Public hearings on renaming correctional centres kicks-off

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Pretoria - Minister of Correctional Services, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will launch a series of public hearings on the renaming of some correctional centre at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto on Monday.

Ten public hearings are scheduled to give all South Africans an opportunity for oral submissions on the plan of Minister Mapisa-Nqakula to rename 11 Correctional Centres in all six regions of the Department. 

The first phase of consultations with the public ended on 4 February 2011 when written submissions were made on the renaming of the facilities. The Minister decided to allow more time for consultations and extended the schedule originally planned to end before 21 March 2011. 

Now the public hearings to get oral submissions on renaming of Correctional Centres will be held between 7 March and 30 March 2011, covering the following areas: 

* 7 March - Grace Bible Church at Pimville in Soweto - for both Johannesburg and Leeuwkop Management Areas
* 9 March - Pretoria University, Mamelodi Campus for the Pretoria Management Area
* 11 March - Durban City Hall at Dr Pixley KaSeme Street in Durban for Durban Westville Management Area
* 12 March - Pietermaritzburg City Hall at Corner Church and Chief Albert Luthuli streets in for Pietermaritzburg Management Area
* 17 March - Raymond Mhlaba Indoor Sports Centre at Dzunga Street in Motherwell - Port Elizabeth for the St Albans Management Area
* 18 March - East London City Hall - Oxford Street for the East London Management Area
* 22 March - Barberton Rugby Field - General Street for the Barberton Management Area
* 28 March - Ephraim Mogale Stadium - Joe Slovo Street for the Modimolle Management Area
* 29 March - Kroonstaad Civic Theatre - Hill Street for the Kroonstaad Management Area
* 30 March - Mitchel's Plain - Rocklands Civic Centre for the Pollsmoor Management Area

In a campaign currently running on various public service radio stations and newspapers, Mapisa-Nqakula praised South Africans for written submissions made and urged people and their organisations to attend the public hearings. 

She said their participation contributes to social cohesion through renaming of correctional centres. She said their participation contributes to social cohesion through renaming of correctional centres. Interested individuals can confirm their attendance by sending an SMS to 083 626 0304. - BuaNews