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

    Mandela

    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

    Xhosa

    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

    Addo

    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.

September 2014

Paul Weissinger Returns to Hilltop

2014-09-27 17:57 by Robin Roberts

Former German Volunteer Returns to South Africa

Vuyokazi still works on the project for the Tumi Valley schools. She is the manager of the 5 schools and their computer centres. Project managers in England have employed Vuyokazi for several years now. She has her drivers license, a car, laptop computer and modem for internet and a great relationship with her European employers. Vuyokazi is doing very well. Her experience with Paul and from others involved with Hilltop has made a real difference.  Pauls assistance and efforts in the project grew and many children in the schools were impacted in a very positive way through computer learning and the centres which still continues today. Thanks to the foundation phase of Paul's and Vuvu's efforts that they spent together for those 11 months in 2009.

It was absolutely wonderful to see Paul again and meet Kathi. We appreciate the sustainable and lasting impact of his efforts made that are still in motion today.

A Dream Comes True for Lilitha Socenywa

2014-09-27 16:31 by Robin Roberts

Lilitha gets new Prosthetics

In February 2014 Anita moved from Hilltop and went to The Daily Bread Childrens Home. There she has adusted well to the new enviorment and her new home with the other children. Just this month in September, Anita's dream was realized. Some of the management team at the Daily Bread fundraised for Anita and they were able to have Roland Toogood the owner and manufacture of a Prosthetic's company make a new pair of legs and feet to enable Anita more height to stand taller and prosthetics with feet, so that she can now wear shoes! Two weeks ago we went to visit Anita at Daily Bread. She was wearing a beautiful sueded pair of sports shoes in sky blue. She was very pleased and proud. The person who was able to organize that enormous fundraiser truly has a very compassionate heart and Anita is very thankful for this achievement. Many thanks for the kindness and efforts of Daily Bread to make such an effort on behalf of Lilitha Socenywa, a dream come true. Congratuations to our special girl Anita!

Freedom and Responsibility Conference

2014-09-27 15:15 by Robin Roberts

Bloemfontein, South Africa, 26-30 September 2014

The 48 guest speakers from a variety African countries and Europe will explore all sorts of subjects.  Some of the topic's during the 4 day conference are: Beyond forgiving, Acknowlegement of Responsiblity for the Past is Essential for Reconciliation: The Problem of Denial of Complicity, The Power of Conciliation,Healing Wounds of the Past, Ecological Development in Agriculture, Panel on Sustainablity,  Renewable Energy, Leading from the Inside to Progressive freedom, Trauma Tapping Technique, Neuro Education Program, School for Change Makers, Moving Spiritis-The San People, Agriculture, Regeneration of Waste Land, Healing the Wounds of the Past, Global Alliance for Peace, Leadership in the Times of Crisis and so much more. The conference offers something for everyone. In attendence are 180 participants who are also able to enjoy Cultural Programmes for entertainment in the evenings after the evening dinner. Our Swiss volunteer Sina Fischer is there as well, as a participant, to assist the management team and to capture the event with her photograghy camera.

South African Artist Robin Roberts

2014-09-27 14:51 by Robin Roberts

Lastest Success and Exhibits

Robin is exhibiting 14 charcoal drawings 11 are of the Aloe Ferox plant a study which Robin has spent many months in process, to understand the plant. The main subject the Aloe Ferox or otherwise known as the Cape Aloe stands on the fence line in Hilltops field and has been a deeply interesting study for Robin. The current art exhibit is at The East London Muesum at Latimers Hall amoungest many other artists work, should any of the drawings sell 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the St. Bernards Hospice for people living with AIDS this makes this annual event a popluar one due to the good cause and it's purpose.

Spring Update

2014-09-27 13:31 by Robin Roberts

Some of our lastest activities

In August, Annette Meyer zu Baxten a primary school teacher from Germany arrived to Hilltop. Her purpose for coming to the Eastern Cape was to see how she might be able to link one of our village or township schools with her school in Ulm. Annette spent two weeks working and reviewing the systems and staff at two schools, one in Hanover Village the other in Dimbaza Township. She also had the opportuntiy to get to know the staff within the schools intimately and to learn of their needs, challenges and daily struggles. It was an enlightening experience and very interesting for Annette. She also had the opportuntiy to stay and Woody Cape Holiday Resort and to tavel with Rommel and Christina Stiefel to Cape Town for 5 days, a  powerful and fabulous adventure for Annette. It was a pleasure having her as a guest at Hilltop and a very memorable time for us. Thank you Annette for coming to South Africa to see what the possiblities are for the future with our children and yours in Germany. Your inicaitive in relationship building could truley lead to inspiring those involved from both sides to build further friendships, higher learning and a brighter future for the learners and teachers! 

Christina Stiefel, our dear friend and the translater of Rommel's book from English to German arrived from Freiburg Germany for a 2 week visit. Christina's time here was for a visit to see us, visit our projects and to simply take a holiday break and enjoy South Africa. Christina was able to see many of our projects and travel to Cape Town with Rommel and Annette where she had the honour to meet and spend time with Arch Desmond Tutu at the St George's Catherdral in Cape Town. As well as many other digniteries such as advocate Paul Hoffman, senior attorey Richard Rosenthal and many others who Rommel had written about in his book. Christina had many marvelous expereinces in South Africa during her two week stay. She has written a report with photgraghs on her time here which we will post for reading about Christina's greater insights into our work and life here in South Africa.