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Image: SA FILM Academy pilot training programme for theDepartment of Correctional Services in South Africa the SA FILM Academy aim to make a significant contribution with this skills development and training pilot programme for Correctional Services in SA.

The biggest challenge for offenders, once they complete their prison term and re-enter society is to participate meaningfully and productively in sustained, legitimate economic activity to earn a living and support their families. The academic entry level for film and TV production is historically low and success relies primarily on raw talent, creativity, passion, application, persistence and rigorous self-discipline. This provides a unique opportunity for offenders and parolees to be reintegrated into society and the economy through this sector.
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COMPANY NEWS , Offenders and Ex-offenders rehabilitation, Social & Community
Image: Launch of the SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards 2018 We’ve kicked off 2018 with a bang and are excited to announce the call to entry for the eighth annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation & Disability...

We’ve kicked off 2018 with a bang and are excited to announce the call to entry for the eighth annual SAB Foundation Social Innovation and Disability Empowerment Awards.

These awards invest in entrepreneurs and social innovation that benefit women and youth, people in rural areas or people with a disability. We find, support and scale social innovations – through challenge funding and tailored mentorship – which can directly and indirectly improve quality of life.   Read More...




COMPANY NEWS , Enterprise, Offenders and Ex-offenders rehabilitation
Image: Invitation for entrepreneurs looking to grow their business Do you have a viable, black-owned small business that would benefit from mentorship, training and business support?

SAB Foundation invites interested parties to apply to the 2016 Tholoana Enterprise Programme.
Successful candidates will be part of a high-energy solution that has helped hundreds of businesses to accelerate their success. Wrap-around support, including expert mentorship, skills training workshops, access to markets, and qualified investment-readiness support, has been shown to improve the confidence and skills of entrepreneurs.   Read More...




Offenders and Ex-offenders rehabilitation, Social & Community
Image: Roundtable discussion on Halfway Houses - 16 July 2015

On the 16th July, the SACBC Parliamentary Liaison Office together with NICRO, the Western Cape Department of Correctional Services as well as the Prison Care and Support Network, ‘Beauty for Ashes’ and ‘Realistic’,  all organizations working with ex-offenders, held a roundtable discussion on ‘ Halfway Houses’ focusing on what happens once an offender is released.   Read More...




Offenders and Ex-offenders rehabilitation, Social & Community
Image: Government opens halfway house for parolees

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Correctional Services has launched its first halfway house in the Western Cape, as part of a project to ensure proper support for ex-offenders before they are reintegrated into society. The initiative follows a pilot project in Gauteng.   Read More...




HEADLINES, Offenders and Ex-offenders rehabilitation, Safety & Security
Image: Prison and the Family The criminal justice system sentences those found guilty of serious offences to a period of incarceration in a prison facility as punishment for their crimes. The duration of the sentence depends on the gravity of the offence, as does the choice of correctional facility where the sentence is to be served.1   Read More...



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Image: Rehabilitation and Reintegration Message Entrepreneurship Program (MEP) at Drakenstein Correctional Centre for 27 young men undergoing a business and entrepreneurship training program

The 7th of May can be marked as a highly significant date on the calendar of 27 young men who are currently going through a 6 month (college equivalent) intensive business and entrepreneurship training program as part of their prison pre-release program.
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Image: LEXISNEXIS REPORT SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN SA More than half (58% or 54 people in total) were victims smuggled into the country with the end purpose of exploitation.
DURBAN, 13 April 2015 – At least 93 people were trafficked into and within South Africa over the 12 month period from January to December 2014 for unjust purposes ranging from sexual exploitation to forced labour, forced marriage and body part trafficking. This is according to data drawn from the latest LexisNexis South Africa Human Trafficking Awareness Index™, a knowledge management tool released periodically by this leading provider of content and technology solutions.   Read More...



Offenders and Ex-offenders rehabilitation, Social & Community
Image: A Match to Remember !

One of our goals in 2015 was to introduce monthly events to bring together ex-offenders from all over the Cape. On Saturday 28th March we had 19 ex-offenders come from all over Cape Town to play a soccer match against a Message Trust selected team. The game was a fantastic spectacle and ended up as a 6-6 draw!
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Image: NICRO Advocacy Project on Criminal Record Expungement NICRO is launching an Advocacy Project to relook at the Criminal Record Expungement process. We have encountered too many of our clients who have been struggling with this issue, particularly in securing jobs, stigma etc.   Read More...



ALL THE NEWS , Offenders and Ex-offenders rehabilitation, Social & Community
Image: Pollsmoor inmates take to the stage! - in their ground –breaking play THE OUTSIDERS at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.

The media describes Pollsmoor, as “the famous yet infamous prison known by many in our communities as a place where offenders graduate to Number gangs, a place where hope is seen as myth and rehabilitation programmes as a mirage in the desert”.   Read More...




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Image: NICRO RELEASES PUBLIC EDUCATION PAPER ON THE STATE OF SOUTH AFRICAN PRISONS The National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (NICRO) is a South African non-profit organisation which began working with offenders in 1910. Operating in eight provinces, NICRO provides services designed to help adult and child offenders turn their lives around and become contributing members of society.   Read More...



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Image: Tackling Juvenile Crime Effectively and Building Safer Communities -heated debates and power struggles are the order of the day while enthusiastic voters continue to voice their frustration

As South Africa gears up for the May national election, heated debates and power struggles are the order of the day while enthusiastic voters continue to voice their frustration in general and slow service delivery in particular in various ways and with increasingly violent protestations. Poor service delivery and the lack of proper infrastructure continue to fuel the commission of crime in our country.   Read More...




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Image: Rotting while they wait Thousands of awaiting-trial prisoners are languishing in jail because of delays in the justice system, such as witnesses not appearing, missing docume

Thousands of awaiting-trial prisoners are languishing in jail because of delays in the justice system, such as witnesses not appearing, missing documents and lengthy postponements. Department of Justice spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said the management of remand detainees had "greatly improved" since the establishment of a branch within the department that dealt exclusively with remand detention.   Read More...




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Image: Conditions in prison for the majority of inmates are at best stark, and miserable The recent return of two of the Waterkloof 4 has not only led to criticism regarding the behaviour of the individuals concerned, but also to concern amongst members of the public regarding the so called 'good' and 'comfortable' conditions in our prisons. This is a misreading of the current situation.   Read More...



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Image: Unfair to withhold voting rights of prisoners There has been a lot of response regarding the decision made to allow prisoners to vote, what the public forgets is that the constitution of the Republic of South Africa, allows South African Citizen with Identity document a right to vote, whether be that they are in prison or not.   Read More...



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NICRO’s continuous investment in good corporate governance was recently recognised at the 2013 National Lottery Board Indaba & Inaugural Awards Ceremony held in Gauteng this week.  The award for Good Corporate Governance, which included a trophy and certificate, was testimony to the remarkable achievements that NICRO has accomplished since its establishment in 1910 and recognised NICRO’s excellence in organisational governance.   Read More...




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....HOW SOCIETY PROMOTES CRIME !

Now that the latest crime statistics have been released, this is a good time for us to start asking ourselves some difficult yet highly relevant questions. We are all concerned about crime in South Africa.  We wish to be safe in our homes, in our workplaces and in our communities. We want our children to grow up in a safer South Africa.  We want our crime prevention strategies to yield better results.   Read More...




ALL THE NEWS , Offenders and Ex-offenders rehabilitation

The latest crime stats have much to concern us! The downward trend of the last five to ten years seems to be grinding to a halt! The stabilising of the crime levels, albeit at a high level, seems to have reversed – violent crimes such as murder, attempted murder, aggravated robberies show increases!  A total of 650 more murders than before! Robberies – more than before; attacked in homes and streets - more than before! The conviction rates seem to be about 50% of the arrest rate.   Read More...




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Image: Women’s Day – and then? Domestic violence in South Africa is far too pervasive
“Zulpha came to us after her husband poured boiling water all over her body. She had third degree burns. Her face will be scared for the rest of her life. After staying with us for a few weeks, she willingly went back to her husband, ‘because he loves me.’ Sadly we see cases like this all the time,” Director of the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children, Shaheema McLeod said, on the eve of Women’s Day, which is celebrated across the country on Friday, 9 August.   Read More...


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