Month: June 2010

RLabs and MXit launches LIVE Drug Counselling Portal

RLabs and MXit launches LIVE Drug Counselling Portal

As the drug awareness week draws to a close, many people and families will still be facing the battle against addiction. Thanks to a partnership between MXit and RLabs offering youth access to 24 hour information via the Angel service and LIVE drug counselling via the Drug Advice Support initiative on JamiiX thousands of lives …

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JamiiX provide Virtual Support Centre for Drug Awareness Week

JamiiX provide Virtual Support Centre for Drug Awareness Week

The collaboration platform Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) has created a live counselling portal, JamiiX, on mobile social network MXit called ‘Angel’. According to RLabs, the portal is for South African youth in need of substance abuse counselling, and is being released in conjunction with Drug Awareness Week (21 to 27 June). Currently Angel have over …

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More than 130,000 reached for Social Change via Mobile Phones

More than 130,000 reached for Social Change via Mobile Phones

With the celebration of drug awareness week in conjunction with MXit, RLabs increased its counsellor capacity and had a massive growth in the Angel user numbers. Angel is an information portal providing support to users in the areas of substance abuse, abuse, depression, stress and coping. Today the Angel information service passed the 40,000 subscriber …

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Drug Advice Support Counselling via MXit

Drug Advice Support Counselling via MXit

This week is sustance abuse week and RLabs have partnered with MXit to bring a LIVE counselling support service to the 28,000 plus subscribers to our Angel Information Service. Today in our 3 hour service the following statistics were achieved with 8 counsellors: – Number of Conversations: 385 – Number of Messages: 2867 – Average …

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More than 23,000 for Angel on MXit

More than 23,000 for Angel on MXit

Another exciting project that RLabs have been involved in has been the Angel on MXit project where we offer people support and advice in the areas of substance abuse, abuse, depression, debt counselling,stress and coping via their mobile phones. This partnership with MXit Lifestyle will allow us to scale our services and also provide much …

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Mobile Journalism at RLabs

Mobile Journalism at RLabs

The collaboration between RLabs and Cape Community Newspapers to bring Mobile Journalism to the community have been going well with the last few weeks having a focus on technologies such as Twitter, Facebook and blogging to share stories via their mobile phones. The learners from 3 high schools in Cape Town have been taught some …

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DAS on JamiiX

DAS on JamiiX

After an exciting week of preparing for the JamiiX launch we are now in the process of migating our mobile counselling services over to JamiiX (See Image: DAS counsellor practising on JamiiX). The first service to move over will be our 3 year old Drug Advice Support service boasting a current total of 15,000 subscribers …

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Featured in De Pers in Netherlands

Featured in De Pers in Netherlands

The RLabs mobile counselling service and our JamiiX technology featured in the Netherlands daily paper – De Pers. You can read the article below (in Dutch): “Vanuit een gebouwtje in de Cape Flats, een arm gedeelte van Cape Town dat gecontroleerd wordt door gangs, chatten hulpverleners – noem ze helpchatters – elke dag met jongeren. …

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Mail and Guardian Top 200

Mail and Guardian Top 200

This week I was very honoured to be nominated again as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young People in South Africa. The article below can also be read online: “Awareness of the number of people in his community — Silvertown on the Cape Flats — in need of social upliftment motivated Marlon …

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BBC Digital Planet at RLabs

BBC Digital Planet at RLabs

A few weeks ago we had the privilege of hosting the amazing team (Gareth Mitchell and Colin Grant) of BBC Digital Planet at RLabs. It was a real honour having them with us and for the hours they spent on the Cape Flats made a real impact on us. They did some interviews all over …

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