Still time to suggest correctional facility name changes!
In January, the correctional services department announced a call for public participation in the process of renaming eleven facilities around the country.
Apparently, thousands of submissions were received and public hearings are currently taking place around the country. According to the department,
“Thus far about 80 names have been submitted with emphasis placed on essentially two trends, one aiming at celebrating icons and heroes that passed on having dedicated themselves to the liberation and development of others, and another trends focusing on inspiring people to focus on issues of hope, forgiveness, development, rehabilitation and social reintegration.”
According to Minister Mapisa-Nqakula, in addition to the actual renaming of the facilities, the process aims to involve the public more on the work of the department, including: increased visitation to inmates (currently at only 26%); increased victim participation in parole hearings; stronger rehabilitation measures; and improved community re-integration for parolees. (More here…)
If you are interested in attending any of the remaining public hearings, which take place from this afternoon through to 30 March, details are as follows:
17 March at 14h00 – Raymond Mhlaba Indoor Sports Centre at Dzunga Street in Motherwell – Port Elizabeth for the St Albans Management Area
18 March at 14h00 – East London City Hall – Oxford Street for the East London Management Area
22 March at 14h00 – Barberton City Hall – Generaal Street for the Barberton Management Area
28 March – Ephraim Mogale Stadium – Joe Slovo Street for the Modimolle Management Area
29 March – Kroonstaad Civic Theatre – Hill Street for the Kroonstaad Management Area
30 March – Mitchel’s Plain – Rocklands Civic Centre for the Pollsmoor Management Area.