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Mobile Services into Africa

This weekend was another great milestone for the team at RLabs and JamiiX as we partnered with MXit to expand our mobile services into other parts of Africa. The mobile services being offered includes the Angel service and theJamiiX mobile counselling support services.

This partnership will now see the RLabs mobile services not only supporting South African mobile users but will also reach countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Nigeria and Mauritius. We are excited about this partnership and looking forward to seeing the lives of people being transformed through the use of mobile phones.


Inside at the MXit API Launch

This morning we were sitting in Stellenbosch at the MXit API Launch. After arriving, registering and having a cup of coffee we were set for the morning. Lots of people were taking photos and I assume they are from the media. There were also the MXit team wearing their T-Shirts with an “M” on it and were all ready to help and make you feel pretty welcome.

Now MXit as we know it has had loads of publicity both good and very bad and others just really bad. The Ceo Hermantells us that publicity is always good forMXit.

I must admit that listening to Herman speak you cant help but be impressed with their vision and values on creating products to service its own community. Users don’t have to leave the MXit world. There is a wealth of apps inside this world that exposes the user to various possibilities that they don’t have access to elsewhere at such a low low or no cost to the user. The only costs the users will have to incur is the data charges attached to their mobile handsets.

Next up was the explanation of how by opening up its API, MXit is welcoming everyone to join in in developing apps or games to enhance the users experience on MXit.

To become a partner with MXit you can register on:

Important to note is that in the process of partnering with MXit:
- Your IP will always be owned by you
- Your revenue share will will include 70% of Moola generated
- Another way to generate revenue is to run link in with the advertisement

A few basic benefits of MXit:
Free messaging
Instant messaging
Data costs insignificant
Presence and status
Multi-group communication
Muti-media enabled
Location based info is available
Extensive user information available
Viral effect and social networking

The future of Mxit:
Enhance API
Multi-player games
Trading platform
CRM using MXit
Closer TV and radio interaction
New forms of mobile advertising
Create multiple sub-communities on MXit
User pills and market research
Social development in Africa
Location based services (LBS)

The official press release can be read here.

Meeting at Mxit

Here is only one of the departments within Mxit

On Friday Dean, Craig and myself headed out Stellenbosch for a meeting with Glenn Alexander from the Mxit staff. Our meeting was held at the Mxit premises and what beautiful offices they have. I was always curious as to what goes on at Mxit and all I can say is that it looked very geeky when I walked in there, FTW. There were guys…And ladies sitting at their work stations, each with two screens (monitors) in front of them, coding and typing away. This was quite impressive to watch.

We met with Glenn as he has heard about our JamiiX application that we are using for our online counselling and wanted to know he could use it for an up and coming project for mxit that he will be heading up. We presented it to him and did a live demo for him. He was impressed with it and will be using JamiiX for his new project. That is all I can say for now.

After our meeting we got a tour of the offices and were shown each department and what they are responsible for. We were also then taken to the “loot” in Glenn’s office where he gave us some cool t- shirts and mxit badges. Not much I can reveal to you guys now and just to say that we had an awesome time at Mxit and thank you Glenn for the tour.

"The Loot"

10 Days of Sex, Drugs, MXit and ISLabs

Source: Marlon Parker


Today marked the 10th day since we’ve moved our Drug Advice Support (DAS) service over to JamiiX in collaboration with MXit. It was also an opportunity for JamiiX to test out its new Virtual Machines provided by our hosting partnerISLabs. The partnership with ISLabs really brought much better performance to the DAS service therefore allowing us to enhance the support to people in need. Over the past ten days the service had an average of 8 counsellors available for each session (3 hours a day) with each taking care of 49 conversations during such a session. This collaboration with MXit and ISLabs not only provided us the opportunity to increase our support numbers but also allowed us to expand on functionallity of the JamiiX innovation. Although we still have some ground to make, we are enjoying this journey of making a difference in the lives of thousands thanks to the RLabs and Impact Direct counsellors (See image), MXit and ISLabs we were able to achieve the following in ten days:

Number of Conversations: 3953

Number of Messages: 22731

Over the next few weeks we will be introducing a number of social services being launched on the JamiiX platform in South Africa and in other parts of the world. Special thanks to MXit, RLabs, ISLabs and Impact Direct for impacting lives for good.

Drug Advice and Support Services. #RLABS

This last week has been very fruitful in terms of our online counselling service that RLABS are currently running. We have put our counselling contact on Mxit and had had so many people adding the contact.

Here are the stats for the week:

21 June 2010

Conversations   : 385

Messages:  2867

22 June 2010

Conversations:  248

Messages: 1157

23 June 2010

Conversations: 354

Messages: 2583

24 June 2010

Conversation: 2986

Messages: 1047

During this week we had some serious cases ranging from rape, child abuse and also substance abuse. These are but some of the cases our counsellors were faced with. This service started out by providing advice for drug addicts at their finger tips, but we have gotten so much other cases and we see where best can assist. We have a committed team that does this because they love to help people and do not get paid for their time they offer. Thank you so much everyone for their time and sacrifice. It is definitely paying off and so many been helped through your sacrifice.

God bless

“The Art of Mobile Counselling” Workshop:Day 2

Day 2 of the training started off with a bang!The praticipants had to bring in their homework that was given to them by Clinton.This was quite fun as some of these participants was not familiar with the chat lingo the kids use on mxit.So they basically had to go out and do some research and asks kids in their area for some words for their homework.

Here are some of the chat-lingo words the participants brought back as part of their homework:

watching t.v – wtv

listening to music – l2m

never mind – nvm

later – l8er

These are only but some of the words they brought back and well done to them for the great research they done.Some of them said it was not easy as most of the words they got from the kids has swearing content in them.


One of the participants giving feedback on thee homework he got.

Next up was Craig Ross.He session was “Introduction To The System”. He basically introduced the participants to the system that they will be doing the counseling from.This session took some time as we had to get everyone signed onto the system and then they had to take turns in working on the system and getting the hang of it.We had half of them in one room(they acted as the users seeking help) chatting from gtalk.The rest was in another room(The Lab) chatting  as counselors on the system.This went well as everyone had a chance to be the victim(user) and then the rescuer(counselor) as well.


This is Craig Ross doing his presentation "Introduction To The Sytem"

The introduction To The System took most of the day.We had a activity (ice breaker) after that just to get the juices of the participants flowing.And then i did an overview of day two.I also gave the participants some more homework.Those who did not have mxit on their mobiles was to go home and download it from the internet from their mobiles and then install and register to mxit.


Some of the participants doing their activity (ice breaker)

Stay tuned to see how it unfolds………


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