Wednesday, April 21, 2010
One of our papers titled "Improving the knowledge exchange landscape in the Cape Flats, a developing community in South Africa" published in the South African Journal of Information Management (SAJIM) explores the use of Web 2.0 services to ease the access to information by people living in a socially and economically deprived area. Even more barriers exist, namely that the community is affected by gangsterism and drugs. The article reports on an investigation into the use of Web 2.0 technologies to enhance the information flow within the community to assist preventing the growth and spread of gangsterism and the use of drugs among South African communities, especially those in the Cape Flats. The findings showed that, through the use of Web 2.0 technologies, interviewees (ex-gang members and ex-drug addicts) learnt to use, exchange and disseminate information that could be used to uplift their communities. This paper was based on the work at the Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs)and it is amazing to see how the team have developed since the time the paper was written.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Being part of the Innovation Fair hosted by the World Bank in Cape Town has proved to be a lifechanging experience for many of the RLabs team. RLabs has officially partnered with the World Bank to manage the Social Media activities for the event. Some of the tools utlised at the event included Ning (proved to be quite popular with delegates), Twitter (Micro-Blogging), Blogs and Facebook updates to name a few. You can read a post about the Top 10 tweets at the Innovation Fair here and below are a few other posts by the RLabs team:
- Brent's Journey: Day 1 of The Innovation Fair
- From The Balcony: RLabs partners with the World Bank
- She's the Geek: Innovators Panel 1 and 2
- King Ross
- Madam Geek
Follow #InnovFair on Twitter to follow and join the conversation.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
This morning Craig, Clinton and myself headed off to a meeting at Marlon Parker’s house with the director of the movie: “I Now Pronounce You Black and White”. Our meeting was however canceled and then we decided to head back to the RLABS office.
On our way back to the office we came across a horrific scene. We saw lots of police vans and cops standing in lower Klipfontein road. We approached what seemed to be a crime scene. As we did further investigation we discovered that two police officers has been shot by one of the new and upcoming gangs, The Playboys. I have heard previously by my ex gang members, that this gang is trying to make a statement and they should not be messed with.
Well they certainly got tongues wagging. The members in this particular gang are very young and are growing in numbers by the day. What has our country come to, when not even our cops are safe? Two members of the PlayBoy gang were in the park in the early hours of the morning and when the cops approached them they opened fire on them, critically injuring them. This took place about 5 minutes drive from where I live.
Thank God that I am no longer caught up in this madness but I am however praying without ceasing for those still caught up in gangstersim and violence. My heart goes out to the families of the cops who was critically injured in this incident. I pray that the peace of God will be with them.
This last past Saturday the ladies from the mom3.0 class enjoyed a breakfast at Maxi’s restaurant as part of their excursion. The ladies have class every second week in the RLABS space. The moment was captured on camera and in the next class the ladies will be posting these pics up on facebook and blogging about the moment.
We were also joined by Dr. Gary Wills and Mike Santer from the U.K that was doing interviews with the ladies. A special thanks to Maxi’s in Vangate Mall for availing the restaurant for the moms. This was the 1st of many excursions to come.Stay tuned to see the progress of these moms as they set the
The World Bank is hosting the Innovation Fair in Cape Town this week and approached RLabs (Thanks to Rafiq from Webaddicts) to come on board as their Social Media partner. These activities will be done via the Social Media Factory a RLabs inititiave. This is definitely more barriers being broken by the RLabs team who are all community members who were reconstructed through technology. This is another milestone as the RLabs community are planning to grow the activities to the Eastern Cape, United Kingdom, Namibia and South-East Asia this year.
Monday, April 12, 2010
On Saturday I got to view Cape Town Stadium and watch the Live game between South Africa and Nigeria under 20 Internation Challenge.
While looking around the Stadium the thought that stuck with me was Magical, they pulled out all the stops.
Beautiful Stadium, High tech equipment had me excited, the Sound was clear, Tv monitors brilliant .
Below I have a few pics so you can preview the Magic that awaits the Nations in less than 60 days
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Mike Santer, a businessman from the UK, greeted the church and gave his blessings from abroad and then he asked the church to pray for Southampton and the church in the U.K. He had a video camera that he used to record us praying for the church in Southampton.
Gary Wills, an IT lecturer from the UK, will be bringing the word to our Church.
Reading from Matthew 13 vs 53-54: “When Jesus had finished these parables, he moved on from there. Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?" they asked.”
Good morning, today we are blessed to have Dr Gary Wills and Mike Santer from the UK, as well Hou Jian and His family.
Hou Jian was a Buddhist, when arriving in Cape Town, to learn English and study more than 7 years ago. He was invited to a church service by Craig Dumont, a friend from University. Hou Jian however was reluctant, because in China it is believed when people lay hands on you, in prayer, you will die. He then decided to come to the service, and was touched by God in a Mighty way.
One evening at Impact Direct’s office while praying over Hou Jian, Pastor Roger Peterson got a word of God that Hou Jian will lead his family to Christ over the telephone. Hou Jian’s mother who had heard of his conversion to Christianity, was afraid that he would die, went to a Buddhist monk, to pray for her son, the Buddhist monk then told her that her son was at a safe place and told her about a gray haired man that is looking after her son and that he is at a safer place than he has ever been, that put her at ease.
Hou Jian then led his mother to the Lord over the telephone, along with his entire household.
They had planted many churches in China, even building a church in a poor village, with over 2000 members.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
About 10-15 seconds after I pulled off I just heard this big bang,an accident just happend.Im not saying that it had to be me,I just know that it would have taken place about the same time it wud have taken me to get to the stop from where I pulled off.I emediately told my good friend what happend and then I went to go check ou the accident scene.I say,the hand of GOD covered me.143 JESUS
Last saterday morning I was in Pinelands(Cape Town) at the Parkers home.I had to go fetch an mini van and bring it to bridetown.I sat for a moment but not for long because I wanted to get back home.So I was on my way,at the same time I was engaging in an conversation with an friend over mxit and at that time I had to answer,so I pulled off to the side of the road about 100m from an intersection.