New unit to tackle corrupt officials

first_img2 December 2010 The South African government has launched a special unit to tackle corruption in the country’s public service by investigating suspected corrupt officials, improving lines for reporting wrong-doing, and protecting whistleblowers and witnesses. Launching the unit in Johannesburg last week, Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi said the unit would investigate officials with undisclosed business interests as well as official who did outside work without permission, who solicited bribes, or who received grants or benefits unlawfully. Baloyi said the unit would operate in collaboration with the police Special Investigative Unit, the Auditor-General, the Public Service Commission, and the National Treasury. Provincial anti-corruption units will also work hand-in-hand with the new unit, which is divided into three divisions to handle investigations, legal and disciplinary matters, and strategic information management. It will conduct, facilitate and coordinate the investigation of high-profile cases and, where necessary, refer investigation outcomes to the relevant authorities for further action. It will also oversee disciplinary proceedings in high-profile cases. “Our stance is zero tolerance on corruption,” Baloyi said, adding that rooting out corruption would lead in turn to a more efficient public service. Last month, the Public Service Commission recommended the establishment of an anti-corruption unit in the public service because non-compliance and a lack of coordination was hampering the fight against corruption in government departments. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Displaced foreigners successfully reintegrated into KwaZulu-Natal communities

first_imgThe people of Durban march to protest xenophobia and express solidarity with their fellow Africans, in the city centre on Thursday 16 April. (Image: KZN Online)The KwaZulu-Natal government and eThekwini Metro are satisfied that great progress is being made in reintegrating displaced foreign nationals in a number of areas affected in greater Durban and greater Pietermaritzburg.Chairperson of the joint KwaZulu-Natal government and eThekwini Metro task team charged with addressing issues around the reintegration, Willies Mchunu, today received positive reports indicating that some displaced foreign nations are being welcomed back in their communities.A task team, charged with mobilising affected communities to receive back the displaced, is working flat out to ensure that those displaced were accepted into communities where they were previously. This process is followed by intensive dialogues involving the leadership and the communities on the need for peaceful co-existence with their foreign counterparts.This morning the task team, made out to Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, eThekwini Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo, Social Development MEC Weziwe Thusi and eThekwini Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala, attended a meeting at the eThekwini Disaster Management Centre to assess the progress report on the overall issue of reintegration and efforts to stop attacks on foreign nationals.Reports tabled to the chairperson of the task team, who is also the MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, indicated that some previously displaced nationals spent Friday night at their homes and locals were on hand to ensure that their safety was guaranteed.A total of 1100 Malawian nationals were successfully reintegrated in ward 13 in Mariannhill and they spent the night at home without any incident.Also in ward 91 in Mpumalanga a number of previously displaced foreign nationals were successfully reintegrated. Further on, locals in Mpumalanga held a prayer meeting against the attacks on foreign nationals at the local Magaba Community Hall.This prayer meeting, was among others attended by local Councillors, KwaZulu-Natal Legislator Deputy Speaker, Dr Meshack Radebe, religious leaders, Nigerian and Pakistan national representatives from Pietermaritzburg.More meetings are taking place to facilitate the reintegration of displaced foreign nationals.Consultations to facilitate the peaceful return of displaced nationals with communities in all affected areas are currently underway.Reports received from Zululand District Municipality (Ophongolo, Abaqulusi in Vryheid, Ulundi and Nongoma) indicate that there were no attacks. Similar reports of no violence were received from Ugu District (Greater Port Shepstone) were received.“We are satisfied that great progress is being made to stabilise the province and for communities to welcome back previously displaced foreign nationals. These are indeed good news and we therefore urge all communities and their leaders to shift the focus to the peaceful reintegration of those that were previously displaced. We wish to thank and encourage those communities that have already welcomed back those who were displaced and ensure that there is peaceful co-existence with foreign nationals,” said Mchunu.Nxumalo echoed Mchunu’s sentiments, saying all efforts were now being directed to ensuring that displaced communities were being successfully reintegrated.“Our first priority now is the return of peace and stability in eThekwini metro and in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We are working flat out towards ensuring a peaceful reintegration and co-existence of our communities with their brothers and sisters from other African countries. In this regard we appeal for calm, tolerance and harmony in our interactions with foreign nationals,” said Nxumalo.We appeal to residents to refrain from posting unverified images on social media as these are perpetuating the false perception that foreign nationals are still being attacked and that the country is in turmoil.Government also thanks the community, non-government organisations, religious leaders and civic society groups who have donated food and clothes to the displaced.The government has expressed concerns at the role of criminal elements in the attacks and looting of the property belonging to foreign nationals.“We see these as pure acts of criminality. We warn those behind these that police will deal with them accordingly,” said Mchunu.Media contactsTozi Mthethwa 083 307 9067Thami Ngwenya 060 752 9881Gugu Mbonambi 079 751 4986Sipho Khumalo 082 682 6437last_img read more

LivingSocial Co-Founder Explains the Importance of the Pivot

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#tips audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting As one of the leaders in the group-buying space, LivingSocial has had a great year, ending the year with $175 million in investment from Amazon earlier this month. But like many success stories, LivingSocial didn’t suddenly spring up wholly formed. Indeed, the company has had to pivot several times before landing on their current form – and success.In the video below, LivingSocial co-founder and CTO Aaron Batalion talks about the company’s previous manifestations – consultants, Facebook app developers, and so on – and the principles that helped motivate the company to change direction like this.In 2009, LivingSocial acquired BuyYourFriendADrink, a company that ran on- and offline promotions that brought customers into bars for beverage companies’ product launches. One of the salespeople, walking from bar to bar to try to sell them on the product, recognized that there are other businesses that had similar needs. And so LivingSocial pivoted into the group-buying and daily deals space. Batalion speaks of “not being satiated” and so always being ready to change directions if need be. He stresses “lean startup” principles, quick iteration, and intre-preneurial rule (support the people inside your startup that have “really killer ideas”).The talk below was given at the Tech Cocktail Startup Mixology conference in October. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

3 Ways Deep Learning Can Help Your Sales Team Thrive

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Every salesperson wants an edge. Yet many are afraid of being edged out by AI, which makes them hesitant to embrace emerging tech. This is a big mistake, especially for high performers and superstar closers.Machine learning, specifically deep learning, fills in gaps that human intuition never could. Put to use across a team of eager sales pros, its innate advantages add a layer of intelligence to any crew’s knowledge base.But the only way to make deep learning an invisible member of your sales department is to get over the fear of a would-be takeover by robots.AI as an AllyInstead of viewing AI-related processes with disdain or distrust, salespeople should open their minds to how much of a game changer advancements like deep learning can be. Instead of replacing team members, deep learning frees up reps to focus on the tasks best suited to the human touch. As a tool, deep learning provides insights by spotting and naming patterns in millions of unstructured data points. Even the most brilliant salesperson could never achieve that kind of foresight.An MIT-published study found that more than three-quarters of companies surveyed have adopted machine learning to propel their sales growth. Such progressive companies rely on deep learning to sift through rafts of data to uncover everything from the right time to contact a prospect to signals about which leads are most qualified. This level of discernment would have been impossible just a few years ago. Now, it’s not only achievable — it’s available to companies of all sizes.AI in ActionWithout a doubt, AI-driven deep learning can help your sales reps scale up operations and realize their true potential. Start your journey into deep learning by leveraging technology to accomplish three goals:1. Prioritize your incoming prospects for more reliable lead qualification.How much time do your salespeople spend chasing poorly qualified leads? Deep learning bridges gaps in your sales pipeline by determining who is most likely to convert to the next stage in the sales funnel. Prior to AI, marketing teams could only predict which leads were hottest based on a few factors. Today, deep learning programs can not only score leads more effectively, but they can continuously self-educate to enhance those predictions through constant data aggregation and analysis. As McKinsey research shows, the fastest-growing sales organizations are those that depend on such sophisticated analytics.Excited at the prospect but worried about getting deep learning off the ground? There are plenty of systems on the market that can handle this type of deep learning, relieving you of the burden of creating one from the ground up. Kurt Schlimme, senior director and sales operations PMO at BroadSoft, says his team has been using Clari, a platform that uses automation and AI to increase a manager’s visibility into a salesperson’s pipeline. This changes the conversations between sales reps and team leaders from “Where are you with this lead?” to “How can I help you close the sale?”2. Improve forecasting and customer management.Give your salespeople a crystal ball — that is, the ability to intelligently forecast what will happen down the road by applying deep learning. Because deep learning “can make use of unstructured data across a variety of sources,” explains Greg McBeth, head of revenue at, “sales leaders can not only identify a good-fit potential customer, but also predict the possible deal size, deal cycles, and other insights.”In addition to predicting prospects’ future moves, deep learning can offer suggestions for smarter management of current customers based on historic account details. Understanding how best to nurture a client reduces the risk of attrition and boosts the likelihood of upsells, cross-sells, and other revenue-producing opportunities. By removing the fallibility of human hunches, deep learning’s constantly evolving neural networks allow for more dependable sales outcomes.3. Discover opportunities for personalized selling.Although clients may not react logically in all situations, they do react predictably if you drill down far enough into their past behaviors. Consequently, the secret to anticipating customer needs and moves is to capitalize on deep learning insights. Salesforce research tells us that 62 percent of outstanding sellers expect to use AI-guided selling themselves. They also anticipate that their competition will embrace deep learning for similar reasons, such as closing more deals and keeping client engagement high.Allowing a computer program to prioritize opportunities and make recommendations enables salespeople to act more and ponder less. For instance, Crystal uses AI to provide sales teams with personality profiles of everyone they meet. Then, Crystal leverages that data to supply email templates based on each lead’s personality. A tool like this can help your sales reps personalize their communication with customers while saving them time, as they’re no longer starting each email from square one. It also takes away much of the guesswork that comes with sales, improving confidence across the board.Does the idea of increasing your sales team’s efficiency sound appealing? It’s highly doable. Even your team’s technophobes can learn to embrace deep learning. And once they realize its benefits, they’ll wonder how they ever got along without this high-impact edge. Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#lead scoring#Machine Learning#personalized selling#sales#sales management#sales pipeline Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Related Posts last_img read more

Somdev jumps to career-best ranking

first_imgSomdev Devvarman jumped 30 places to reach career best singles ranking of 80 in the ATP charts following his stupendous show at the SA Tennis Open, where he ended runner-up on Sunday.Somdev DevvarmanSomdev lost the summit clash to local favourite Kevin Anderson but earned 150 ranking points, that helped him climb the ranking ladder up.Somdev had broken into top-100 in August last year but kept floating inside and outside that bracket in the next few months.Comeback boy Karan Rastogi is the next best Indian at number 328.Meanwhile the re-united partners Mahesh Bhupathi (5) and Leander Paes (6) kept their rankings intact in the doubles chart.In the WTA ranking, Sania Mirza’s ranking was unchanged in both singles (135) and doubles (66).Poojashree Venkatesha was second best ranked Indian at number 514, a gain of 20 position, in the singles chart.last_img read more

ISL 2019-20: Odisha FC to Play First Three Home Games in Pune Instead of Bhubaneswar

first_imgBhubaneswar: Debutants Odisha FC will be playing their first three home games of the Indian Super League in Pune owing to construction work at the city’s Kalinga Stadium.The franchise will play the matches against ATK, Bengaluru FC and Hyderabad FC on November 24, December 4 and 11 respectively at Pune’s Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex. Kalinga Stadium, which is owned by the Odisha Sports and Youth Services Department, is not ready as its upgradation work got delayed due to persistent showers in the state capital.As the venue is going to host the 2020 FIFA U-17 women’s World Cup, the state government is trying to ensure that the turf is in proper condition as per the FIFA guidelines. The stadium is expected to be ready before December 16.All other six games will go ahead as per schedule and informing about the same, Odisha FC owner Rohan Sharma said, “Unfortunately, things are beyond our control so we have to consider an alternative venue for the first three home games. We look forward to having Kalinga Stadium full when we have our eventual first home game. Bhubaneswarfootballindian footballindian super league First Published: November 9, 2019, 8:29 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more