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RLabs and She’s The Geek Win at SA Blog Awards

Last night the RLabs team had the honour of being one of the finalists at the South African Blog Awards held at theOne and Only Hotel in Cape Town. The event brought a wide range of bloggers, media personalities and other key people together to celebrate not just those who have been nominated as finalists but everyone who are making the online space a better place to be. So RLabs and one of its Start-ups She’s The Geek that included Best Group Blog (RLabs)Best Company Blog (RLabs) and Best Science and Technology Blog (She’s The Geek).

It came as a great surprise and much joy when we won all the awards we were nominated for and more so knowing that all the hard work and sacrifice by the people involved are finally being rewarded. These three awards we therefore dedicate to those in our communities who’ve decided to not let their circumstances silence their voices of hope. For the rest of the winners of the SA Blog Awards visit the list of winners 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"

Have not done it in a while.

Here something I have not done in a long time. After our meeting on Tuesday while we were waiting on our transport to pick us up we decided that we would travel back to the RLABS office via public transport. I cant remember the last time that I have done this. It was not as bad as I remember it lol. Was quite nice to just sit back for once and enjoy the ride. I should really do this more often,hop in a bus and enjoy the ride.

Wii all stand together

Who said that you are too old to learn?We have learnt so much from our seniors, and many things they have imparted in our lives while we were growing up. And now it is time to give back and teach them what we have learned.  Today Michael did a session with our seniors from our community. He set up the Wii console for them and had them play tennis etc as a form of exercise and a way to stimulate their brains. The seniors had a blast and at the same time ha a workout without them realising it lol.

This is just one of our ways that we utilise technology and a way to give back to our community. It is important that we look after our seniors as they have been praying for us and caring for us over the years. We will be having more Wii sessions with them as time goes on and also look at how we can introduce them to Social Media.

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.

Arthur Charles Van Wyk visits RLABS

On Thursday while  I was sitting in a strategic planning meeting my colleague, Clinton shows me a update on Facebook that Arthur Charles Van Wyk will be coming to Cape Town soon. I met Arthur on the Social Media scene and we have since been following each other’s updates.

One thing I did not know about Arthur (and embarrassed to admit this) is that he is originally from the Cape Flats (Cape Town). He grew up in one of the neighbouring communities. Arthur is  a Brand Evangelist, Blogging Coach and Change Agent whose aim it is to help people and companies navigate and make sense of the digital marketplace that the the internet enables.

Arthur took some time out of his busy schedule to come and do a talk with our moms during the Mom 3.0 session. He encouraged them and told them how Social Media has changed his life. There was so more I learned about him, things I did not know. He has an awesome testimony and told us how he made the choice to get out of the reckless lifestyle he was living as a young man.

I want thank Arthur for taking the time out and gracing the moms and the rest of the RLABS team with his presence. We were truly blessed and have learned so much from him. You can read more about him on his blog, Jack Of All Trades

A Saturday Morning At #RLab

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This was an interesting day for MadamGeek at the RLabs office.

First thing this morning from 9 – 11am, Marlon Parker and Chantel Erfort ran their weekly Citizen Journalism session called ImoJourn here at RLabs. They have been running these weekly sessions since March 2010. This is a collaboration between RLabs and Cape Community Newspapers to bring Mobile Journalism to the community have been going well with the last few weeks having a focus on technologies such as TwitterFacebook and blogging to share stories via their mobile phones. The learners from 3 high schools in Cape Town have been taught some basic journalism skills the first few months ranging from writing, editing, ethics to photography. The sessions are focused on how the learners can use their mobile phones to share stories in real time using available technologies such as Social Networking tools.

She’s the GeekMadam GeekKingrossBrent’s JourneyTerence and the RLabs team came together today to host the Mom3.0 Cafe Session as part of RLabs Social Media for Social Change training. At 10am the Mom3.0 Cafe Session started with the continuation of the Speed Dating session on 19 June 2010. Today the moms played around with their facebook and twitter profiles and used online chats to communicate to some friends. And they added a bit of blogging to the session at the end.

We were honoured to have Mr. Arthur Charles van Wyk with us for a brief talk. Brent Williams invited Arthur to visit RLabs while he is in Cape Town. They met on Facebook and have been communicating via various social networks to set up the meeting. Arthur shared with the ladies his journey into the world of social media and how Social Media has changed his life. The women were in encouraged and felt inspired to continue blogging and contributing to the social media space. He says: “if you are not making a difference in someone elses life then what’s the use doing what you do?” This is exactly what RLabs is about, making a difference.

While the Mom3.0 Cafe Session was still in progress Etv’s Tech Report walked in. The team came to interview Marlon Parker on JamiiX. In the last interview on 17 June 2010, Tech Report interviewed: She’s the Geek and Craig Ross. Today they interviewed myself, Rene Parker and Brent Williams on the JamiiX service.

So after a busy morning and early afternoon, we called it a day and wrapped up! It seems that every week more exciting things are uncovered and we get to be part of it. Well done RLabs on a successful Saturday morning.

Eager To Learn More (Mom 3.0)

The Mom 3.0 classes is up and running in full swing again this Saturday. It is always good to see the progress the moms are making on the Social Media scene and how they are getting more and more comfortable with their laptops. There seems to be no stopping them now.

One of the moms that really caught my eye this morning was Zaaida Davids. She has given birth to a new born a couple of months ago, but that has not stopped her from attending the classes here at RLABS. She has come to the classes without fail, baby on arms now for the last couple of months.

This is how much the moms have got to love Social Media and eager to learn more. This takes me back to when I started out using social media and how I was excited and eager to learn more. Watch this space as the mom’s progress into becoming gurus in their own right. Keep up the good work moms.

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

Rlabs Supports Substance Abuse Week

In preparation for substance abuse week (which is this week) , Rlabs has teamed up with Mxit to bring drug advice and support to the tip of Mxit subscribers fingers. 28,000 plus subscribers added the Angel Information Service .Yesterday the team had to be ready as  they did not know how many people would come online seeking advice and support with their substance abuse problems.  Yesterday in a  3 hour service session the following statistics were achieved with 8 counsellors:

  • Number of Conversations: 385
  • Number of Messages: 2867
  • Average Conversation per counsellor 44

The technology we are using to manage the conversations is JamiiX



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