Kokstad Management Area, Kwa-Zulu Natal Region, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) with the aim of maximizing the provisioning of rehabilitation programmes, and to inculcate the culture of skills development amongst inmates. True to the much proclaimed mantra of corrections being societal responsibility, MANCOSA has collaborated with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) by donating 13 desktop computers to the Kokstad Management Area, on 18 August 2021.
The establishment of computer based learning centres will provide inmates with a secure environment to utilize technology for study purposes, and train them to become computer literate so that they can be able to adapt to the demands of the corporate world upon release.
Pretty Zondo, who is responsible for Education and Training in the Management Area, said they are going to use a train the trainer approach so as to avoid constant payments to external service providers.
Mr Wonderboy Zondi, a Marketing Manager from MANCOSA in Durban, said that they were honoured to have an opportunity to extend a helping hand to inmates in the correctional facility. He pledged that they will expand their scope of work and offer assistance to Correctional Services at a larger scale by providing different programmes. “Together, we will walk the journey we have started today, and success is certain,” he said.
Senior Education Specialist responsible for Community Education and Training, Noluvuyo Ngxongo-Dolwana, expressed gratitude to MANCOSA for this gesture. She urged the inmates to embrace this rare opportunity offered to them to better their lives. “We are living in a fast changing world of advancement in the level of technology, and we have seen Gauteng province taking the lead in introducing E-Learning in primary schools. This is a challenge to yourselves to master the use of technology at a young age so you can be able to contribute positively to the country’s economic development,” Dolwana said.
Conveying words of gratitude, offender Sthembile Dlamini, who is serving a life sentence at Kokstad Medium, said that they are very grateful for the opportunity. “We will come out from here to face the demanding world as better people,” she said.
Responding on behalf of the Department of Correctional Services, the Regional Head: Development and Care, Jabulisile Chonco, said it was fitting that the donation was made during Women’s Month, more so because this period it is dedicated to the memory of a pioneer and freedom fighter uMama Charlotte Maxeke who was an astute scholar who obtained her first Bachelor of Science degree from Wilberforce University. “You must prove to be effective leaders like uMama Maxeke, because no one has a choice to be born in a particular environment, but everyone has a choice to change the future,” concluded Chonco.
This computer lab is the first of its kind in the Management Area, and will immediately benefit 206 inmates who are currently enrolled in Formal Education within Kokstad Management Area.
MANCOSA is a private higher distance education institution offering affordable and accessible management education, primarily to persons previously denied access to postgraduate education in South Africa.