#AppreciationMonday: South African Inmates use their skills to uplift communities

#AppreciationMonday: South African Inmates use their skills to uplift communities

A true story of reformation and rejuvenation...

#AppreciationMonday: South African Inmates use their skills to uplift communities
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When we think of prison, there's this notion of it only being filled with gangs, bribery, trickery and violence. But the truth is that we are rarely privy to the good that happens behind bars. 

Of course, the notion comes from our exposure to television and the depiction or idealisation of the 'prisoner' environment. When we heard about the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services’ Self-Sufficiency Model, it broke opened us up to a whole new view and is definitely something that has got us thinking about the good that comes from the correctional sector in our country. 

Minister Ronald Lamola revealed that by utilising offender labour, the department has been able to produce food for inmates, generate income through its production workshops, assist in the reconstruction of housing and so much more. 

It is a true silver lining story that displays the positive ability of a community that has long been shamed; the ability of that community to rise above their circumstances and reform their lives in the most fulfilling and productive way. 

"He reported that in the last financial year, offenders were trained in hairdressing, new venture creations, building and plastering, tiling, welding, painting, furniture and cabinet making, wood machining, textile skills, bricklaying, motor mechanics, plumbing, vegetable production and other agriculture related fields." (MSN)

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To demonstrate the potential life after prison for inmates, Lamola shared that "recently, former inmate, Morwesi Theledi, who spent six years incarcerated, joined the cast of popular SABC soapie, Muvhango.

Lamola said she discovered her passion and talent for acting while incarcerated and she has - in her words - described her incarceration as a blessing in disguise." (MSN)

The mere fact that there is a form of restoration that is being given to that part of society that is generally forgotten or shunned is nothing short of inspiring. It shows us that in life, anything is possible and that we shouldn't judge each other on the mistakes we've made but rather celebrate the efforts we make to change our circumstancesfor the better.

Happy Appreciation Monday!

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