Hilltop-Centre Tree
  • Hilltop Farm Landscape

    Hilltop Farm Landscape

    Hilltop is located outside the village of Hanover, near Bhisho, the capital of the former homeland, Ciskei, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

  • Volunteer Program

    Volunteer Program
    Volunteer Program

    Hilltop has for many years in the post-apartheid era encouraged a program of volunteerism to play a part in reconstructing a new path for South Africa.

  • Woody Cape Holiday Resort


    Situated right next to the Indian Ocean, this resort is the perfect escape for those looking for a place to spend some relaxing days.

    Whether it is superb fishing or exellent hiking opportunities, there is a lot to discover in the area!

  • Xhosa Culture


    The Transkei, home to the Xhosa people, is the only part of the country still governed by tribal authorities, and most of the region's inhabitants maintain a traditional lifestyle. The Xhosa people live in the traditional way, with ancient tribal systems still intact.

    The people live in thatched mud-brick huts peppered across the hills, without running water or electricity, and subsist through growing mainly maize.

  • Addo Elephant National Park


    More than 450 elephants, 400 Cape buffalo, over 48 endangered black rhino as well as a variety of antelope species are situated in the Addo Elephant National Park.

    Lion and spotted hyena have also recently been re-introduced to the area. The largest remaining population of the flightless dung beetle is located within the park.

ESM Development

Creating jobs is the single most important task to improve living conditions for the many previously disadvantaged individuals (PDI) in South Africa. Poverty and crime will significantly be reduced once people can take care of their basic needs. Supporting entrepreneurs to start a business or to help them grow an existing operation is the most promising route to create new jobs.

ESM Development AG (ESMD) has implemented a structure in South Africa for the sole purpose of investing in businesses of previously disadvantaged individuals and to provide them with the necessary business services and skills.

In order to qualify for funding, the entrepreneurs need to meet the following requirements:

  • Have a business plan and the skills and enthusiasm to execute the plan
  •  nable to obtain loans from traditional finance institutions because of the location of their businesses or because they lack collateral