On Saturday, 8 April 2017, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will attend the graduation ceremony of the latest participants in the rigorous three month development programme for youth at risk at the Chrysalis Academy in Tokai.
Minister Plato will hand over certificates to 177 young men from across the Western Cape, including Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Manenberg, Ceres, Worcester, Beaufort West, Piketberg and Zoar.
The Chrysalis Academy set up in the year 2 000 runs a three month youth development programme for youth across the Western Cape who are not in employment, education, or training, have a minimum Grade 9, no criminal record and who are residents of the Western Cape.
Following their graduation on Saturday, all 177 of them will start their 12 month work placement opportunities on Monday, 10 April 2017, at the Department of Community Safety's various safety partners. These include local municipalities, city improvement districts, SAPS offices, Community Policing Forums, NGO's and at the Chrysalis Academy itself.
Graduation day for Chrysalis participants is not only a celebration of successfully completing the programme but also a new lease on life through the opportunities they have already taken hold of and those that await after graduation.
Source: Government of South Africa