Marlon Parker, an information technology lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, has initiated a drug rehabilitation programme using the mobile instant messaging platform, Mxit.
The programme, which has been running for the past seven months, is aimed at using technology to empower underprivileged communities in areas affected by poverty, unemployment, drugs and gangsterism. Initially focused on the Cape Flats region and it is now spread as far as the Eastern Cape.
Sufficient resources however, pose a challenge. “Currently we don't have computers; we're using three computers at the NGO. Sometimes when it's really flooded with people's requests, we have to borrow laptops from people we know just so we can get online. We don't have any funding, we don't have any facilities”, says Parker.
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