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Kutama Sinthumule Correctional Center

Sparrow Rd
Makhado, Limpopo 0920
Phone: +27-15-519-4500
Fax: +27-15-519-4502
Capacity: 3,024
Client: Republic of South Africa Department of Correctional Services
Accreditations: International Standard Organization (ISO) 9001:2008

BACKGROUND: On July 27, 1999, South African Custodial Services (SACS) was awarded a contract to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain a 3,024-bed maximum security prison in the Limpopo Province. SACS is comprised of two equal partners: The GEO Group and Kensani Corrections (Pty) Ltd. South African Custodial Management is a subcontractor to SACS. It is owned 62.5% by the GEO Group and 37.5% by Kensani Corrections (Pty) Ltd.

SCOPE OF WORK: Finance, design, construct, operate and maintain a 3,024-bed maximum security prison for sentenced male inmates. The new prison is designed and operated in a manner that ensures the prison population within its perimeter behaves in a controlled and orderly manner. Inmates will be held in individual, double and four-bed cells with integral sanitation. The facility offers structured day programs, including work, education, training, recreation, physical education, and counseling.

FACILITY DESCRIPTION: SACS has designed housing units that group similar populations around a common core design and incorporate education, sport, recreation, vocational training, and healthcare into central areas. Each housing group has its own indoor recreation hall and adjacent recreation court. Meals are served in the common area of each housing unit eliminating the need for a dining hall and preventing intermingling of inmates. Prison support services are centrally located for ease of delivery. The infrastructure is designed to accommodate up to 3,024 beds. Cells in the general housing units are comprised of 360 double occupancy cells (720 beds in three buildings) and 576 four-bed cells (2304 beds). The visitor center accommodates 150 visitors and 50 inmates.

ACCREDITATION: In August 2003, the prison became the first prison in the country and the continent of Africa to obtain the International Standard Organization (ISO) 9001:2008 certification from the South African Bureau of Standards. What makes this achievement even more remarkable is the fact that this certification was obtained within 18 months after the official opening of the prison and with its first application.

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