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South Africa ‘making progress’ in prisoner rehabilitation

first_imgThe chairperson of the government’s justice, crime prevention and security cluster, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe briefed journalists this week about prisoner rehabilitation programmes.South Africa’s prisons are correctional centres of rehabilitation, giving offenders hope and encouragement to adopt a lifestyle that will result in a second chance towards becoming ideal citizens. (Image: GovernmentZA, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa is making progress in rehabilitating people in prison for committing crimes, and in creating opportunities for members of society to participate in this process, says Justice Minister Jeff Radebe.Briefing journalists in Cape Town on Wednesday as the chairperson of the government’s justice, crime prevention and security cluster, Radebe said these initiatives included the Victim-Offender Dialogue programme, as well as various education programmes to help offenders break the cycle of crime.Introduced by the Department of Correctional Services in 2012, the Victim-Offender Dialogue programme places the victim at the centre of the corrections process, and seeks to ensure that the victim is not forgotten once the offender has been sentenced by the courts.“As government, we acknowledge that the loss suffered by victims is irreplaceable, and that the healing of wounds and pain is a process that does not end once guilt is established by the courts.”Radebe said the government has in the past five years intensified its focus on the education of offenders.“Our prisons are now correctional centres of rehabilitation. Offenders are given new hope and encouragement to adopt a lifestyle that will result in a second chance towards becoming ideal citizens.”Flowing from the adoption of compulsory education, illiterate inmates on the pre-ABET adult literacy programme had increased by 100% from 1 300 to 2 600, with the target of catering for over 5 500 completely illiterate offenders.According to Radebe, over 9 700 offenders are currently enrolled on the full ABET literacy programme, while 3 525 are busy with Further Education and Training (including grades 10-12) studies, and 1 762 are undertaking their post-school studies.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Ramaphosa to boost South Africa’s ties with Iran

first_img17 August 2015Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly scheduled to visit Iran, where he is expected to rebuild trade ties between the two nations.Ramaphosa’s spokesman, Ronnie Mamoepa, did not confirm a date when the deputy president would be travelling to Iran. According to a City Press report yesterday, Ramaphosa’s visit would be another big move in strengthening trade ties between the two countries after the lifting of international trade sanctions against Iran last month. This followed the nuclear disarmament deal the country negotiated with the United States.The trip will follow a visit to Iran this week by a South Africa Joint Business Council delegation led by Sello Rasethaba, the shipping trade businessman and co- chairperson of this new bilateral council. It is part of the Black Business Council.Mahmoud Soroush, counsellor to the Iranian embassy in Pretoria, said his country hoped that the trade value between the two countries would return to the levels last seen three years ago. In 2012, before sanctions were imposed, Iranian oil exports to South Africa stood at $3.5-billion (R45-billion today).South African exports to Iran fell from R1.5-billion in 2007 to R250-million in 2014, while its oil imports from Iran had fallen to $100-million. Soroush said this was a clear indication of the effect of the global embargo on trade relations between Africa and the Middle East.“South African companies in the sectors of agriculture, irrigation systems, telecommunications and industrial co-operation in the various sectors can also get involved. Banking relations and setting up shipping lines and air routes will also help increase relations between the two countries,” he emphasised.The focus of the visit would be to stimulate mutual business prospects between the two countries, identify new business opportunities, promote technology and research exchange and develop education and skills transfer.Rasethaba said the new relationship between the Iran and South Africa joint business councils would be used as a platform to strengthen economic ties between the business communities in the two countries, as well as to facilitate regular interactions between members of the councils and the two governments.“We need to work hard to get back to those trade levels before the sanctions. But unlike other countries, the South African government has consistently supported the government of Iran throughout the sanctions period,” said Rasethaba.“The terms of reference for the council will be signed when leaders of the two governments meet, whether in Iran or in Pretoria.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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CoA Meeting on Saturday: BCCI may increase complimentary passes after state units’ unrest

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 5 (PTI) In a tight corner after multiple state associations raised concerns about the issue of complimentary passes, the BCCI might be forced to increase the share of free passes in order to pacify the angry affiliated units. The Committee of Administrators (CoA) will meet here Saturday to work out a feasible solution. It is learnt that it can’t have a common solution as Eden Gardens, Chepauk, Wankhede each have different capacities with different allocation of free passes for its members and government agencies. “The Committee of Administrators will be meeting in the capital tomorrow. The agenda is to sort out the issue of complimentary passes. As per new constitution approved by the Supreme Court, 90 percent tickets should be allocated for general public. But there are serious practical issues and we need an urgent solution,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity today. The second ODI between India and West Indies scheduled on October 24 was shifted from Indore to Visakhapatnam after Madhya Pradesh CA expressed their inability to host with only five percent free passes. The Tamil Nadu CA has also threatened a pull-out. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), which will host the first T20 International, is also unhappy as they have always had at least 40 percent complimentary tickets (including annual and associate members). As per constitution, the BCCI is entitled to five percent of the complimentary tickets in order to honour its contractual obligations towards its sponsors and broadcasters. “Look, the tickets that we are giving to Star Sports and Paytm shouldn’t be considered as free passes. These are part of paid tickets which they are entitled as sponsors and broadcasters,” he explained.advertisement But, he did admit that there were local issues that needs to be addressed. “We understand that state unit has to work in close co-operation with government agencies like police department,” he said. Asked if BCCI officials were willing to part with their share, he said: “That won’t be an issue I believe but the purpose won’t be solved just like that. Yes, a feasible calculation needs to be done and we need to reach a common ground.” PTI KHS KHS PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Rep Kahle promotes skilled trades for high school students

first_img A Merit Curriculum bill package was approved by state Rep. Bronna Kahle and the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee today, giving high school students and their families added options toward graduation on the way to post-high school career preparation.“Skilled trades, information technology and STEM-oriented careers are very popular today and Lenawee County schools are teaching those programs,” said Kahle, who serves as vice chair of the committee. “Our education system is based on preparing high school students for life after graduation, so we must help Michigan schools have the tools to meet that goal.”The four bills in the legislative package will allow statistics, computer coding and certified safety program courses to count toward graduation requirements, and give students an option to fulfill a 21st Century Skills requirement by completing a combination of career/technical education (CTE) or visual/performing arts courses.Kahle recently hosted officials from Hudson Area Schools and Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry before the committee to speak on college preparation and career counseling.House Bills 4315-4318 advance to the full House for consideration.##### 28Mar Rep. Kahle promotes skilled trades for high school students Categories: Kahle News,Newslast_img read more

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