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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


    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


    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


    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 2016

Hilltop Carpentry and Mike Klaas

2016-09-19 09:16 by Robin Roberts

30 Years of Experience

It is a pleasure  to see Mike in Hilltops Carpentry department working with great care and patience. He has a high interest in making the area of cabinet making and wardrobes and other business and household needs a successful venture for those who are looking for home improvements and furniture related items.

Mike is working as a independent contractor and we wish to see him make the most out of Hilltops Carpentry workshop and make a successful  business for the years to come!  

Hilltops IT Lab

2016-09-19 07:16 by Robin Roberts

they started assisting Jolin in IT and when Jolin left there was a natural skills transfer that took place in order for them to know how the department operates. It was very fortunate and unplanned timing that the two having indepth IT skills being very capble to assist in the department with various needs as they arise.

For the time being, Enny and Godwill are staying at Hilltop overseeing the farms security which is a relief especially knowing they are here at night patroling the premises  and are also able to handle IT related duties with ease and enthusiasm. With 6 years of IT experience and taught by a IT specialsist in the Free State they have enough skill to manage the department wisely and with a high lvel of skill and compentcy.

In the evenings, they have  been studying the Red Hat Bible for Linux over one thousand pages from cover to cover!

Please see our new Face Book page: Hilltop Empowerment Centre for more stories and pictures!

Farewell to Jolin Oktober

2016-09-19 06:34 by Robin Roberts

It has been three years and Jolin is just about to celebrate his 20th birthday in the month October. In August,  Jolin felt it was time to move back home to be close to his family and son. Having grown termendously especially from his time spent in our IT Lab Jolin grew into being a accomplished IT techincan and trainer.

With a natural talent in the field of technology Jolin  developed into a skilled and confident techinican where he was able to teach others like the Platfontien Youth, IT skills in 2016 over a 6 month period.

Thank you Jolin for your years of service and we wish you the best of everything in your endeavours for the furture!   

Swiss visitor comes to Hilltop

2016-09-19 05:39 by Robin Roberts

Carmen has visitied one of the projects supported by Hilltop The Daily Bread Childrens Home for abused Children. She met with some of the management team there and she was warmly recieved. Daily Bread is very interested in any assistance that can be offered by Sarah and they offered her accomodiation on the property and even the possiable use of one of their vehicles for the weekend use upon approval. Sarah has found the Daily Bread to be an wonderful place where she can assist in many areas there and has her own set of skills and desires to apply to the programmes there at the home.

W look forward to having Sarahs return in January 2017 for a year of voluntary service which would add great value to the Daily Breads facility and help where needed with the management team. 

She also visited a director of a Childrens Home outside of King Williams Town in  the village location of  Quzini where children are in need and Amanda Maritz a former employess of Child Welfare and Child Protection Services is starting her own home for orphans and also educating and assisting disabled children in the community. This could be another venue to assist and make a difference as well. With Sarah's skills and special care many levels of healing and nurturing can take place in the lives of many in need. Thank you Sarah for caring and  for being willing to serve our communities here in the Eastern Cape with your desire to give and nurture others!  

Welcome Sarah Acton

2016-09-19 05:21 by Robin Roberts

Business skills training at Hilltop

Sarah is based at Hilltop Farm and travels to the Dimbaza Business Centre and King Williams town where she teaches 4 classes per week. Sarahs first impressions is that she finds it a exciting challange and enjoys teaching and imparting her knowledge. She realized that the level of skill is quite low and has had to make some adaptions to her teaching style.

On the living side she has had to make quite an adjustment from the Sandton city life to living in the rural Hanover Village enviroment.  Life for volunteers can be quite challanging at Hilltop. In some cases international voluntters have had to brave it and live in a shack under crude conditions.

We welcome Sarah to our community and thank her for giving of her time and wish her lots of luck and continued success during her stay in the Eastern Cape!    

Bicycles from Switzerland

2016-09-19 00:00 by Robin Roberts

A new kind of joy in the East4ern Cape!

Security guards and petrol station attendants come, also general labours who normally would walk 2 hours to get to work can get a bike and ride to their work in 25 minutes making a huge difference saving time while getting fit!

There are cycle groups and clubs coming for race bikes and mountain bikes that involve youth and adults, manily the people who are riding bikes in our area are all village boys and men.

It is amazing to see just how much happiness and joy it brings people especially the children of all ages! So far we have sold 35 bikes during our winter. With the spring season here we are going to see even more people coming to the farm to purchase bicycles, seven days a week!

Robin is overseeing the stock control and sales of the bikes and our two IT techicans Enny and Godwill  are servicing the bikes and making sure they are ready to ride and to insure the bikes are prepared properly. The locals are so impressed by the quality of these bikes and by the way they look!

Thanks a million to those friends of Hilltop in Europe as this has really made a lasting impression and impact on the lives of many here!