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In June 1995, the BOSASA Youth Development Centres (YDC) were established in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Social Development. During this time, the government recognised the need for children in conflict with the law to be relocated from adult-occupied correctional facilities and cells to safer environments. This not only triggered a transformation within South Africa and the Child and Youth Care System, but also the beginning of the BOSASA Youth Development history.

At BOSASA, our desire to deliver excellent service and to give back to the local communities directed us in developing an effective strategy. It focused on the need for improved quality in the care services rendered to children in facilities and resulted in the successful implementation of Youth Care Centres nationwide. All of these Centres are responsible for providing care for children ages 14 and 17. In the case where a child is under the age of 14 years, the incident is referred to our Youth Centres. This child may then be granted a special arrangement to accommodate them.


The Mogale Youth Development Centre in Krugersdorp was the first secure-care centre of its kind to become privately managed. Now, together with all of its nationally based counterparts, they carry the same purpose. This is to provide children and youth with a second chance and give them the opportunity to be rehabilitated and reintegrated back into their communities. Treating them as children as opposed to criminals allows them the benefit of choice and the opportunity to build new futures that are full of hope.

With fully integrated Child and Youth Care Centres and our Programmes in place, our facilities offer children the possibility of repositioning and recreating their futures. The HOLISTIC Development Programme, a product of our Developmental Strategy, aims to channel the children and youths’ talents, desires, abilities and energy in a positive way. It is through NQF aligned, Seta and Umalusi accredited Vocational Programmes, Formal School, accredited Therapeutic Programmes as well as counselling and cultural and recreational activities, that this is achieved.


There is no denying that numerous challenges have had to be faced throughout the BOSASA YDC history. These include keeping our facilities clean, catering for large numbers and maintaining a secure environment for all of our children. However, despite all of this, we have never failed to provide exceptional care and full facilities management service to these disenfranchised children. By combining our abilities with our dedication towards social responsibility and service delivery superiority, we have transformed the quality of the care services offered to the children and youth. It’s as a result of this achievement that BOSASA is regarded as an example and market leader, especially in the secure care sector.

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