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  • 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.

March 2016

A Warm Welcome to Shama Arnold and Enslin Smith!

2016-03-21 11:48 by Robin Roberts

Shama has come to Hilltop from Johannesburg to spend three months training with health specialist Ursula Wyss to undertake the study of Ursula's natural health solutions for healing and wellness. Shama's family has known Rommel for the past 50 years and in the course of conversation it became apparent that Shama would like to come and learn from Ursula Wyss. Shama's education and career field is in accounting and office administration. A large departure from the intense city life. Shama is enjoying the first two weeks of her training and has made meaningful contibutions to assist with Ursula's Power Point Presentation on alternative medicine.

Enslin Smith arrived 4 weeks ago from the farming town of Alberta. A very small town with high unemployment, people living in this community are forced to leave the area for other opportunites as the town has nothing to offer the youth or unemployed adults. This young man is only 20 years old and has come to Hilltop to train in the IT workshop with Jolin Oktober.

Enslin has a dream and the hope of being able to achieve a certain level of multiple skills so he too may become employed one day rather than spending his days as a jobber standing on a curb asking for work as a labour. Enslin is a gentle person who tends to take time to do a task completely well and correctly, upon iinstruction.

We wish both Shama and Enslin to be patient, uphold their commitments to their trainers and we hope that they may discover their true passion by the skills and mentorship that they are recieving at Hilltop Empowerment Centre.

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Opening of Two New Computer Centres - Linux4Afrika

2016-03-20 18:55 by Robin Roberts

Hilltops trainer for the new centre is Nelisa Boboti who has been with Hilltop for the past 7 years and is delighted to have this new challenge at Inkwenkwezi. She will be training and teaching computer literacy using special educational programmes in Maths and English. These are focus crisis areas in the Department of Education.

The second is in a deep rural area in Tamara located near Peddie. Here Hilltop has installed 20 computers in this high school where Simon Poni from the Dimbaza Centre will be training. Simon has 8 years of experience working for Hilltop as a trainer and reguested to open up his centre in his home village of Tamara. This new centre was opened in the first week of March 2016, 250 students will be learning on these computers and benefit.

Both centres include a wide range of educational programmes including the Ubuntu operating system and other software. It is a wonderful achievement to set up another two centres in the Eastern Cape!

At both centres the plan agreed with the school management is that students will share the labs on a rotational basis as a part of the school time table with the grade 12's getting the greater share of the time with this being their final year. 

We acknowledge and thank Linux4afrika for the donation of these computers which will make a significant impact in these communities.

Rommel Roberts and Ursula Wyss Honorary Guest Speakers

2016-03-20 18:08 by Robin Roberts

Ursula was able to share perspectives as growing out of her 26 years of experience as a practioner in Switzerland. Her lecture was very well recieved with the heightened interest and response very evident. The students had questions regarding many of her practical solutions, wanting more information that seemed to touch them in a very personal way.

Rommel was sharing a specific model developed from 40 years of practical experience as a human rights activist. Both presentations where very well recieved. Rommel's presentation was seen as unique with students expressing regret that this type of knowlegdge is not shared at schools. The indepth information and understanding the roots of conflict together with techinques for resolution was very helpful and gave a whole new insight into self knowledge and personal developement. The students felt that they came away with practical tools to prepare themselves for the future.

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Welcome Ursula Wyss

2016-03-20 17:08 by Robin Roberts

Ursula is a specialist in the feilds of Acupunture, Reflexology, Tissue salts, Massage, Chinese Medicine and is a teacher of Qi Gong. Ursula trained for many months to learn English before her arrival in order to share her knowlege and skills being able to teach and conduct workshops here in South Africa.

Ursula's unique focus is to assist people here with the typical health issues that people suffer from such as Diabeties, Ulcers, HIV- AIDS, Tuberculious, High Blood Pressure, Cholestrol, Gout, Arthritis, Digestion problems and Immune disorders.

Ursula has a wealth of holistic health solutions and remedies which is of great interest to many South Africans in the Eastern Cape.

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