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MEDIA ADVISORY

05 December 2017

DEPUTY MINISTER MAKWETLA TO HAND OVER HOUSE TO 93-YEAR-OLD RESIDENT OF LUSIKISIKI

The Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Hon. Thabang Makwetla, will on 06 December 2017 visit Mzenge location in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, and handover a house to a 93 year old Ms Harriet Mfolozi, currently staying in a mud house with her unemployed 30 year old grandson.

A gesture of this nature is well in line with the nation-wide programme in the rehabilitation of inmates through offender skills whereby offenders are given an opportunity to correct their wrong doing by giving back to communities. Correctional Services is thus championing a focused offender rehabilitation and reintegration programme as a symbol of its commitment in creating a just society.

With the building material donated by various donors, the house in its entirety was constructed by inmates from Kokstad Management Area as part of its skills development programme.

Media is invited to join the Deputy Minister as follows:

Date : Wednesday, 06 December 2017 Venue : Mzenge Location, Lusikisiki Time : 12:00

We wish to request media attending to please confirm attendance by sending their details to Bafedile Mahlokwane at bafedile.mahlokwane@.za or 082 762 0628

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Issued by: Department of Correctional Services, Eastern Cape Region

Enquiries: Vuyolwethu Gadu on 079 804 4321.

MEDIA ADVISORY

Minister Masutha invites media to a Fundraising Gala Dinner for the Blind

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha will hold a fundraising gala dinner for the blind on Thursday, 30 November 2017 in Menyln, Pretoria.

The gala dinner is aimed to raise funds that will assist 22 special public schools for the blind in South Africa. Donations will help to improve library resources, learning devises and other facilities. Minister Masutha who is partially sighted himself completed both his primary and secondary studies at Siloe School for the Blind between 1972 and 1984, and went further to acquire two Law Degrees. He is familiar with the challenges and plight that the partially sighted and the blind encounter on daily basis more especially in studying.

The fundraising gala dinner is in partnership with the South African National Council for the Blind.

Media is invited as follows:

Date: Thursday, 30 November 2017

Venue: Fire and Ice Protea Hotel Menyln (Pretoria)

Time: 18h00

We wish to request media attending to please confirm attendance by sending their details to Singabakho.Nxumalo@.za or 079 523 5794.

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Enquiries, Adv. Mthunzi Mhaga on 083 641 8141.

MEDIA ADVISORY

TO: All Media

DATE: 23 November 2017

MINSTER MASUTHA TO OPEN A NEW LIBRARY FOR SILOE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha visit Siloe School for the Blind on Tuesday, 28 November 2017 to handover a learner library - built by inmates and parolees from the Thohoyandou and Polokwane Management Areas.

This fully fledged library is capacitated with IT-based assistive devices as well as reading material for the blind and partially sighted persons worth more than R1,2 million. It features a reading section and a computer lab equipped with adaptive technology for people living with sight impairments. This enterprise was supported by a number of collaborative partners in the private and civil sector.

The quality of workmanship will demonstrate the abundant expertise at the hands of offenders and parolees who receive training on different skills as part of their rehabilitation programmes. Through offender labour, Correctional Services aims to give offenders an opportunity to give back to communities by means of supporting developmental infrastructure projects and general maintenance work in schools and other public facilities.

Libraries are essential to the promotion of reading and almost critical to the improvement of literacy. Hence this library will also be used as a training centre for community members with visual impairments.

Members of the media are invited as follows: Date: Tuesday, 28 November 2017 Venue: Siloe School for the Blind, Thokgwaneng Village (Ga Chuene) Time: 07h30

We wish to request media attending to please confirm attendance by sending their details to Zandile Mabunda at zandile.mabunda@.za or 082 090 4734.

Issued by: Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services

Enquiries: Adv. Mthunzi Mhaga ? 083 641 8141

MEDIA ADVISORY

20 October 2017

Lifers and maximum offenders to battle it out at St Albans Correctional Centre

The media is invited to a three (3) day spectacle which will see 118 lifers receiving certificates in different skills development programmes aimed at improving offender's personal development during their time of incarceration.

The spectacle will commence on 23 October 2017 in St Albans Maximum Centre with indoor games in various sporting and recreational codes, which is expected to run over to 24 October 2017. Lifers will then be awarded with Certificates on 25 October 2017 for completing training in Clothing production, Agricultural programme, Leather works and Ceramics.

Correctional Services will also showcase some of the products produced by inmates during their time of training. Whereas, the indoor games will see maximum offenders from East London and St Albans Management Areas battling it out for supremacy in table tennis, darts, pool table, chess, scrabble, dominoes and boxing.

This event is underpinned by the fact that rehabilitation is more about the creation of an enabling environment where a human rights culture is upheld, reconciliation, forgiveness and healing are facilitated; and inmates are encouraged and assisted to discard negative values, adopt and develop positive ones which are acceptable to society. Further to this is the creation of opportunities through the acquisition of knowledge and new skills which better prepares the offenders to return to society with an improved chance of leading a crime-free life as productive and law-abiding citizens.

Inmates classified as maximums and those doing life sentences often encounter challenges when due for parole consideration as they rarely participate on rehabilitation programmes. This initiative will thus encourage inmates across the province to embrace rehabilitation as a corrective measure for offending behaviour and better prepare them for a progressive life in society.

Media is invited as follows: Dates:-

Day 1: 23 October 2017 ? Indoor Games Day 2: 24 October 2017 ? Indoor Games and Medal Ceremony

Day 3: 25 October 2017 ? Main Event and Hand over of Certificates

Time: 09h00

Venue: St Albans Correctional Centre: Main Hall

We wish to request the media attending to please confirm attendance by sending their details to Vuyo Gadu on vuyo.gadu@.za or 079 804 4321

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Issued by the Department of Correctional Services

Enquiries, Singabakho Nxumalo on 079 523 5794.

MEDIA ADVISORY

6 September 2017

MINISTER MASUTHA TO HAND OVER BEDS, CABINETS AND BLOCK OF CLASSROOMS BUILT BY INMATES AND PAROLEES

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Adv. Michael Masutha, will visit Siloe School for the Blind and SJ van der Merwe Technical School in Limpopo, on 8 and 9 September respectively, to hand over beds, cabinets and a Math's and Science block of classrooms built by inmates from the Thohoyandou Management Area and parolees from the Polokwane Management Area.

In line with the positive role of corrections in uplifting communities through supporting and maintaining public infrastructure, Correctional Services (DCS) is championing a focused offender rehabilitation and reintegration programme as a symbol of its commitment in creating a just society. Minister Masutha will use the two days to lift the veil on how offenders give real meaning to a working society through education and skills development training.

Siloe School for the Blind has been benefiting from DCS for the past four (4) years through renovations and infrastructure maintenance. The injection of 43 beds and 26 cabinets will give this public school much needed assistance against its strained resources. The Minister will also use the visit to officially launch a library project, jointly with the South African Library for the Blind and other partners.

At SJ van der Merwe Technical High School, a completed Math's and Science block, constructed by parolees, will remain a true testimony to the mandate of corrections through rehabilitation.

Projects such as these are made possible by offenders who receive training on different skills as part of their rehabilitation and reintegration. Through such opportunities, Correctional Services aims to provide offenders a second chance to correct their wrongdoing by giving back to communities.

Media is invited to join the Minister as follows: Day 1 Date: Friday, 08 September 2017 Venue: Siloe School for the Blind, Limpopo Time: 09:00

Day 2 Date: Saturday, 09 September 2017 Venue: SJ van der Merwe Technical High School, Limpopo Time: 09:00

We wish to request media attending to please confirm attendance by sending their details to Bafedile Mahlokwane at bafedile.mahlokwane@.za or 082 762 0628.

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Enquiries: Adv. Mthunzi Mhaga ? 083 641 8141

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