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1 November 2018

Capita South Africa partners with Marks and Spencer to help equip children for school

Capita South Africa is committed to supporting one of the country’s greatest challenges – education and youth employment.

We take a company-wide stance on our role in society and look to tackle local issues in the communities we work in. Supporting local school, Sinenjongo High School, is part of Capita South Africa’s ongoing pledge to support young people and families in the area.

Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park, an informal settlement in a suburb of Cape Town, is a new school, to replace the previous set up of temporary classrooms. Most of the students come from lower income families and some find it difficult to support their children with equipment and school uniforms.

In partnership with Marks and Spencer, Capita South Africa provided 96 children, nominated by the school, with a complete uniform consisting of five pairs of socks, two pairs of trousers and two school shirts as well as a new pair of school shoes and a blazer.

You don’t know the impact that this is going to make in the lives of some of these learners because, the one thing about uniform, it puts them all at the same level. It takes the poor child to be a rich child, so that’s what you’ve done through these uniforms.

Principle Napote

Sinenjongo High School

Capita’s relationship with the school began last year, when we opened our second site in Maitland, Cape Town, and pupils from the newly relocated Sinenjongo sang at the opening celebrations. But, after visiting the school, we realised that it was in urgent need of an upgrade to its computer centre which could only cater for two thirds of a class. We assisted in the set up of two computer labs, which are both now used by the students for CV writing, scholarship applications and job seeking.

We will continue to work with Sinenjongo High School and are looking to employ 32 students from the school in 2019.

This is a great example of true partnership. Fantastic to support the local school and children, which underpins our values of transforming communities together.

Tony Granite

Head of operations, Customer Sales & Service Centres, Marks and Spencer

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