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.

April 2016

Maersk Container on the Road to the Port

2016-04-29 22:27 by Robin Roberts

The enthusiasm and the great efforts made this project a wonderful success with patience and loads of cooperation. So many have shared in the joy and anticipation of these Bikes, PCs and  Laptop being shipped to Africa to find a new home and new purpose. Perhaps such a sense of deep satisfaication and achievement can be best shown in the smiles of all the friends,  families and of the individuals who shared in this group effort.

The very positive public response to this project says volumes for what is possible to increase the good for others in the world,  an espeically good fortune for those in South Africa.

Even on days of cold weather conditions,  working around snow storms many shared in all that is right about making a difference despite the winter and spring weather conditions! Collecting, organizing and packing these goods also gave opportunties for all involved to dream big and imagine what profound joys and ease of life will be created with such good efforts!

 

Please stand by for more pictures to be seen and posted! On our Bike PC Project- 

Bicycles, PC's and Laptops in Switzerland for South Africa!

2016-04-28 17:21 by Robin Roberts

It's all about giving

In the past several months friends of Hilltop in Switzerland have made possible a support project linked to Hilltop. Friends and organizers have collected Bicycles, PC's and Laptop Computers. The project went public when two bike shops advertized and two journalists published the action in three big newspapers in Switzerland. Velafrica supported the team with advice and there became the creation of a very exciting community effort! Enomous planning, meticious organization and preparation has taken place  with collection points, sorting, de-mounting pedals, checking PC's, the packing and loading involving forward thinking and lots of time to get the shipment just right.

Two enterprises for bike repair, one with disadvantaged people supported the project and team. The shipping company Optimo provided free professional quality packing materials.

Hunderds of people brought their bikes, computers and laptops for donation which will in the Eastern Cape be recieved by beneficaries in the rural areas and townships in order to enrich their lives with bicycles being an inexpensive source of transportation and computers for educational purposes and enhancement of skills training, knowledge and professional expertise.

A large task lies heads and in the Hilltop Team with the challanges of unpacking and training people as bike mechanics and organizing the meaninful distribution of the  PC's and Laptops! The shipment is scheduled to arrive at the end of May!

Many thanks to all the very kind and caring people in Switzerland who have contributed to this valuable life changing project, honouring and assisting underpprivilaged people and a number of communites in South Africa.