Goodwood Awaiting Trial Prison

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Goodwood Awaiting Trial Prison


  • Department of Correctional Services


  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Year Completed

  • 1997

Scope of Services

  • Planning and Design of the Security System
  • Compilation of Tender Documents
  • Evaluation of Tenders
  • Supervision of Construction

Key Factors

  • First “Direct Supervision Prison” in South Africa
  •  IDEAS electronic control system

Secelec was responsible for the design and project management for the integrated security system for the first new generation type prison in South Africa located in Goodwood in Cape Town. 

The capacity of the prison is 1224 inmates.  The prison comprises 6 housing units.  Four housing unit houses for 272 inmates and two housing units houses for 68 inmates. There is also an exercise yard for every 68 inmates.  Apart from the housing units, it also comprised the following units Admission, Visitation, Hospital, Counseling, kitchen, General stores and an Administration section.  All the doors, cameras, officer event log, intercom and public address sub systems in the facility are controlled by an Intelligent Distributed Electronic Addressable System and integrated into an integrated security system. The movement of the doors is achieved by a pneumatic system