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Prison Journalism Programme

Funds Raised:
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Fundraising Target:
R 250 000

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The South African's Prison Journalism Programme gives former and current prison inmates the opportunity to write about their time as inmates and what led them there, in an effort to dissuade others from going down a similar path.

Restore, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Cape Town, recently started a Prison Journalism Programme with The South African that aims to give the formerly incarcerated a voice to tell their stories.

Lisa Marqua-Harries, who co-founded Restore in 2012, says: “I definitely see this [Prison Journalism Programme] as part of reintegration and income generation for these young men, often limited by criminal records and stigma. 


“This is a project which is helping build self-worth and dignity for them. It is accessible even if they don’t have access to computers; they can work through our NGO and The South African to make it possible.”

Fawaaz Adendorff, a former inmate, wants to use the Prison Journalism Programme to impact people’s lives. “I would love to gain more writing skills and to also reach more people with our stories and make a positive impact globally.”

Restore helps current and former inmates of Pollsmoor Prison through a myriad of programmes under the “restorative justice” banner. 

Thus, Restore is the bridge that links The South African with the formerly incarcerated. With The South African, they are granted a platform to tell their stories.

How your donations will help: 

Once an ex-offender has submitted an article, he/she is paid a fee for their story. This puts money into the pockets of those who have struggled to earn a living during and after incarceration. 


Fundraising target

R 250 000.00

Donations to date

R 0.00

Prison Journalism Programme Campaign