According to the experts, it is still not over yet and it will take a while until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. As citizens, we have a responsibility to adapt to new fundamental ways of living. Yes, our lives have really changed in many ways and it is not going to be business as usual from now onwards until this virus is gone.

Although everyone is doing their utmost best to flatten the curve of the Corona virus, the development of this pandemic and the devastating effect it has on each citizen across the countries at large that is still our main concern. We have seen many businesses retrenching people and shutting down. This has brought stress and anxiety to many families. However, the President and his team are doing everything in their power to open up some economic relief through the risk adjusted strategy to minimise job losses.

The government has been experiencing budget cuts and as a state-owned entity, we are seriously affected in this regard. We have been working non-stop and hands-on by rendering our essential services to our beneficiaries and all clients throughout lockdown. We have changed and improved most of our internal systems to render services to our clients and we will continue to do so in order to be an instrument of change in making a difference in the lives of our communities. They need us most during this COVID-19 lockdown.

This season has not been an easy one and on behalf of Casidra SOC Ltd’s Management, I would like to thank our mother Department of Agriculture, under the leadership of Dr Ivan Meyer and Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, for always putting your hope and trust in us to deliver project management services to the communities of the Western Cape. We thank our Board of Directors for always giving us guidance and our staff for showing commitment and dedication in delivering services to beneficiaries.

Our heartfelt condolences go to all families who lost loved ones. We put ourselves in your shoes. Do not despair, be strong and have hope for a better tomorrow.

Let’s all continue to adhere to the country’s lockdown protocols and take personal responsibility during this time of crisis to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our loved ones against infection.

Freek van Zyl
Acting CEO

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