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Lydia Montjane Head of Social Services and Programmes Nationally in Bosasa

Lydia Montjane is a qualified Social Worker and BOSASA employee that we are proud to have as the current Head of Social Services and Programmes nationally. Lydia started her career with the Mental Health Federation of South Africa dealing with mentally challenged youth and adults. From there she joined NICRO (National Institute for Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offenders; [www.nicro.org.za]) working with young people in conflict with the law. In 1999 she started her career at BOSASA, and has been a valuable member of our team ever since. Lydia was the first person to be made Head of Professional Services at BOSASA Youth Development Centers in 2002. She was later appointed as the Unit Manager for a partnership initiative between BOSASA and the Department of Social Development called Khayalethu.
With Khayalethu she worked with unemployed youth as well as those working and living on the streets in the West Rand. Lydia is very proud of this project and the fact that her team was awarded 2nd place in the service excellence awards by the Premiere of Gauteng. In 2010 Lydia was instrumental in developing new programmes to comply with the change in legislation and the passing of the new Child Justice Act 75 of 2008. The Act set forth new regulations regarding the care and rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law. Lydia and her team have worked endlessly to make sure that all BOSASA Youth Development Centres are properly accredited by provincial government in accordance with the Act.

Her Current Role

She is currently working on furthering her own education by completing her Masters in Social Work. As part of her course she's evaluating a new programme called “Colour my World” which is focused on changing the behaviour of youth and children charged with or convicted of, sexually motivated crimes. Her study aims to evaluate the efficacy of the programme, to judge if there are any positive changes in the behaviour of the children. She will also document and evaluate the long term benefits of this sort of programme. This could prove invaluable in the treatment of children with sexual dysfunctions.

Lydia is extremely passionate and committed to her work with all of the BOSASA youth care facilities. She is thoroughly dedicated to the education and upliftment of young people in South Africa. Through the programmes that Lydia and her team at BOSASA develop and implement she hopes to change the lives of the children while they are in her care. Hoping that the BOSASA programmes will have a lasting effect on their lives. The aim of her programmes are always to take the long view and give the youth a solid foundation-both educationally and emotionally. She believes that the youth of our country play a very important role in their communities, and that if properly educated and supported they can truly make a difference. Her approach is based on nurturing children, with the intent of unearthing the latent potential of each one. Lydia feels that through BOSASA's programmes she will be able to fulfil this dream.
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