Monday, September 01, 2008

Popular chat service used to counsel addicts

By Mikhaila Crowie
1 September 2008


An IT Lecturer in Cape Town has started a drug counselling service, using the chat service Mxit.

Marlon Parker of Silvertown has been using Mxit to reach out to drug addicts. Parker is currently doing his PhD thesis on the use of technology to facilitate the community.

The controversial chat service boasts 8.6 million users across South Africa.

Parkers and a team of 6 counsellors at the Impact Centre in Bridgetwon approached a school about the possibility of having a counselling service on Mxit.

Parker, an IT lecturer at The Cape Peninsula University of Technology, said the service and counselling is offered as far as Delft and Atlantis.

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