As part of Youth Month 2020, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is giving attention to youth officials with comorbidities in the fight against the coronavirus.
In kick-starting its Youth Month programme, amid global challenges of insufficient availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), DCS partnered with Metropolitan, part of Momentum Metropolitan Life Limited Financial Services, in the distribution of cloth face masks to youth staff.
The Metropolitan donation of 250 cloth face masks was delivered to the Gauteng region on 4 June 2020, which was received by Regional Commissioner Ms. Thakane Molatedi for distribution to all eight (8) management areas in the region. The initiative is facilitated by the Directorate: Gender and Employment Equity, and Director Ayanda Bonani commended the partners for their goodwill and generosity and urged them to also prioritize the Western Cape and Eastern Cape regions given the surge of the virus in those areas.
Metropolitan has a long standing partnership with DCS. Mr Caskey Ndaba, Provincial General Manager at Metropolitan, said, one of the biggest needs amongst the youth in South Africa is coaching in financial wellness and Metropolitan plays a significant role in supporting youth in this regard. “It is important that our strategic partners experience us as a stakeholder that adds value,” said Ndaba.
In 2019, Metropolitan did not only focus on empowering DCS employees on financial wellness, but also partnered with the department during the commemoration of the life of the late Ms Nomsa Stuurman, the first female official to be murdered by an inmate in Goedemoed, Free State and Northern Cape Region. Their contribution ensured the construction of a “Wall of Remembrance,” which was unveiled by Minister Ronald Lamola, in honour of Ms Stuurman as well as all women DCS officials who had been violated by offenders over the past 25 years of democracy. Metropolitan pledged to extend similar donations to the other regions.