Search for talent

2017-03-21 06:02
Some of the women finalists in a Pollsmoor talent competition celebrate going through to the next round with the judges.

Some of the women finalists in a Pollsmoor talent competition celebrate going through to the next round with the judges.

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A morale-boosting project at Pollsmoor prison is reaching an exciting stage, with the top 50 finalists in the talent search competition starting a mentorship workshop this week.

The UrSlam Factor talent competition started last month and officials boast a noticeable improvement in morale among prisoners across all sections of the prison.

Adding to the excitement is the announcement of the top 50 performers who will form part of a mentorship training workshop at the prison.

“This project is showing these people that they have a positive potential in life,” says organiser Shirly Paulse of the Women Taking Action organisation.

Pollsmoor area commissioner Clifford Mketshane says he is encouraged by the prisoners’ commitment to the competition and explained that activities such as this were vital to the smooth running of any correctional centre as it kept offenders busy and away from idle thoughts which always led to negative behaviour.

“These inmates have been emotionally abandoned and many do not have any hope that tomorrow will be better than today,” he says. “This project is about providing a second chance for not only offenders but also for parents, children and communities to find healing and forgiveness.” V For more information visit


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