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The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme.

Reconstructing communities

Award-winning social enterprise RLabs is reconstructing communities through innovation, technology and education.

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Established in the marginalised Cape Town community of Bridgetown in 2008, Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs) works to bring about social and economic change by equipping people with the skills needed to create their own economic opportunities.

“Many of the challenges facing communities in South Africa actually represent opportunities that can be turned into businesses and have the potential to create jobs for others,” says RLabs founder Marlon Parker.

This visionary decided to take on the challenges of drugs, gangsterism and unemployment on the Cape Flats by using innovative and disruptive technology to provide marginalised youth with vital skills, much-needed support, and a sense of hope and community.

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