As part of the implementation of the recently launched Self-Sufficiency and Sustainability Model, Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola and Gauteng MEC of Education, Panyaza Lesufi committed to consolidate the partnership between the two departments.
The partnership will see the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) manufacture and supply furniture to the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE). The furniture will be manufactured using offender labour at various production workshops in DCS.
Lamola and Lesufi made this commitment during their visit to the Boksburg Management Area on Friday, 02 July 2021. The visit commenced with a short briefing by the Gauteng Regional Commissioner, Thakane Molatedi, who stated that DCS was pleased that the two departments had committed to signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on the basis of which DCS will manufacture and supply furniture to the Gauteng Department of Education.
Molatedi mentioned that the Boksburg workshop produces quality office furniture that is supplied to different government de- partments, beds for offenders, steel beds for school hostels, desks for schools amongst other items.
The entourage toured the woodwork shop wherein Lamola and Lesufi were shown different sections of the workshop where offenders were provided with different vocational skills. Thereafter, they proceeded to the bakery. The tour concluded at the steel workshop, to showcase items that are manufactured and produced by offenders as part of their skills development training, such as new generation steel beds, palisade fence, braai stands, soccer and netball poles, carport structures, sanitizer stands and other steel products.
Lesufi thanked DCS for a worthwhile experi- ence, and mentioned that through the part- nership, GDE will benefit from the items that are manufactured at the production work- shops. He also express gratitude for crime awareness programmes that DCS renders at various schools across the province.
Minister Lamola said Correctional Services is ready to resolve some of the challenges GDE is confronted with, such as shortage of school furniture and lack of sporting infra- structure. “We will not address all the chal- lenges, but we can make interventions that will significantly contribute towards effective learning and teaching,” Lamola said.