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 2015

Building Renovation in Platfontein

2015-09-19 13:54 by Robin Roberts

Computer Centre and Service Centre Coming Soon!

there will be a Service Centre for repairing computers and a Postnet type office services such as cv writing, photocopies, faxing and internet services will be offered to the community

some of the students from Hilltop who live in the Platfontein community will be running the project, as their training at Hilltop has given them the skills to facilitate the services and computer training at the centre.

The neighbouring primary and highschool will benefit, as the schools students will attend classes at the centre, adult education will be offered as well.

There will be a grand opening and Hilltop graduation in November which will include a welcoming of the delegation from Switzerland, the representatives that are responsible for the sponsorship of the training programme, the renovation and the new computer and service centre in the community.

Local dignitaries will be in attendance at the event and we look forward to the joyous celebration and the new beginings in store for the community to move forward with skills and education to be shared and used for the growth of Platfontein as a whole.

We thank all the cocerned people in Switzerland and around the world who have taken the time to consider the lives and furture of the people of Platfontein, holding these people and project as a priority, creating sustanible growth and changes making a real difference here in South Africa and especially in Platfontein. 

Kwaza School In Dimbaza Welcomes Volunteer from Ulm Germany

2015-09-18 16:47 by Robin Roberts

Kwaza Primary School, Warmly Welcomes Mariam Orosz

It is a real benefit to the school to have a qualified teacher volunteering her time to be at the school daily, as a support to the princial and the other teachers, as needs arise and also to share teaching techinuques and methods an exchange from both countries.

Kwaza Primary School has had a volunteer programme on going with young adults from Germany for several years and the benefical rewards for the volunteer and the school are mutual, as it is bringing more learning and education into the hearts and minds of the learners and all those considered with education and this German South African connection.

Many thanks to Mariam and to the children and families of Dimbaza Township for so warmly allowing Mariam to feel so at home in the community and at the school! 

New Volunteer Arrives to Hilltop

2015-09-18 16:06 by Robin Roberts

With great pleasure we welcome Alexandra who will be sharing her skills with the Platfontein community!

Alexandra Müller has travelled from Hörhausen Switzerland to volunteer for Hilltop. Alex is here to share her knowledge and high level of skills in Landscape Gardening. Upon her arrival she spent four weeks at Hilltop farm for her orientation with Robin and Rommel and others on the farm. Since then, she has relocated to Woody Cape Holiday Resort where she is training one of the Platfonteiners Arnesto Kabiyola. The two have been using Woody Cape as their training venue Arnesto has a keen interest and talent in growing plants and working with them. He is currently learning new skills, while assisting Alex for the past 4 weeks in the advanced training.

Soon their time will be coming to an end at Woody Cape and in the new week of September 21st they will move on and travel north to the Kimberly area they will work directly together in the community of Platfontein where they will be landscaping the outside area of the upcoming computer centre! 

Hilltop Students Return Home to Platfontein

2015-09-18 14:38 by Robin Roberts

Our very proud sudents take their skills and knowledge back home!

IT Technology, Computer Literacy, Excel Accounting, Internet training and Pastel Accounting was offered on Saturdays. English training was a subject that met great results with lots of practice and oral presentations which where filmed and played back to the group. Everone acquired typing skills and some well beyond a beginners level. Land at Hilltop for a Market Garden was provided where the students erected a fence and planted hundreds of seedlings, within the six months we were all able to see the results of their consistant work in the garden which produce beautiful vegtables some of which were sold and others used here at the farm. Egg laying chickens were also cared for by the group and the benefits of having fresh eggs daily was encouraging.

The commitment of our five trainers was the foundation of which through termendous effort and care for the success of the students, created a solid platform for remarkable achievements for all the students which everyone is so proud of. It is with a termendous amount of energy and long hours that produced high test scores and truely unbelievable achievements within the group.

Congratulations to our students who had the deep desire and courage to take a chance and leave Platfontein for six months and take the challange to be at Hilltop and make a success of it.

We are grateful to our trainers holding enornous patience to advance the Platfonteiners to such a high level. Now the students are back home and the real work begins taking their skills and learning into the community through various programmes that are currently being develped in partnership with the Platfonteiners sponsors and Hilltop.