The GSCID has taken on seven graduates from the Chrysalis Academy for a 9 month period of internship. The interns will be integrated into the GSCID’s daily operations and given exposure to all areas of its mandate with a focus on public space maintenance issues and working with the homeless in the area.

The  GSCID’s Social Outreach Manager, Ingrid Frieslaar, has conducted an  orientation workshop training them how to work with the homeless and what to look out for when on the street inspecting  maintenance issues such as road potholes and dangerous infrastructure.

Chrysalis Academy, an initiative of the Western Cape Provincial Government, was established in the year 2000 at Porter Estate in the suburb of Tokai. Its foundation was a response to the high crime rate in the Western Cape, especially due to substance abuse and the active gang culture in Cape Town’s mainly disadvantaged communities.

The trainees undergo a holistic and sustainable youth development program based on 3-month empowerment training that focuses on the individual’s physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual development.

At first the project only focused on young males aged 16 to 22 years, who were among the ‘most at risk’ to get absorbed by gangs, but since 2002 young females were also admitted. Since 2007, the age group has been expanded to 25 years and the project over the last 12 years has trained some 6000 young people from different communities to be empowered for the challenges of life.

“They are an enthusiastic team and eager to learn,” says Frieslaar, who together with Charl Brooks, the GSCID’s Operations Manager,  will be overseeing the trainees during their employ with the GSCID.  

The trainees will be issued with bright luminous GSCID branded bibs to wear while on the beat. “We welcome the interns to our organisation,” says GSCID CEO,  Anthony Davies. “Please look out for them on the streets. They are our extra security and maintenance eyes and ears.”

Chrysalis Staff Members

The seven young Chrysalis trainees who will be interning at the GSCID for 9 months.
They are from left to right: Lubabalo Maqungo; Natheer Davids; Luvuyo Magaba; Ridaa Davids (front); Ralton De Kock; Yanda Spayire and Lifa Nchanda






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