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Book donation to help inmates turn the page

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Literacy for Life, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Sol Plaatje University, donated books to inmates under the care of the Free State and Northern Cape Department of Correctional Services.

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LITERACY for Life, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Sol Plaatje University, donated books to inmates under the care of the Free State and Northern Cape Department of Correctional Services.

Department spokesperson Simphiwo Nomvethe said the inmates were encouraged to adopt a spirit of literacy in order not only to become more knowledgeable but also to use it as a means to break away from their environment.

Nomvethe said the regional commissioner of the department thanked all role-players for the donation.

“The regional commissioner for Free State and Northern Cape, Subashini Moodley, expressed her gratitude to Literacy for Life and the Nelson Mandela Foundation for this precious gift of books. Moodley stated that reading empowers you to become more knowledgeable of everything happening around you,” said Nomvethe.

Sol Plaatje University lecturer and author Sabata Mokae left the offenders with some inspiring words.

“We are here today making this donation as part of paying our debt and investing in the future,” Mokae said.

The CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Sello Hatang, said the handover is also to inspire offenders not to be mentally constrained by their environment.

“It is not what you leave for people, but what you leave with people. May the gods of Africa help you flap your wings as you move out of this place,” said Hatang.

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