The rolling out of the Western Cape Schools Support Programme continues to bear fruit.  The implementation agency of choice, Casidra, reported that thus far, approximately 1300 beneficiaries have been placed in the various schools across the Western Cape Province.

According to Casidra’s Senior Project Manager, Leon Faro, these beneficiaries are coping extremely well and there are no red flags reported besides positive feedback from various school principals and other stakeholders.

Faro said, “We strive to pay stipends to the programme beneficiaries on time.  That is what lifts the morale and motivates the beneficiaries.  They really demonstrate commitment and we also appreciate the efforts made by the principals to ensure that we receive attendance registers on time”.

Casidra is now starting with the second phase of the programme, which is to conduct interviews and assessments for beneficiaries.  This process will take place from 28 October until 25 November 2016.  The first 200 beneficiaries are from the metro area (Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha).  The purpose of this exercise is to prepare the beneficiaries for permanent placements when they exit the programme.

“This is an excellent initiative and Casidra would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the stakeholders involved and to continue with the positive spirit/drive to make this entire programme a great success”, Faro concluded.

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