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.

Platfontein Project

Platfontein
Eastern Cape Lesotho Platfontein

Platfontein (translated as flat fountain) is a location that represents the San community. This grouping of people became a point of focus at the Bloemfontein conference in 2014 with the theme of “Freedom Our Responsibility” (see www.zafor.ch). It was clear that the current so-called Bushmen are “God’s forgotten people” exploited throughout the years. There is no recognition that these are the remnant of the world’s forefathers and should be protected and supported.

The outcome of the Bloemfontein conference was to recognize these people and design a plan that is sustainable and integrated into South African society.

The Platfontein Project was one of the key resolutions and outcomes of the conference and successfully went into a 1st phase action. The plan, funded by a small Swiss network known as the 2 Hour Run group, gave the plan a significant kick-start. Fourteen candidates selected from the Platfontein community, were invited to participate in the growth and skills-creation project.

The two communities (iXun and Kwe) of Platfontein are located 8 kilometers outside of Kimberley in the northern part of the country. They endorsed the process and committed themselves toward the initial process of selecting and training Platfontein youth leadership in an intensive 6 month programme at Hilltop Empowerment Centre 800 kilometers away in the Eastern Cape.

The training included:

  • Computer skills, certified software and technical
  • Agricultural skills
  • Business skills including basic management and accounting
  • Basic life skills – communication, domestic science, personal management
  • English language skills, spoken and written

The follow-up to this training included the immediate installation of a computer centre in Platfontein. The infra-structure and renovations were completed with funds donated by the 2 Hour Run group and private Swiss donors.

November 2015 saw two exciting events: the opening of the computer centre and a wonderful graduation ceremony.

A business plan has been completed and submitted to the IDC (Industrial Development Corporation) for approval and funding of a long term sustainable development plan.