16 September 2011The Department of Social Development has provided nearly 5 000 scholarships to students to pursue social work studies at various universities around the country.The move comes at a time when experts say the demand for educated social workers far outstrips the number of graduates and the existing pool of professionals in South Africa.University of Cape Town Professor Viviene Taylor said that some estimates projected that the country needed 55 000 educated social workers.“South Africa’s social and economic context is characterised by a youthful population, high unemployment, chronic poverty and high levels of violence against women and children, rising substance abuse and the devastating impacts of HIV/Aids,” Taylor said.“We need innovative ways of responding to both the supply of social workers and to the increasing social disintegration that exists in the most deprived communities in South Africa.”Workers needed in rural areasIn a recent written reply in Parliament, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini said they were encouraging high school learners in rural areas to apply for the scholarship programme in order to address shortages there.In April, before her budget vote speech in Parliament, the minister decried the shortage of social workers in the country. At the time, she said she would call back retired social workers to assist the younger generation.In her reply, Dlamini said her department would continue recruiting retired social workers as well as implementing the Recruitment and Retention of Social Workers programme that was developed in 2004.The department would intensify the “recruitment, training and employment of social workers and child and youth workers to deliver services that do not require intense professional social work intervention.”This would ease the burden of workload on social workers.Shortage of accredited service providersDlamini said there were 16 391 social workers employed in both government and non-government organisations across the country to address welfare needs of children as highlighted in the Children’s Act.These services, she said, ranged from prevention and treatment of substance abuse to crime prevention and HIV and Aids support.“Due to the skill shortage related to social workers, the majority of social workers does not specialise in services to children but are expected to provide generic social work to any clients that require services.“While it is acknowledged that there is demand to train more social auxiliary workers, there is, however, a shortage of accredited service providers responsible to train them,” Dlamini said.According to the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA), currently there are 21 accredited service providers, 50% of them in Gauteng province.The department, along with the SA Council for Social Services Profession (SACSSP) and universities, is working on plans to increase the number of accredited service providers.Source: BuaNews
Tapbots announced Wednesday that Netbot, their App.net client for iPhone and iPad, is now free “for an unspecified period of time.”The Tapbots App.net post announcing the Netbot sale says it’s “[I]n order to spur adoption of App.Net.” Netbot was born out of Tapbots’ beloved Twitter client, Tweetbot, and anyone who uses that app will quickly get used to Netbot. For those who haven’t used Tweetbot, just trust that Tapbots is a top-shelf iOS shop and makes apps that feel good and make sense. If you’ve wanted to try out App.net, this is the app with which to do it.In fact, it was when Tapbots announced their App.net client that much of the tech world started to take App.net seriously. App.net is betting that a paid-for social infrastructure will give rise to a vast field of great apps that have sustainable businesses. That plan needs buy-in from big-name developers.When Tapbots joined the service, things got interesting. The app caused a huge spike in attention when it first appeared for $4.99. But App.net’s adoption hasn’t been as swift as the Tapbots duo, programmer Paul Haddad and designer Mark Jardine, had hoped. As Haddad confirmed on Twitter, going free means that Tapbots stands to make more money from the App.net Developer Incentive Program, which doles out over $20,000 per month to ADN developers based on user satisfaction ratings. That must be a better deal than app sales at this point.But App.net announced this week that paid users will now get 10GB of cloud storage behind their accounts, which app developers can put to any use they can dream up. Not only does that mean more powerful applications can be built, it means that now App.net can build the same kind of freemium revenue model as services like Dropbox and Evernote use. If paying for the service gets you the storage space, App.net can give away the Twitter-like messaging features for free.Paid-only adoption of App.net hasn’t lived up to these bigtime developers’ expectations. But if the service becomes free for messaging-only users, that could easily change. jon mitchell The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Tags:#App.net#Tapbots Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
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