Minister Michael Masutha handed over 400 dignity packs on 10 April 2019 in Kroonstad, Free State. The packs contained ski pants and sanitary towels aimed at restoring pride in female learners from Bodibeng High School and Reaitumela Public School in Kroonstad.
Masutha expressed his admiration for the contribution made by Old Mutual and the devotion of the DCS officials and offenders towards the project. “Investing in our girl children at school, through our various social programmes will ensure that learners concentrate in school and that lack of basic necessities does not condemn them to a vicious cycle of poverty and unemployment. I don’t believe that poverty, social status of any kind, disability and gender should ever be a barrier for anyone to succeed in life,” he said.
Ten offenders were trained to manufacture the donated ski pants, under the supervision of Lizette Lowrence and Tasene Wiza at Bizzah Makhathe. Marthie Mulder who represented the offenders said the unique skill they have acquired through making the pants did not only give them an opportunity to give back to communities but will also create business opportunities for them when they are released.
Deputy Regional Commissioner Kenneth Mthombeni said for the department to realise rehabilitation it must work with stakeholders. He said the donation was made possible by a partnership between DCS and Old Mutual who contributed material for the manufacturing of the ski pants, the South African Police Service Women’s Network and the DCS officials who donated sanitary towels.
Old Mutual Free State & Northern Cape Regional Manager, Mr Silas Sebiloane said he was honoured to partner with DCS in this good course of humanity and he applauded the Free State and Northern Cape Regional Commissioner Subashini Moodley and her team for her visionary leadership in demonstrating the spirit of philanthropy within the organisation and in the community at large.