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The ebullient and irrepressible Thembalethu Nhlebela

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Themba has over a number of years performed a valuable role in helping her imprisoned participants to learn to play – with ideas, with notions of the self, and to be inventively and compassionately experimental in relationships. The prison environment is a toxic environment not conducive to emotional health. As such, it readily corrodes self-confidence.

Themba’s work as a Facilitator, perhaps deriving its extraordinary energy from her past as a prisoner herself –  which has granted to her a deep understanding of what the recovery of self entails – has been salutary to her colleagues and group participants. She is the quintessential Phoenix.

We salute her.

A magical photo of Temba during group work in 2006 with some of her young partcipants in that year - all with painted faces during the session.

Welcome to Phoenix Zululand

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Phoenix Zululand conceives and runs continual projects in the ten prisons of Zululand, which is an informally and traditionally defined region on the east coast of South African in the Province of KwaZulu-Natal. The organization’s headquarters are in a small town called Eshowe in central Zululand. Phoenix is an independent organization of civil society. It has a close working relationship with the Department of Correctional Service (DCS) of the South African government.


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With good wishes


Jane Argall (Director) and the Phoenix Team

The principles underlying our work

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

This summary statement of our principles has frequently been the cause of exciting exchanges of views with others working in the criminal justice system.
The principles underlying Phoenix work



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