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Officials shown appreciation

The Bizzah Makhate Centre of Excellence of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in Kroonstad was abuzz with excitement and positivity on Tuesday (21/08) when Past. Alan and Carien Ogilvie of the Kroonstad Cell Church and their team visited the centre.

Refiloe Tau, spokesperson of the DCS, said the church has been a major stakeholder in supporting the DCS, giving spiritual upliftment to offenders on a weekly basis.

“Based on that relation­ship, the church decided to honour and show appreciation towards officials working at the centre, who have committed to helping with the rehabilitation of female offenders,” Tau said.

The appreciation service was coupled with the long service certificate ceremony and 18 officials were awarded certificates for ten years’ and 20 years’ of service at the DCS.

“We always say rehabilitation is a societal responsibility,” Mpho Moleme, head of the centre, said.

“The church has extended a helping hand in assisting us to fulfill our mandate of the rehabilitation of offenders and our task to detain all inmates in safe custody while ensuring their human dignity.

“It is not easy for us to do it alone, because we also have our own burdens and issues. This visit gives us hope and shows that there are people who care for us as officials.

The senior pastor of the Kroonstad Cell Church, Past. Alan, gave a message of encouragement to the officials.

Quoting from Ecclesiastes 10:10 in the Bible, he chal­lenged every­one to stay productive and effective and to always strive to sharpen their edges and improve their skills.

He said there were two ways to stay sharp. One was by opening one’s heart to receive and have a teachable spirit. The second was by making time for the Word of God and for prayer.

Members of the church took time to interact, worship and pray with the officials.

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