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Minister Masutha to hand over beds, cabinets and blocks of classrooms built by inmates

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Minister Masutha to hand over beds, cabinets and blocks of classrooms built by inmates

6th September 2017

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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.

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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.

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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@dcs.gov.za or 082 762 0628.

Enquiries: Adv. Mthunzi Mhaga – 083 641 8141

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