Marlon Parker joins MXit, focuses on social democracy

Social network, MXit intends on expanding its social development programmes with the help of new hire, Marlon Parker.

By - April 4, 2012
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Marlon Parker, founder of Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) and social change and e-democracy campaigner, has joined MXit to head up its social impact vehicle, MXit Reach.

Parker is globally recognised for his work in developing mobile and PC-based programmes that assist governments, NGOs and communities to help people live better lives.

“All my life, I’ve wanted to be part of an organisation that has access to the type of technology and broad split of community that will allow us to affect the biggest change. [MXit] provides a unique opportunity to extend the good work that we are doing,” says Parker.

“Every time I speak at an international conference, there is talk about how other countries can help Africa.  I think that MXit Reach has the potential to allow Africa to help Africa, which is really exciting.”

MXit Reach already offers a number of social impact tools.  One such programme is a portal on MXit where young adults receive counselling for drug and substance abuse, physical or mental abuse, dept management, depression and general counselling.

This platform was built and managed by Marlon and the team at RLabs in the past.

Other initiatives that fall within MXit Reach are:

  • A South African curriculum based learning platforms that provides maths and science learners with CSIR-approved tutors, subject material and quizzes;
  • A smart citizen platform that simplifies youth rights and promotes their responsibility in creating the future of South Africa;
  • A platform that helps people in Indonesia find safe hospitals, meeting points and help during natural disasters;
  • And a number of research-based projects that highlight the concerns of young adults in South Africa.

The list of governments, organisations and NGOs that MXit already works includes the World Health Organisation, UN, Unicef, Harvard University, the Department of Basic Education, Department of Energy, and the US Presidency.

“We are very lucky and humbled to have [Parker] join our team,” said MXit CEO, Alan Knott-Craig.  “For some of us, the potential to have a positive impact on our community is the reason we get out of bed. MXit Reach is truly a platform built by Africans, for Africa – and Marlon is the best man in the world to take it to the next level.”

MXit was acquired by the investment company, World of Avatar in September 2011.

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