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.

June 2015

Platfontein Students Excel In Computer Technology

2015-06-03 16:52 by Robin Roberts

The Office Administration module is linked to a financial training course with Executive Accountant Wendy Alexander who has been training the 13 students from Platfontein on Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. These Saturday classes will continue until the end of August, as Financial Accounting and Administration is a critical skill for the students to learn with competence. Applied Excel linked to Wendy's financial training course, which constists of basic accounting for small businesses. A 300 page mannual is provided by the company Pastel with the Software Programme that is being used in the classes.

Currently, the course has expanded into Technical Training on Harware and Software Applications how to programme and Network, with the objective in July of preparing 30 computers and two servers that will be transported and used in Platfontein. The test scores on the techincial side have ranged from many getting 100% and in the high 90's to some that have achieved 86%  and afew in the 70% percentile, some lower results at 53% and one test result at 40%. The lower scores are due to the language barrier, as some students arrived with little knowledge of English and have had to work even harder to grasp the English language in order to pass the exams with clear and concise understanding.

English Skills Oral and Written have improved remarkably and all of the students with great effort have contually tried to use English rather than their home languages of the Kwe or Ixun, Afrikaans being a second language and Englsih their third. The students have tried their best to over come the stark hurdle of being non English speakers, with great amazement they are coming along very well, the weakest English speakers are making the greatest effort with considerable gains.

Congratulations to the Youth of Platfontein! We are very proud of you!