced mean radiant temperature, durability problems because of condensation (including frost on the ceiling and walls in cold climates), and indoor air quality problems because of mold growth due to the condensation.Specify roof trusses with a raised heelBut we know how to solve this problem. The pen test will help you spot problems like this. The solution for roofs framed with trusses is something called the raised-heel truss, also called an energy-heel truss or energy truss. (But be sure to see the name I propose below!) Image #4 below comes from a paper by the Engineered Wood Association titled Raised-Heel Trusses for Efficient, Cost-Effective, Comfortable Homes.Note the extra height at the heel of the raised-heel truss (at the right in Image #4) compared to the conventional truss (at left). You can get about 15 inches of space for insulation in raised-heel trusses. That’s a lot better than 4 inches, and it makes the attic insulation overall much closer (if not equal) to the flat side of things than the lumpy side. Insulation, like gravy, should not be lumpy, you know.Another Building America photo below (Image #5) shows a raised-heel truss and you can see even with the baffle for venting installed, there’s a lot of room for insulation.Preventing wind-washingLet me draw your attention to one more benefit of raised-heel trusses. You can run the exterior sheathing up from the wall onto the heel of the truss. That gives you a nice dam to prevent wind-washing, a common problem at the eaves of conventional roofs.Those venting baffles shown in a couple of the photos below are supposed to prevent wind-washing, but when they aren’t installed, as is the case in many older homes, or when they’re improperly installed, wind comes up through the soffit vents and blows the insulation back into the attic. Even if an attic started with some insulation over the exterior walls, there may not be any there after a while if the attic is subject to wind-washing. That sheathing on raised-heel trusses makes it nearly impossible for the insulation on the edge to be blown inward.The same principles apply to roofs framed onsite. You need to adjust the framing at the edge to allow for more insulation over the exterior walls at the eaves. The final photo below (Image #6) is a Building America diagram showing how to frame a roof with extra space by putting another top plate on the top of the ceiling joists.If you’re building a house and not adjusting your construction techniques to allow for adequate insulation at the exterior walls, you’re missing a big opportunity. My only problem with raised-heel trusses, however, is the name. Raised, to me, indicates that the whole thing is lifted up. The top chord is higher but so is the bottom chord. Really, though, the whole thing is taller, not raised. So I propose we give these energy-saving trusses a new name: high-heeled trusses. Yeah! I like it. That’s got some serious low spark1. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. A comfortable, energy-efficient home begins with a good building enclosure. That means control layers. You’ve got to control the flows of moisture, air, and heat.Today, let’s talk about controlling heat and further. Let’s focus on heat going through the top of the house. If you’ve read my Flat or Lumpy article, you know it’s better to have a uniform coverage of insulation rather than a lot of insulation in some places and little insulation in others. But you may not know about one place where many homes just can’t get enough insulation.Yep. I’m talking about the space over the exterior walls, where the roof comes down and leaves little space for insulation. Take a look at the Image #2 below. It’s from the Building America page on minimum insulation at the attic eave.The trusses seem to be made from 2x4s, so there’s about 4 inches of space for insulation over the exterior wall (at the bottom of the photo). The rest of the attic will have about 12 inches or more of blown insulation. Hmmmm. Is there some reason that the space over the exterior wall might have lower susceptibility to heat loss and heat gain? In summer, it could be a bit cooler there because of venting (not shown). In winter, that spot is likely to be worse than the middle of the attic, again because of venting. Overall, though, there’s not good reason to have less insulation there.center_img RELATED ARTICLESAll About Attic VentingSite-Built Ventilation Baffles for RoofsHow to Insulate an Attic FloorTen Common Mistakes Made By New Home BuildersHow to Install Cellulose InsulationQ&A: Raised-heel trusses can be annoyingQ&A: Raised Heel / Energy Trusslast_img read more

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Caloy Garcia, Rain or Shine ready for any team in semis

first_imgCaloy Garcia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Coach Caloy Garcia is playing the waiting game anew after Rain or Shine made good use of its twice-to-beat incentive in Sunday’s quarterfinal clash with NorthPort at MOA Arena.And he’s not sweating it.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “Actually right now, we’re not even thinking about it,” he told reporters after the Elasto Painters’ 91-85 dispatching of Batang Pier. “We still don’t know who we are going to play.”Garcia said the second seed Rain or Shine is looking to regroup on Tuesday. But there is no telling who their next assignment will be by that time as Magnolia on Monday night forced a deciding Game 3 after whipping Ginebra, 106-77.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’ll just probably think of how we played against NorthPort,” Garcia said.“Just think of how we can still improve, because we know Ginebra and Magnolia are two different types of teams—you have a big team and you have a quick one,” he added. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Painters, should they face Barangay Ginebra in the semifinal round, will have an opportunity to avenge their Philippine Cup campaign last year, where they were swept in two games.But Garcia and the Elasto Painters are more likely draw inspiration from exorcising the haunting memories of their 2018 Governors’ Cup bid where they finished first in the eliminations but got knocked out again by the Gin Kings in the semifinal round.“As of right now, we just want to enjoy this moment,” the soft-spoken mentor said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lady Eagles don’t want any letup heading into Final Four Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more

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DocMagic Grows By 42 Percent

first_imgDocMagic Grows By 42 Percent in News, Technology Share Recently, DocMagic, Inc., reported a 42 percent increase in volume for 2016. The company credits its growth to the mortgage industry’s demand for products that enable TRID compliance, eSignatures and eClosings. This is the second consecutive year that DocMagic’s volume has increased by roughly 40 percent.“Lenders have been looking for ways to assure TRID compliance since 2015, and DocMagic’s SmartCLOSE technology has become the industry’s go-to solution,” said Dominic Iannitti, President and CEO of DocMagic. “Our user base has grown quickly. A lot of existing DocMagic clients saw the value of SmartCLOSE™ immediately. It has also been an entry point for many of our new lender clients.”In the past two years, DocMagic has completed numerous key integrations between lenders using SmartCLOSE, their loan origination systems, and new settlement service provider systems. The company is developing more integrations for 2017.“The number of eSignatures completed has increased significantly since launching SmartCLOSE and Total eClose,” said Iannitti. “Lenders appreciate that they can stay compliant while gaining the speed and convenience of a digital process.”The company anticipates this growth to continue in 2017.“It’s very simple—at DocMagic, we’re dedicated to addressing the industry’s needs and demands with the very best solutions on the market,” said Iannitti. “That’s been the foundation of our business since we started, and we’re pleased to say that it remains the formula for our growth today.”center_img April 5, 2017 575 Views DocMagic 2017-04-05 Seth Welbornlast_img read more

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