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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.

June 2017

Author Rommel Roberts and his book, Seeds of Peace

2017-06-25 16:11 by Robin Roberts

A hearty congratuations to Rommel for the completion of his book Seeds of Peace, the stories of silent Heros and Heroines in South Africa. It has been edited and is ready to be submitted to a publishing house. Two very dedicated friends, Jane Mqamelo of South Africa and Christina Stiefel who resides in Germany, partnered in a collboration to complete the layout and editing of the English verison of the book. Two years ago, it was published in German by Lokwort Publishing and is available for purchase on Amazon.com.

The books forward is by Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu. Seeds of Peace is  a book of short stories relating to unique individuals who from the days starting in 1973 through the years of the Aparthid, stories of those who contributed significantly to the freedom struggle moving into the new South Africa.

As a first roll out, Rommel bound and printed 250 color copies made for distribution and sharing with friends and business associates. The book is beautifully written and is a touching account of great individuals who have made a difference in South African history.

See more on our Face Book page

Kwaza Primary Computer Centre in Dimbaza Township

2017-06-25 15:00 by Robin Roberts

Kwaza Primary School

Hilltop has a Computer Centre at Kwaza Primary for the last 5 years with students attending classes as a part of the schools curriculum. Currently there are 62 students enrolled from grade 1 to grade 7 who are using the River Deep Programme from San Francisco, California for Maths and English, e-learning. The children gain basic computer literacy skills and the students also rely on the computer room, as a research centre using Wikipedia.

Kwaza's local computer class trainer is Nosiviwe Tolom a resident of Dimbaza. The centre and school over the past years has generally had a foriegn volunteer assisting in the centre. The students and the trainer, share an exchange programme of skills, culture and friendship. At this time Kwaza does not have a volunteer stationed there. Volunteers and the community benefit from this relationship. There are many positive outcomes for the volunteer, the trainer, school and parents of the area. The community and students widely appreciate this programme. 

You can see and find out more on Hilltop Empowerment Centres Face Book Page about our trainer Nosiviwe and the centre.

Daily Bread Children's Home Sewing Project

2017-06-25 14:25 by Robin Roberts

At Daily Bread, our volunteer from Switzerland Beatrice Felber is teaching dressmaking and sewing skills to children at Daily Bread. Currently there are 8 boys and 7 girls enrolled in the course. In Beatrice these children have found an incrediably great teacher and have learned to trust her as a friend and mother figure.

These children have throughly enjoyed their experiences of learning from Beatrice. They have gained the basic fundamentals in how to sew, using the machines and making wonderful products from pin cushions as the first project, to hand bags, into more difficult items like beautiful pilliows, skirts and head scarfs. The training has brought out the best in everyone! Even some of the house mothers take classes in the mornings.

Beatrice has become aquainted with our fabric stores here for purchasing materials and has discovered a new range and world of African fabrics! The children participating in the programme have discovered their talents and have a whole new appreciation for how to make attractive functional items and clothes!

Many thanks to the Bernina officials and management in Switzerland and in East London, South Africa for their very generous donation of six new sewing machines. Beatice and her supportive friends in Switzerland cannot ever be thanked enough for the milestone and positive footprint that is being established at Daily Bread, as a on going project for the life skills devolpment of the children. 

See more about this project on Our Face Book Page, Hilltop Empowerment Centre

Tribute Celebration Event for Mr. Ray Magida

2017-06-25 13:56 by Robin Roberts

A gala retirement celebration in King Williams Town for Ray Magida a former close associate to Steve Biko and Rommel took place in June. Ray and Rommel have had an association that goes back more than 30 years. 

Ray is a leading light in poverty allevation and rural developement specializing in permaculture. He and Rommel have worked together closely on these elements. Ray can take credit for the radicalization of Arch Bishop Desmound Tutu during his visit to the resettlement camps in the Eastern Cape.

For the event Rommel was accompanied by Robin, Beatrice Felber and their two foster daughters Nora and Owethu. Rommel being a guest speaker, recounted many of the highlights of Ray's and Rommel's career together reflecting on their shared history together. Many of Ray's influences where partnered with Rommel. It was a great honour for Rommel and family to participate at Ray's celebration. A large gathering of high profile people attended this very special event.

Ray's wonderful wife Kunjulwa was there and was especially acknowledged, as she supported and stood by Ray raising 4 successful children who are valuable contributors in South African society today.