Delays in the payout system that caused bottlenecks were being identified to reduce claim processing time, director-general Nkosinathi Nhleko said in a speech delivered at a labour forum in Limpopo. The Department of Labour on Monday said it was looking to reduce the payout time of the Compensation Fund from 80 days to less than 10 days for deaths and injuries. 20 July 2011 Sapa The fund provides compensation for employees who get hurt at work, or sick from diseases contracted at work, or for death as a result of these injuries or diseases. The Compensation Fund is covered by the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act of 1993 and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Act of 1997. Nhleko, who took office in May, would be visiting provinces till August to get a measure of constraints on service delivery.
As social marketing continues to grow in importance for brands of all sizes, should businesses consider outsourcing social media tasks to offshore third parties? It might sound like a questionable idea to some, but doing so can decrease the costs of Facebook page management by as much as 60% , according to a post on All Facebook.In a guest post for the Facebook-focused blog, Adhvith Dhuddu, CEO of Bangalore-based social media agency AliveNow, makes the case that outsourcing is the way to go. While it’s not an altogether surprising call to action given his title, Dhuddu makes some valid points that are worth considering. Some Facebook page management tasks are more effectively outsourced than others, Dhuddu suggest. In particular, developing apps, writing content and uploading media to Facebook are things that could be handled by an offshore third party. What shouldn’t be outsourced are bigger picture tasks like creating a social media strategy for the brand. “A company in India, Vietnam or the Philippines, cannot and will not be able to assess your brand, what you stand for, your customers and your market, and therefore cannot help in coming up with a strategy for the brand on social media,” Dhuddu writes. Outsourcing May Cut Costs, But It Has LimitsOutsourcing social media tasks may prove cost effective for some companies, but it’s something that should probably be approached with caution. Not only should bigger, more strategic things be handled locally, but even some of the nitty gritty, day-to-day activities may be best handled internally or by a local agency. As you’ve likely heard a self-proclaimed expert or two say, social media is all about conversations. For brands, that means interacting with current and potential customers in real time. How that conversation transpires is often critical to the brand’s effectiveness both in social marketing and in drumming up actual business. For some smaller, local businesses, having somebody based in another country maintaining those conversations with customers may not be effective. Even if language and dialect differences are not an issue, there are often local sensibilities and market knowledge that only somebody living locally could have. The answer to the outsourcing question will of course vary depending on the type and size of the business, as well as its market and industry. We suspect that for many businesses, there are at least some tasks that could be outsourced, as long as doing so results a significant enough amount of cost savings. What do you think? Is outsourcing social media marketing a good way to save money or does it run the risk of alienating potential customers? Tags:#biz#tips 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… john paul titlow
Tags:#web#Weekly Wrap-ups Are IT Fears Holding Back Cloud Computing?As corporate IT workers adapt to the shifts towards decentralized, cloud-computing services in place of in-house technology assets, they have to be asking themselves: “Am I working myself out of a job?” This fear, justified or not, is one way to explain the persistent efforts of many enterprise IT departments to forego public cloud-computing services in order to maintain their own private-cloud systems. It may also offer insight into the hype around datacenter tools such as Hadoop, Cassandra and Pig. MoreHow Windows 8 Throws Computer Users Under the BusWhatever you think of Windows 8’s Metro interface on smartphones and tablets, Microsoft’s decision to force computer users to deal with Metro will needlessly alienate and confuse many of the company’s most loyal customers. It’s as if Apple suddenly required Mac users to rely on iOS instead of OS X. MoreMore Top Stories Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Twitter May Have the Edge in Online AdsFor all their popularity, social networks have turned out to be barren soil for advertisers. Facebook famously has 901 million users, but it only saw $4.12 in revenue from each of them last year. Twitter has taken even longer to implement a business plan for monetizing its 140 million users. But as it reveals its strategy, it’s starting to look like it may have an edge over Facebook in selling ads online. MoreTop Trends of 2012: Video on TabletsOne in every ten tablet users views video content almost daily on their device, according to a new report by comScore. The study also found that tablet users are nearly three times more likely to watch video on their device compared to smartphone users. Nearly one in four smartphone owners now owns a tablet, according to comScore. That’s an increase of 13.9 percentage points since a year ago. More Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… robyn tippins Facebook Advertising Report: It’s the Fan Engagement, StupidThe ComScore report released Tuesday that propped up Facebook as a worthwhile avenue for advertisers to consider underscores what most social media observers have known for quite some time: Not all customers – and not all fans – of a company or brand are created equal. MoreApple’s Opportunity: Disrupt the Credit Card BusinessApple has never been shy about bringing change to complacent industries. Its products have reinvented music distribution, mobile phones and, with its new mapping app, GPS navigation devices in cars. It may be time for a new sector to sound the alarm: Apple appears to be maneuvering itself into position to challenge Visa and Mastercard like no company has before. More Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple’s Love/Hate Relationship With iOS JailbreakingAs developers converged on San Francisco to find out what’s next for Apple’s hardware and platforms, there was another discussion going on in the background: What does iOS 6 mean for the jailbreak community? Did Apple borrow any ideas this time? How soon will we see an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6? More5+ Ways Entrepreneurs are Different from Everyone ElseSuccessful entrepreneurs are really smart. Just look at Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, guys who could get a lobotomy and still do your math homework. But intelligence is not the defining characteristic of successful entrepreneurship. Instead, the secret is a more prosaic quality: good old-fashioned stick-to-itiveness. MoreQ: Why Does Microsoft Need Yammer? A: To Save SharePointMicrosoft is reportedly set to acquire the Yammer business social network for an estimated $1 billion. The deal would give a much-needed social network injection to its SharePoint business collaboration platform. Yammer – with an estimated valuation of $500 million – makes business-oriented social network tools for internal company sharing and discussion centered on blog posts and automatically generated content (such as notifications that a document is ready to edit or a sale has been closed). MoreReadWriteWeb ChannelsStart5+ Ways Entrepreneurs are Different from Everyone ElseStartup Talent Wars: Why You Can’t Be Like Steve Jobs 6 Skills Every Startup Team NeedsBizWhy Google’s Chromebox Is Better for Small Businesses Than Big CorporationsDell Sheds $2 Billion in Retreat From PC BusinessEnterpriseFollow ReadWriteEnterprise on Twitter.Q: Why Does Microsoft Need Yammer? A: To Save SharePointAre IT Fears Holding Back Cloud Computing?5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing Your Company’s Social Media Tools HackFollow ReadWriteHack on Twitter.The 6 Best Ways to Run Microsoft’s .NET in the Cloud MobileFollow ReadWriteMobile on Twitter.Nokia Versus Android: Death by a Thousand CutsApple’s Opportunity: Disrupt the Credit Card BusinessApple’s ‘647 Patent: What It Is and Why it’s Bad for the Mobile EcosystemReadWriteWeb CommunityYou can find ReadWriteWeb in many places on the web, a few of which are below.ReadWriteWeb on FacebookReadWriteWeb on TwitterReadWriteWeb on Google+ReadWriteWeb on LinkedInReadWriteWeb on PinterestSubscribe to the ReadWriteWeb Weekly Wrap-UpWant to have this wrap-up delivered to you automagically? You can subscribe to the Weekly Wrap-Up by RSS or by email. Brian Proffitt wonders if the resistance to cloud-based systems by IT departments is more about protecting companies or actually about protecting IT workers’ jobs. Fredric Paul explains how Windows 8 throws computer users under the bus. After the jump you’ll find more of this week’s top news stories on some of the key topics that are shaping the Web – Location, App Stores and Real-Time Web – plus highlights from some of our six channels. Read on for more. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Mobile computing has changed our world. With mobile devices in hand, we communicate differently, we interact differently, and we work differentlyOpens in a new window.What do employers consider to be the benefits of mobility in the workplace? This infographic points to the increase in worker productivity as the leading factor.For more information on enterprise mobility trends, check out the full infographic attached to this post!Did you know that when it comes to workplace mobility, users value location independence the most? Learn more in Intel’s study on Mobile Computing Trends!Join the conversation on Twitter by clicking on the hashtags below:#ITCenterOpens in a new window #EnterpriseMobilityOpens in a new window
Group AChennai Super KingsCountry: IndiaCaptain: MS DhoniWinners: IPL 2010Central Districts StagsCountry: New ZealandCaptain: Jamie HowWinners: HRV Cup 2009-10Victoria BushrangersCountry: AustraliaCaptain: David HusseyWinners: Big Bash 2009-10Wayamba ElevensCountry: Sri LankaCaptain: Jehan MubarakWinners: SL Domestic T20 2009-10WarriorsCountry: South AfricaCaptain: Davy JacobsWinners: Pro20 2009-10Group BMumbai IndiansCountry: IndiaCaptain: S TendulkarFinalists: IPL 2010Guyana Cricket BoardCountry: GuyanaCaptain: Ramnaresh SarwanWinners: Caribbean T20 2010Highveld LionsCountry: South AfricaCaptain: Alviro PetersenFinalists: Pro20 2009-10South Australia RedbacksCountry: AustraliaCaptain: Michael KlingerFinalists: Big Bash 2009-10Royal Challengers BangaloreCountry: IndiaCaptain: Anil Kumble3rd Place: IPL 2010