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Housing gives hope to rural communities

first_img5 October 2011 For 15 years, Makgadi Moloi and her family lived in a mud house with no electricity or running water. Her four children slept on the floor in one small room with desks for study. Now the Molois, along with 50 other families from the farming community of Diyatalawa outside Harrismith in the Free State, can look forward to a brighter future, thanks to a Free State provincial government and Department of Rural Development and Land Reform housing scheme that has proven successful in the area. President Jacob Zuma, who visited the projects on Tuesday, encouraged the department to roll out the scheme to other poor communities in the area. The Free State was the third province to be visited by Zuma following his recent assessment of health and education service delivery in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape. The 74-square-metre houses that replaced the mud structures previously occupied by residents of Diyatalawa are all fitted with solar energy, which comes handy for those who cannot afford electricity.‘We can now say we have a home’ Moloi, who was among the first beneficiaries of the project, told BuaNews that apart from the fact that she was now able to fit more furniture into the new house, her children were now able to do their school work in the comfort of their own rooms. “The house has more space and it has really changed a lot of things for us, and we can now proudly say we have a home since we received it,” said Moloi. “Considering where we are coming from, we cannot ask for anything better.” For 68-year-old Winnie Mokoena, the bigger house has meant that she can now invite family members to come visit her home. “I was very happy when I finally had a house of my own that is this big, it’s a dream come true for me and my children,” Mokoena said. Free State Rural Development MEC Mosebenzi Zwane told Zuma that authorities were in the process of attaining an electricity substation in the area to back the solar energy system, which in most cases is unable to meet the community’s energy needs. “The solar that is there can only cater for lighting; if people want to do other things they can’t, so we are attending to that, we are speaking to Eskom about it,” he said.Rural development programme Diyatalawa was identified as one of the pilot sites in the province for the government’s nationwide Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP). Other projects in the area include poultry and cattle farming, which the authorities hope will help alleviate the effects of unemployment and underdevelopment. On Tuesday, Zuma also assessed work done on graveling access roads, and progress in the construction of a new school, creche and multi-purpose centre. “We are happy that some progress has been made in most of the projects we visited today, and I can tell you we visited many of them,” Zuma later told a community gathering. “We are here not only to monitor service delivery but also to see what is working and what is not working and where we can improve … But as government we want to hear from you, because for us to improve we have to take suggestions from you.” Zuma said the government saw the growth of the rural economy as crucial to curbing poverty in South Africa. “Development has to take place everywhere, not only in the cities, so this is one of our priorities as government.” Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said communities needed to take control of the projects, with the state only needing to play a facilitator role. “We are here to say, look, the government can do this for you and assist you there, but in the process this is what you as a community can do to help yourselves with the resources we are providing,” he said. Nkwinti said officials from his department would be meeting with emerging farmers in the area of Harrismith with the aim of skilling them with the necessary knowledge to venture into commercial farming. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Why Independent Film Festivals Matter Now More Than Ever

first_imgAs the film industry continues to grow, indie film festivals are becoming essential for up-and-coming filmmakers.Cover image via D Magazine (Bret Redman).Indie film festivals — historically fringe territory for filmmakers outside of the mainstream — are now becoming a hotbed for up-and-coming filmmakers looking to develop their craft, make connections, and launch their brands.Using the Oak Cliff Film Festival, a fast-growing indie fest hosted around the historic Texas Theatre in Dallas, Texas, as an example, let’s explore how filmmakers are using these festivals for everything from audience testing, to networking opportunities, to even de facto theatrical runs.Filmmaking ConnectionsImage via D Magazine (Bret Redman).Film festivals, at their core, bring people together to watch films. Quite a concept, I know, but as films are gradually moving away from theaters and toward online streaming, finding opportunities to sit, watch a film, and chat with other enthusiasts at real screenings are becoming more rare.The indie film industry is built on collaboration. If you’re not actively involved with a community and helping friends on their projects (as much as others help you on yours), film festivals are the perfect place to meet some fellow contributors.Test Audience ReactionsDavid Lowery screening A Ghost Story for audiences at the OCFF — image via Clayton Browning.Indie films, unlike the majority of their blockbuster counterparts, do not often get the luxury of multiple rounds of audience test screenings. Instead, indie filmmakers most often rely on screenings for feedback and audience reactions.Film festivals are a great place for filmmakers to screen a project for hundreds of people, whom they can actively engage before and after. It’s not uncommon for films to go through a festival run only to get re-cut (or sometimes even re-shot) based on critical feedback from crowds.The Allure of LaurelsDirectors Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund winning the Narrative Feature — Grand Jury Prize for their film La Barracuda — image via OCFF.While this may be a point of contention, screening at film festivals puts your film in front of new people, and it brings your project a stamp of approval.In addition to laurels for screening, film festivals give out plenty of awards for achievements in everything from directing, to cinematography, to breakout performances. Many even include cash prizes or sponsorships.De Facto Theatrical RunsImage via OCFF.In many cases, films that screen at indie film festivals may very well be the local public’s only opportunity to see these movies on the big screen. While some may go on to major theatrical runs, the majority will screen sporadically in select cities before finding a home online — whether it’s through Netflix, Amazon, or some more indie-focused online channel.For films caught between major theatrical runs and their pending online VOD distribution, a tour of indie film festivals across the country becomes the de facto theatrical release, which offers one-off chances for fans to see the film and engage with other fans and the filmmakers.Community EngagementEric Hatch speaking at the OCFF awards ceremony at Small Brewpub in Oak Cliff.Film festivals also give filmmakers a chance to engage with local communities and develop connections. Festivals usually have deep roots in the communities that host them. From outdoor screenings, to daytime workshops, to trips to nearby restaurants — attending film festivals gives filmmakers a great opportunity to engage the community and the filmmakers who support it.For a full recap of the 2017 Oak Cliff Film Festival, you can go to their website or Facebook page — or check out their video recap below. What are your thoughts on the indie film festival scene? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Jaish attack on BSF camp leaves soldier, 3 ultras dead

first_imgThree militants of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) and an Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) were killed in a nine-hour gunfight in a heavily fortified BSF camp near the airport here on Tuesday.The “heavily armed” and “highly trained” militants of the JeM suicide squad, named after Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru, stormed the camp at Humhama at 4.15 a.m. “The fidayeen [suicide] attack was repulsed. All three militants were killed,” said Muneer Khan, Inspector-General of Police, Kashmir.The ASI killed was Braj Kishore Yadav, 50.Airport not a targetMr. Khan said the Srinagar airport was not the main target of militants. The gates of the airport, which has four-tier security in place, are just metres away from the BSF camp. “Only one flight was delayed or cancelled, and the rest operated normally,” Mr. Khan said. However, no flight was allowed to land in Srinagar during the first six hours of the gunfight.There are four layers of security in the area as it has BSF and CRPF training camps and the complexes of the J&K Light Infantry and the IAF. Mr. Khan said such attacks would continue “as long as Pakistan is our neighbour.” “The JeM believes in fidayeen attacks. We will have to deal with them separately.” One worker who helped the militants reach the camp was identified, the police said.Sources in the counter-insurgency cell said the militants spread out as they mounted the attack.“One tried to enter the camp through the main entrance, lobbing grenades, while two others cut the barbed wires to reach the premises and stormed a concrete block,” a police officer said.The body of Braj Kishore Yadav, assistant sub-inspector of the BSF, was found in the complex occupied by two militants. “Four BSF jawans were also injured,” Mr. Khan said.Security forces used high-calibre shelling to flush out the militants. The third militant was smoked out and “jumped from the complex around 2 p.m.”Sources said the JeM wanted the attack to be staged on the first anniversary of the surgical strikes carried out by India in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29 last year. Two groups of militants were sent for the attack — one through the Poonch route in Jammu and the other through the Uri route in Kashmir, they said.last_img read more