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 Parker to become a social entrepreneur.

Parker, who has a master’s degree in information technology (cum laude) and is now working on his PhD at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where he lectures in information technology, uses technology to strengthen the community.

About three years ago, in partnership with a community organisation, Impact Direct, he started up an organisation called Reconstructed Living Labs (Rlabs) in order to “reconstruct communities through innovation”. Rlabs uses social media to help community members affected by substance abuse and gang violence to tell their stories, and use those stories to “share hope with other people out there”.

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