Newsletter April 2020 C


The Khanyisela teachers were really thankful for the food parcels that were delivered last week. Below are a few of the thank you WhatsApp’s that Daphne received.

We thank all the people who have sent through donations over the last week. It is really appreciated during these difficult times.

If anyone else would like to donate towards future food to the community, please click this link 

Please use lockdown-mobile number as your reference.

Keep safe everyone.

Dave and Daphne.

Newsletter April 2020 B

Khanyisela News Flash

Sitting here, comfortable and well fed in our flat overlooking the beach in Port Elizabeth, Daphne said to me I wonder how our Khanyisela teachers are getting on in the Amazizi village in the Northern Drakensberg?

Well, as the schools are closed and they rely upon the children’s school fees for their salaries, we realised that they would probably be struggling with money to buy food.

So Daphne said to me, “Should we look at giving them a voucher for Spar or Shoprite for food? “.

We emailed all the board members and all thought it was a good idea.

The idea of vouchers did not work out as the transport to and from Bergville to buy the food was problematic.

A few months ago a local farmer opened a depot for vegetables not far from the village. We did not know exactly what they sold, so after a phone call to one of the local teachers, we found out and also got an idea of what food the teachers needed.

We contacted the depot (Natalheim) and asked if they could prepare food parcels? A silly question. They have been very helpful and prepared these “parcels” (not really parcels as each one is approximately 55kgs of food). Maize meal, potatoes, rice, flour, onions, beans, butter nuts and oil.

Some of the food awaiting Delivery The first Delivery for 3 Teachers

Today Day 26 of lockdown, the 21st April, deliveries of the food to the school teachers is starting thanks to Megan and Hilton, (The Cavern) Jean Carte (Montusi Mountain Lodge), Peter Carte (Sungubala Echo Camp) and Loretta and Chris (All Out Adventures).The teachers will have food for a while.
Our thanks go to all the people who have donated to our project. We know that we normally only buy resources and use the funds for teacher training etcetera, but we felt that due to these exceptional circumstances our generous donors would approve.

The fortified porridge, which is normally delivered to the school has also been delivered so the parents/carers of the school children in the community can feed it to the children at home.

If anyone would like to donate towards future food to the community, please click this link 

Please use lockdown-mobile number as your reference.

Keep safe everyone.

Dave and Daphne.

Newsletter December 2019


As 2019 and this decade comes to a close we would like to thank EVERYONE of our donors and friends who have given us support and encouragement over this past year and the previous 10 years that Daphne and I have been associated with the Khanyisela Project.

The project has grown to 18 pre-schools, with almost 700 learners, 53 educators, most of whom we have sent to early childhood development courses, teaching assistants and cooks. Nine classrooms have been built, others repaired and maintained and all equipped with tables and chairs, educational toys, stationery and playground equipment.

Through this, over the past 10 years, over 2500 children of the rural Amazizi area, have been given the opportunity to learn through play, which gives them a great foundation to their educational future. A foundation that we feel is crucial for the development of our country.

So crucial, that we have started the BabyBoost programme, and initiated it in three areas of Amazizi. The programme was suggested and developed by Dr Marysia Nash from Edinburgh. The programme is designed to enlighten mothers and carers of the importance of interaction with babies during their first 1000 days, something we have found, since starting the programme, is not generally understood.

None of this would have been possible without your help and continued support. For this the whole team, Megan, Daphne, Georg, Jean, Liesje and I say a big THANK YOU.

May we wish all of you a Very Happy and Peaceful festive season.

Best wishes


Newsletter June 2019

Hi All,

Since our March update we have been very busy with the Belgian students, BabyBoost with Marysia and Gail, and Gertrud and Georg from Austria. It has been a hectic but good few weeks and thankfully the last couple of weeks before we return home to Port Elizabeth are a little quieter.

Read on to see what has been achieved:

Continue reading Newsletter June 2019

Newsletter February 2019

News Flash

Samekelokuhle Early Childhood Development Centre

When Daphne and I moved to The Cavern to help with their social responsibility programme in 2009, almost the first project we undertook was the building of the Samekelokuhle Early Development Centre. Two very enthusiastic ladies, Angel Thulile Sithole and Gabusile Maduna were running a little play group in a rondaval in the rural Busingatha area near the Royal Natal National Park and had requested help from the Carte families.

Continue reading Newsletter February 2019

Newsletter October 2018

Hi All,

After a long overseas trip to visit family and friends Daphne and I spent a busy few weeks at the Cavern holding jumble sales, delivering porridge and painting schools.

We then spent a very short time at home before Daphne hauled me off to Montagu to see the grandchildren.

We will be back at The Cavern in the New Year, hopefully to find lots more jumble waiting for us.

Read on to see what has been happening at the pre-schools:

Continue reading Newsletter October 2018