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Area Commissioner:

EC Bruwer
Head of Centre:

MS Hlongwane
President Mbeki Str, Rustenburg
P/Bag X82108, Rustenburg, 300
Tel: 014 596 7311
Fax: 014 5016 7227

Rustenburg is the third oldest town in the former Transvaal. Historians hold two different explanations about the origin of the name Rustenburg. Others contend that the town was named after Rustenburg estate in the Cape whereas others maintain that it originated from expectations harboured by the Boers for peace for the region. The town was built in 1841 when the Boers immigrated from the Cape and later from Potchefstroom to settle north of Magaliesberg. In September 1951 the government of Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek proclaimed it a town but it only received municipal status in 1918.

As early as 1852, the Transvaal Volksraad met in Rustenburg and many important decisions regarding the State and the Church were taken here. For a while Rustenburg was even the capital of the Zuid-Arikaansche Republiek, before the seat moved to Pretoria. The course of the church’s history also showed that the turmoil on church level in Rustenburg resulted in the fact that there are today three Afrikaans sister churches. A recent church conference of all dominations was also held at Rustenburg. At educational level Rustenburg played an important role when in 1859 a private school was established with the assistance of Commandant SJP (Paul) Kruger – the late State President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek on his farm. Some years later, the school was moved to Rustenburg.

Rustenburg was the first town in the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek where two languages; Dutch and English, were used as language mediums. Today Rustenburg boasts many schools as well as Technical College. From 1910 – 1939, this area was known as the experimental farm, a tobacco research station, which had to move as a result of water shortage. The then Union Education Department, took over the grounds on 14 July 1939 and opened the Rustenburg Industrial school.

Initially the school was meant for boys with behavioural problems and also boys who were committed by the Children’s Act on boys removed from the parental homes. Under the guidance of the first principal, Dr Mike Smuts, the pupils themselves built the first two classrooms and workshops. The "Blinkblaar" hostel provided accommodation for eighty (80) pupils.

Reductions in personnel and the rationalization of these types of schools were the cause of closure of the Werda School and it finally closed its door after 52 years. The premised and building were taken over by the Department of Correctional Services towards the end of 1992, after having contemplated several ideas on how it should be utilized, it was finally decided to use it as a juvenile prison for youths sentenced for economical and drug related offences.

The "Blinkblaar" Hostel was transformed into a juvenile prison. Of the original buildings still in the use since the beginning of the century are inter alia, the old farmhouse used by the Principal, the building used by the Logistical section and the "Blinkblaar" hostel, now known as "E" housing unit. Since 1 April 1998, the whole Rustenburg Correctional Centre has functioned as a Juvenile Centre. This is the only Juvenile Centre in the North West province and receives juveniles from all over the province.

The Centre has since 2005 proclaimed a Centre of Excellence together with other 35 centres nation wide which will serve as pilot centres for the implementation of the White Paper on Corrections in South Africa. Rustenburg Centre of excellence – under the leadership of Mr Eddie Bruwer as the Area Commissioner – is under the management of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West Region (LMN). It is situated along the Thabazimbi Highway on the left-hand side just on the outskirts of the town in Rustenburg Municipality.

The Centre is certified to accommodate 182 juveniles; however the number of juveniles in this centre is currently 230. The Centre is classified under Medium Security level and the visiting hours during Public Holidays and Weekends is 09h00 to 15h00.

Rustenburg Centre of excellence has, over the previous years, embarked on numerous projects and programmes that contribute positively towards rehabilitation and skills development of offenders. These activities include the provision of Formal/Basic education, Skills development, Sport and recreation, Culture, Arts, Spiritual programmes, and so forth. Members and offenders are actively participating in numerous activities and events. It came as no surprise when Rustenburg scooped gold medal in 2007 Rustenburg show whereby offenders participated in "Tsotsi Evangelie" a play about the New Testament interpreted in tsotsi taal.

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III-Phase Behaviour Modification Programme Education & Training Social Work Programmes Sport & Recreation Culture Spiritual Programs
Phase I - Admission, Orientation & Assessment;
Phase II - Normal housing & intervention;
Phase III - Preparation for pre-integration into normal open max facilities (centre of origin)
Grade 12
Skills Development
Adjustment in Centre; Life skills; Death & dying counselling; Bereavement counselling; HIV/AIDS; Pre-Transfer - Phase III Sporting Codes:
1. Soccer
2. rugby
3. cricket
4. volleyball
5. table-tennis
6. athletics
Leisure time allowance
Library service; Recreational board games Phase III; Traditional dancing - Phase III; Choral music -Phase III 5:00 – Wake up
6:00 – Unlock, Counting & registration of complaints and requests Breakfast
7:30 School and skills development at the workshop stars Commencement of daily programmes
11:00 Lunch
1:30 Programmes continues
16:30 - Supper
18:00 – Lock-up

Security Level:

Rustenburg Centre of Excellence does not cater for high risk maximum security offenders but, the high risk maximum offenders are sent to Rustenburg Centre at E Housing Unit that is where we managed on closed maximum principles. Only offenders who fit a specific security risk profile are considered by a selection panel at the National Head Office and recommended for approved by the Chief Deputy Commissioner: Corrections, for admission and incarceration at the Centre of Excellence.


Approved: 230
Actual: 222-235 The Department of Public Works is in a process of establishing Repair and Maintenance Contracts to ensure the effective maintenance of the facility with its advances technology and sophisticated systems and it is envisaged that all these contracts will be in place by June 2007.

Visiting Hours:

Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays from 09:00 to 15:00. Medical/Nursing Services:
The centre has a clinic but ill inmates are admitted in Hospital in Medium A at Hospital Unit with 11 inpatient beds and consultation rooms for visiting Health Practitioners. The following services are available:
- Visiting doctor 1 day per week
- Visiting dentist 1 day per month
- Visiting psychologist - as required

A 24-hour nursing facility exists but is not yet in operation due to a severe shortage of nursing staff. Movement of offenders to the hospital is limited to the absolute minimum.

Directions to facility:

From Johannesburg
Drive pass Roodepoort, Krugersdorp, Magalies and Rustenburg drive on Nelson Mandela drive and turn right on Thabazimbi Highway
From Pretoria
Drive on the N4 until Rustenburg turn right after the off-ramp to Nelson Mandela Drive and again turn to the right on Thabazimbi Highway after the railway cross the centre is situated on the left side of the highway.