Friday, 19 October 2018
Crime Prevention, Youth and Young Couples PDF Print E-mail

Mxolisi is active in several programmes and networks in the Chesterville Township, Durban

Isikhathi seWashi Crime Prevention Organisation (ISCPO)

Isikhathi seWashi integrates ex-offenders when they come back from prison. It also supports families of offenders and ex-offenders to understand what offenders are going through. Isikhathi seWashi extends its services to schools, organised youth formations such as sports clubs, churches and the business community in the area. ISCPO’s strategy emphasises interaction between different sectors of society. This is done through counseling, workshops, drawing, drama, music, and sports and by organising cultural activities. The organisation also supports needy school children with basic schooling materials. Mxolisi is Deputy Chairperson of ISCPO.

Zethembe Adult Centre

Mxolisi is an advisor to the centre supervisor, an ex-offender committed to strengthening skills in the community. Mxolisi assists the centre in different ways to recruit learners, classroom setting and administrative support. He is also called upon to provide strategic guidance in most of its activities. The centre invites Mxolisi on an occasional basis to come and motivate tutors and learners.

Chesterville Youth Network

Since Mxolisi is known for providing mentorship and inspiration to young people, network members asked him to assist them to better shape their sporting and youth activities. Mxolisi spends at least two afternoons with the youth at a sports field in Chesterville, talking informally with the youth. He meets twice a month with the network executive to discuss strategic means to advance their projects. The youth involved play basketball, swimming (their team is the Chesterville Octopus), soccer (male and female teams) and indigenous games. Career guidance, counseling, inspirational and motivation discussion and workshops on lifeskills are among the activities arranged. The network began the process of registering as an NPO in 2008.

Chesterville Young Couples

Mxolisi is married and stays with his wife, Nontokozo, their son, S’phamandla and daughter Nonkululeko of Mxolisi’s older brother who passed away in 2002. Mxolisi is a convener of a group that meets once every two months to support couples who plan to get married, are in the process of getting married or are already married. Sometimes female and male groups meet on their own to discuss issues that affect them specifically. Couples and families also meet to socialise, relax and celebrate special occasions such as anniversaries, graduations and birthdays.