Background information on Mangaung Correctional Centre:
G4S Care and Justice (South Africa) Pty Ltd, has successfully entered into a 25-year Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the South African Government to design, build, finance and operate the first PPP Adult Residential Centre in South Africa. This particular centre has already been operational for more than nine (9) years, and is well known for its developmental approach and for the fact that it renders services that are benchmarked against national and international standards.
The centre consists of six (6) housing units, which each provide for 488 inmates, with a total of 2928 inmates altogether.
The operational approach of the correctional centre is regarded as a service excellence model in the correctional field which includes amongst others unit management guided by direct supervision
principles, the managing of each inmate’s individual sentence plan by a multi-disciplinary team, a personal officer scheme and a relaxed, but secure regime governed by good citizenship principles.
At Mangaung Correctional Centre we value the “train the trainer” principle and therefore train and empower key employees and inmates with certain skills and they have the responsibility to then transfer these skills to the selected group of inmates. With this specific project, we requested that our vocational training instructor who is involved with our Tailoring Skills Development Programme train a Program Direct Supervision Officer and three inmates from the selected housing unit who were then responsible for training the other seven inmates chosen for the project.
KAS and MCC
We started this as a pilot project in one of the housing units to familiarize ourselves with the requirements of the project (logistics, operational requirements, etc) and to evaluate and manage the project in terms of our contract with the Government as well as the requirements of the other entities involved with the KAS project. The response from the inmates towards the project will also be measured. The progress will be evaluated after a month and a final decision will be made whether this project meets the requirements of all parties, including that of our customer, the Department of Correctional Services. The aim is to roll this project out to the other five units or to set up a centralized area for the project. What is very important for both the Department of Correctional Services and ourselves is the development path of the inmate and the assurance that this would be a sustainable project. The availability of squares to sew together would need to be regular and sufficient enough to engage the selected inmates adequately and continuously.
The first ten blankets took about a week to put together. This was due to sorting the bulk delivery of squares and starting the process. As time progresses, the skills of inmates will increase and so will production – there are currently 37 completed blankets. We will have a good idea after a month as to how many blankets would be put together per week by the inmates and on how many inmates we can finally get involved in the project (subject to the availability of a constant stream of squares – what will a reasonable expectation be?)
How the distribution will work
We would need to discuss this with KAS and reach an agreement to ensure that the objectives of all parties are met, but ordinarily, the following principles would be followed at MCC:
The community forum will be guided by the policy concerning community involvement.
The primary focus is on the enhancement of the well-being of those aspects of the community that are directly linked to the services offered by G4S and the secondary focus is on providing support to organizations within the broader community involved in the development of surrounding communities through their services. The beneficiaries of these community organizations should be in line with the specifications as set out in the BEE Codes of Good Practice governed by SA legislation.
The criteria we would use in determining beneficiaries include:
· Projects should serve disadvantaged communities within South Africa.
· Projects should focus on communities within which G4S operates and initially with this project, within a 100km radius of MCC.
· Projects should comply with the outcomes as set out in the BEE Codes of Good Practice.
· Projects must have a clear sustainable plan in place.
· Organizations (beneficiaries) must be registered as NPO’s/NGO’s or clearly be stated as “disadvantaged”.
· Application forms available at Mangaung Correctional Centre need to be completed (if the organization is not yet registered as a beneficiary) and the application need to be approved by the MCC Community Forum.
· Beneficiaries must commit and comply with all the required administrative outcomes such as a letter of confirmation of contribution.
· Where required and agreed to beforehand, feedback reports must be submitted.