Ekuseni Medium – Low Security Youth Prison

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Ekuseni Medium-Low Security Youth Prison


  • Nelson Mandela Children’s  Fund


  • New Castle, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

Year Completed

  • 1996

Scope of Services

  • Design of electrical and security installation
  • Evaluation of tenders
  • Supervision of construction

Key Factors

  • Donation to the Department of Correctional Services

Secelec was responsible for the design and project management of the electrical and electronic installations for this prison in New Castle in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The work commenced in October 1995 for the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

The capacity of the prison is 600 male inmates.  The prison comprises 24 housing units.  The housing unit houses 25 inmates each. Apart from the housing units, it also comprised the following units Admission, Visitation, Hospital, Counseling, kitchen, General stores, Workshops and an Administration section.  

The facility also has two galvanized security perimeter fences around it, which are 1950m in length each. The fences are spaced 4 meters apart and are monitored by means of a taut wire and short circuit detection system. 

The one fence is a taut wire fence and the other fence a delay fence.