SANGONeT has urged NGOs have been urged to use MXit, a mobile instant messenger and social networking software application that enables individuals to chat anywhere from a mobile phone or PC for free, in carrying out their work.
Speaking during the Johannesburg leg of the SANGONeT’s ‘ICT for Civil Society’ Conference in Johannesburg, Janine Moolman, editor of the NGO Pulse portal and manager for the civil society information programme at SANGONeT, together with Nicolle Beeby, SANGONeT’s programme assistant, gave an example of how an HIV/AIDS counsellor can use MXit to communicate with HIV/AIDS patients. Setting a live chat can enable a counsellor invite and offer counselling to a group of seven patients using MXit.
Moolman and Beeby believe that MXit can improve the standard of teaching in the country. They further say that through MXit, teachers can set up a live chat to enable them to continue teaching especially during the holidays or after hours.
They say contrary to the perception that MXit is for young people NGOs can integrate it into their work. They say users require a GPRS-enabled mobile phone to explore the world of MXit.
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