Name changes

Still time to suggest correctional facility name changes!

Posted on March 17, 2011. Filed under: 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.
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Renaming of 11 SA correctional facilities

Posted on January 24, 2011. Filed under: Name changes |

Yesterday, the Department of Correctional Services announced that names of eleven facilities will be changed, in recognition of “key events, geographic significance and personalities associated with these facilities”. By region, these facilities are as follows:

Gauteng: Johannesburg, Pretoria Central and Leeuwkop

Limpopo/Mpumalanga/North West: Barberton and Modimolle

Eastern Cape: St Albans and East London

Western Cape: Pollsmoor

Free State/Northern Cape Region: Kroonstad

KwaZulu-Natal: Durban Westville and Pietermaritzburg

Interested in making a recommendation? The process is open to the public, by way of motivations of up to 500 words to Mr Zach Modise by 4 February 2011 via post, email or fax:

Address: CDC Corrections, Private Bag X136, Pretoria, 0001 OR
Fax: 012 328 8326 / 086 569 1482

According to the department, the “new names will be announced on 21 March 2011 as part of the programme aimed at celebrating the Human Rights Day.”  You can read the full press release here, or obtain more information from Sonwabo Mbananga on 082 045 3963. Also, for more general information on name-changing processes and procedures, visit the Department of Arts and Culture website here.

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