At its best, technology is a tool that can be harnessed for the good of society.
One prime example of someone putting this principle into practise is Koketso Moeti, who founded amandla.mobi and has received international recognition for her work.
The social justice platform uses the cellphone to connect people who want to hold political and corporate interests to account.
On Weekend Breakfast, Refiloe Mpakanyane asks the activist about her childhood in North West and how that influenced her current path.
Moeti says that in the face of evictions and poverty, she was surrounded by people who acted collectively to help each other.
You really saw people rally together in very meaningful ways to enable others to go forward.— Koketso Moeti, Founder - amandla.mobi
Moeti says since then, her work has always intersected with people's actions, communication and governance.
Fast forward later, you find yourself in a space where, throughout history, technology has always shifted... With me it was the mobile device. Through the mobile device one could access the internet, could write about what was going on, bring to the fore issues that are often ignored and co-ordinate strategic actions.— Koketso Moeti, Founder - amandla.mobi
How does one use it (technology) in service of the vision of the South Africa one wants to be in. How do we use it to co-ordinate that strategic action to change our life in meaningful ways.— Koketso Moeti, Founder - amandla.mobi
Moeti does make the point, however, that as much as technology is a valuable tool in making a difference, it does not replace people.
She says it's her comrades past and present who are her rejuvenation.
I've always had the right people in my life at any given time - people who offered a community of support, people who offered a community of learning but most importantly, people who held me accountable.— Koketso Moeti, Founder - amandla.mobi
Part of this space is not just 'we know what's wrong with the world' - one of the most amazing lessons that I've taken from many different comrades is that staying true to vision and purpose and thinking of the future that you want, is a very fulfilling thing.— Koketso Moeti, Founder - amandla.mobi
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