Restorative justice can help us deal with the aftermath of the looting: Is an amnesty appropriate?
21 July 2021
By Mike Batley and Anneke Scheepers
Mike Batley is the CEO of the Restorative Justice Centre and Anneke Scheepers is the public relations and advocacy officer at Nicro. The proposal by the SA Council of Churches that there should be ...
The only way to tackle gender-based violence is at its root: the offenders
11 August 2021
By Betzi Pierce
As news reports swirl about a woman whose body was found on Women’s Day after having been raped and murdered, and amid an ever-increasing load of gender-based violence (GBV) cases, it is easy to become discouraged in the fight against the scourge.. With every passing year, there seems to be less and less to celebrate when Women’s Month rolls around...
111 Years of Unprecedented Accomplishments
Date: 10 September 2021
NICRO commemorates a 111 year-long legacy in South Africa this week. As part of our 111th birthday celebration, our teams across South Africa took to their communities and spent 111 minutes in service of others in need (images attached).
“This is our way of celebrating and remembering our long history and unparalleled contributions to human rights, juvenile justice, criminal justice reform, and social crime prevention,” said Betzi Pierce, CEO of NICRO.
“In the years to come, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to equipping those we serve to embrace positive, healthy, and sustainable lifestyles as an alternative to anti-social, risky behaviour, crime, and violence.
“Over the years we have conducted research, taken heed of best practice, learned many lessons, and finetuned our approach and interventions to fight crime in the best way possible”, she added.
NICRO calls upon every South African community to stand alongside us and help lead the way to ending crime by:
- Ensuring the protection of all children and vulnerable individuals
- Promoting and supporting healthy, functional family structures
- Becoming involved and encouraging every friend and neighbour to watch out for other community members, help keep them safe, preventing crime and violence where possible, detecting and reporting all forms of crime and violence
- Keeping our schools safe where our children can grow, learn and flourish in safety, and
- Standing together to take back our streets, our parks and our public spaces so that our children, young girls and women can enjoy a safe, protected environment.
We thank our communities for their steadfast belief in us. NICRO cannot change the face of crime alone but united we can only succeed.
ABOVE: Atlantis office donating to a local care home
ABOVE: Cape Town office doing a beach clean-up
ABOVE: Bushbuckridge hosted 22 stakeholders informing of new NICRO services.
ABOVE: East London Staff
ABOVE: Germiston office crime prevention awareness talk at Dinwiddie Secondary School - 138 Beneficiaries reached
ABOVE: Limpopo Office staff
ABOVE: Nelspruit staff celebrations
ABOVE: Elukwatini staff celebrations
Women’s Month 2021: We are here to make a difference
4 August 2021
As we enter Women’s Month 2021, it is hard to deny that the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV) seems to have worsened since 2020. The occurrence of GBV was intensified by lockdowns, which has left victims with little refuge as they are confined to the same living space as the offender.
That, along with the harsher economic climate, which is owed to the pandemic, has compounded the problem. In doing our part in the effort against GBV, we provide interventionist mechanisms in which we work with offenders, victims, and their families to heal from and prevent further incidents of GBV.
We also provide outreach services, where we work with broader communities to raise awareness while undoing the acceptability of GBV. Our view is that the less accepting our broader social structures are of GBV, the less likely we are to see it occur.
We are here to make a difference and we welcome anyone who wants to support us in making South Africa safe. For the last 111 years, NICRO has been working at the forefront of crime prevention in South Africa. Our goal is to bring about a crime-free society.
By Betzi Pierce, CEO of NICRO
Talking Tech for Good Episode 2 – Learner Management Systems
In this second episode of the Talking Tech for Good podcast, Luvuyo Maseko and Jason Bygate, delve into this topic in more detail. Luvuyo and Jason are joined by Simone Peinke from Jobstarter and Regan Jules-Macquet from Nicro – two social benefit organisations that have implemented eLearing more extensively in the last year...