‘Positive living’ for inmates promoted

2017-08-09 06:03
PHOTO: SuppliedInmates in a music competition, an event held to encourage positive living.

PHOTO: SuppliedInmates in a music competition, an event held to encourage positive living.

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THE Pietermaritzburg Department of Correctional Services held a “positive living” event on Thursday July 27, to promote an optimistic outlook among prisoners living with HIV/Aids.

The department’s communication officer Sandile Jali said as July is known as Positive Living Month the department saw it fit to host such an event.

“It does not matter what you come across in life, if you remain positive at all times something good will come of it, even from a negative situation.

“If you get arrested for whatever reason, living positively will get you rehabilitated­ and you will come out strong and be able to return to your community and contribute positively,” the deputy director of health care services at the PMB Department of Correctional Services, Sister Ntokozo Nkabini told prisoners.

Jali said “positive living” is commemorated annually by the Department of Correctional Services in partnership with the Department of Health, New Start and TB HIV Care.

“It is one of the programmes aimed at inmates with the hope of assisting in the rehabilitation process. This programme was meant for people living with HIV, then later it covered those living with chronic diseases and has since spread to people facing different life challenges.

“It encourages positive living, which is why the Department of Health, as the custodian, was present on the day. Inmates from all five centres within the Pietermaritzburg Management Area, which are Medium A, known as New Prison, Sevontein, Medium­ B, New Hanover, and Ixopo were represented by officials and inmates,” said Jali. He said since music plays an important role in rehabilitating offenders, a music competition was held in which inmates took part.

“There were 10 traditional dance groups, seven gospel groups, and five groups from the Isicathamiya genre. It is water under the bridge now that both the traditional groups from Sevontein­, called Amabhoza Oshemeni and Izinyembezi Zamadoda, tied for first place.

“Happy Boys Isicathamiya group from Medium A walked away in first place, then a gospel group called One Vision from Medium A came first,” he said. - Supplied

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