Offender Rehabilitation Programs

BOSASA Giving Back - Offender Rehabilitation Programmes

Image of Correctional Services workshopAt BOSASA IFM, our philosophy has always encompassed helping those in need. This means we are committed to social upliftment, a concept entrenched in our ethos as a company. We aim to provide previous offenders with a second chance, give them confidence and allow them the opportunity to participate in the growing economy of South Africa. In doing so, we seek to provide these individuals with the professional skills they need to enter into the job market and transform themselves into productive members of society.

Our approach to this process is a holistic one. Each person in one of our offender rehabilitation programmes is not only a valuable individual, but part of a greater system. It is only by contributing positively to this system on a number of levels that we are able to break the cycle of poverty and crime, making an impact on the wellbeing of our country as a whole. Based on the principles of education and drawing on the strengths of each participant, we believe that these programmes facilitate the lasting rehabilitation of previous offenders, granting them a new opportunity to succeed in life.

The process of rehabilitation is a trying one and the rehabilitation of ex-offenders is implemented worldwide with varied degrees of success. We believe that providing them with valuable job skills is absolutely critical to the successful reintegration of prisoners into society. Equipping offenders with the personal capacity for re-socialisation means providing them with recognised qualifications and job opportunities; these principles are the foundation of all our programmes.

Offender Chef Training

Image of cooking instructorDrawing on past experiences with ensuring that the health and nutritional needs of inmates are met in prisons across SA, BOSASA IFM developed a programme of rehabilitation that trains deserving offenders as qualified chefs. Aligned with the prestigious HTA School of Culinary Arts certification, the chef school focuses on training participants with the practical skills that, once rehabilitated, will ensure they have an opportunity at finding employment.

In addition to the widely recognised qualification, new chefs are given much sought after opportunities to gain important working experience. At hotels, restaurants and other top establishments in Gauteng, graduates will train in a quality environment with other professionals. Moreover, after completion of the programme, chefs are given a membership with the South African Chefs Association. This enables them to network and enhance their reputations, as well as gain experience in the food industry.

Job Centre Trust

Iamge of Job Centre Trust workshopOffering a response to the Correctional Services White Paper, the Job Centre Trust is one of BOSASA IFM’s social responsibility projects. Personal and professional achievements are central to developing a culture of sustainable employment. An opportunity for South Africans to become constructive members of society is the most important contribution we can make to social welfare.

The development of useful employment roles for individuals begins with reengaging him or her with their primary community. An ethos of personal responsibility is nurtured and the person is encouraged to take responsibility for their actions. This personal growth goes hand in hand with the professional skill-building that prepares them for entering into the job market. In collaboration with industry leaders and socially-driven companies, the Trust works to place rehabilitated ex-offenders in successful positions.

BOSASA's Youth Development Centres

Image of youth in YDC computer classThe Child Justice Act states that disenfranchised children between the ages of 14 and 17 years old, who have found themselves in conflict with the law, must be diverted from the Criminal Justice System. Since 1995, BOSASA’s Youth Development Centres have provided thousands of children with havens of safety across South Africa.  Providing a safe environment of character building and education, these centres are integral to the rehabilitation of vulnerable youths.

Offering much more than a bed, food, and schooling, the centres provide experienced counsellors who manage the holistic development of each child. The purpose is to give children a second chance at building successful futures. To do that, we provide accredited education as well as personal development courses, producing balanced and accountable young people.  


Effective reintegration of previous offenders requires an investment in each individual, but it also takes a community to knit-together to support these people in pursuit of a new life. Hlumani is a corporate social responsibility model and one of our offender rehabilitation programmes. It provides solutions for the community acceptance of rehabilitated offenders, implementing a holistic and successful system of reintegration through restorative justice.

By focusing on the positive attributes of every individual in the programme and developing their unique talents, offenders are able to build on a sense of self-worth and take pride in their achievements. They are able to develop useful skills and contribute to the communities in which they were once outcasts. This in turn eases the process of acceptance and facilitates reintegration. Projects successfully implemented by Hlumani include:

Image of Hlumani vegetable planting
  • Pollsmoor farm and vegetable processing plant
  • Pollsmoor butchery
  • Ekuseni Computer Training Facility 
  • Feeding schemes for impoverished children in the Pollsmoor and Atteridgeville Areas
  • Johannesburg Crèche for babies of mothers correctional facilities
  • Waterval Vegetable Processing Plant
  • Waterval Butchery

The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment

The only way to ensure the development of a united and peaceful South Africa is to invest in its youth. The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment is a tool for shaping young South Africans between of 14 and 25 into the kind of citizens who can lead our nation into a bright future. BOSASA (through its Youth Development Centres) is proudly partnered with the award, which facilitates the involvement of youth in stimulating programmes such as:

  • Image of youths performing at the Trust CeremonyCommunity service
  • Education and skills development
  • Leadership programmes
  • Sports, recreation and outdoor adventures
  • The Anti-drug Campaign

The East London Female Prison Computer Centre

Image of computers at the EL female prisonTechnology is a vital part of interacting with modern society. Training in this area can equip previous offenders with the skills required to secure valuable employment. One of our most successful achievements, the provision of computer training facilities at the East London Female Prison Computer Centre, has been one of the simplest yet most transformational programmes we have implemented. Providing more than just the necessary skills, this centre uplifts the women who use it by giving them the confidence to achieve their goals.

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