PR 2.0 Blogging Workshop with Marlon Parker's Team

Tomorrow, I am training a team of loyal drug counsellors from Impact Direct Ministries on how to use blogging to get themselves onto television, radio, newspapers or magazines – all things I have done because of my blogging. They are learning fast and furiously about technology from Marlon Parker, senior lecturer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Marlon is a Ph.D candidate who is doing his thesis on how technology can be used for social change and conflict management.

Marlon Parker personally trains recovered and reformed drug addicts from the Cape Flats on how to use technology like MXit to do a form of peer-counselling using South Africa’s #1 cellphone-based IM and social network. After meeting Brent Williams, one of the drug counsellors, who came to 3rd annual Digital Citizen Indaba and Highway Africa this year, I resolved to use all the resource to assist them.

Marlon Parker’s work is ground breaking in a global sense. However, the facts speak for themselves because he is doing this with ZERO budget! Yes, he is doing this with sheer willpower and determinations and no corporate or government funding! He is doing what the MXit (Pty) Ltd even with allmighty Naspers Ltd behind it, has not been able to deliver after two years of promises. This MXit/Facebook/cellphone-based online counselling project is helping hundreds of children from the Western Cape to find their way on their own personal hero’s journey.

With your assistance we can reach half of the approximately 9 million users by 2010. The more children we help, the more families we assist, the stronger the communities become in self reliance and mutual aid across South Africa.


Author: RJ Thomas

RJ Thomas is an International Relationship Builder. He was born in South Africa, and moved to China in 2013.

  • Hi Ramon

    Thank you for your input with the Reconstruction project and after this PR 2.0 workshop we definitely excited to take the work that we’ve been doing to the next level. I do believe that with the increase availability and accessibily to various technologies through mobile phones that we are able to reach those who have been crying out for help but who’s voices have been unheard all this time.

    We are looking forward to hosting you again in Cape Town and many thanks to you and the NETucation team.

  • What would a blogging training session entail?

  • Godfrey Rudolph

    Hi Ramon

    I am also interested to do for my community what Marlon Parker and his team are doing.
    What do I have to do, what do I need and where does one start.

    Please advise

  • Hi Godfrey I recommend you contact Marlon Parker via his Facebook or Twitter profiles. Otherwise contact me through this blog and I will give you his cellphone number.

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