At The Royal Portfolio we believe passionately in investing in Africa. We believe in sustainability, local community upliftment and in conservation. Revenue from tourism should be used to ensure sustainability of the industry, to create jobs and to conserve Africa’s precious wildlife and spectacular landscapes for generations to come.
Royal Malewane Projects
A visit to the local community is inspiring, humbling and educational.
Our mission was to create a meaningful change in the lives of the children of the Sigagule Crèche, by creating an environment where they could learn and have fun in a safe and healthy environment.
Royal Malewane with the help of generous donations from our guests has been able to complete meaningful improvements at the school including the building of an additional classroom, laying water pipes to the kitchen and building new toilet facilities, hanging blinds and repainting, building a jungle gym and play area for the children and planting a vegetable and fruit garden (which now supplies 80% of their fruit and vegetables) and planted fruit trees.
But most importantly, we have been able to introduce a ‘Step By Step’ teachers curriculum for Sigagule and the other rural schools in the area. Read more here.
Transfers for all guests to Sigagule are free of charge.
More than three rhinos are brutally killed every day in South Africa. The guiding team at Royal Malewane are on the ground fighting the war against rhino poaching. In partnership with the Protrack Anti Poaching Units, we are making a real investment into the survival of these majestic creatures.
Birkenhead House Projects
National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)
The NSRI station in Hermanus has been operational for over 35 years and covers the coastline from Cape Hangklip to Quinn Point. The Hermanus volunteers have been involved in more than 500 rescues. All the sea going members of the NSRI are unpaid and rely entirely on donations from the public for upkeep of their equipment. The NSRI is a charity that saves lives. They would not be able to do this without the unpaid volunteers who offer up their time and risk their lives to aid those in peril. Without generous donations from the public the volunteers would not have the equipment that they need to go to sea in all conditions. Birkenhead House is proud to support the NSRI in Hermanus through monthly contributions so that they may continue the selfless service they give to the local community.
This little soccer team is made up of 8 to 12 year olds from the local township, Zwelihle in Hermanus. It was started by a man who is a handyman by trade and he started it to help keep the children busy after school and off the streets. He started the project a few years ago and relies on donations from the local community. Sport is an important part of community building and plays a vita role in physical and social development. Through the generous support of our guests we have been able to donate soccer boots and other equipment.
Masibulele Crèche looks after about 150 children from infants to 5 years old. They rely on the local council for support, but so much more is needed. There are 5 teachers that work voluntarily and who do not get paid. Parents pay a school fee of about R50 a month and this goes towards food, stationery, toys and toiletries. Sweetness Rwexan is in charge at the school and she has humbly asked for assistance with building material, garden maintenance, toys, food and other basics. They do not ask for money. They are amazing ladies doing the best they can for their little community.
La Residence Projects
The Kusasa Project
Based in Franschhoek, this organisation aims ‘to stimulate children’s minds & aspirations to a future beyond poverty – a brighter & healthier tomorrow. La Residence currently provides financial support towards the project to help maintain and improve the educational opportunities which the project currently provides, such as their literacy programme, sports exchanges and field trips. On a weekly basis, Kusasa feeds 700 children through their Breakfast Club, and provides after school support such as homework, reading sessions and other clubs. The Kusasa Project also supports a crèche, which our guests are welcome to visit.
The Dame Hilary Cropper Charitable Foundation
The Dame Hilary Cropper Charitable Foundation was founded in 2005 with the aim of supporting disadvantaged young people in the developing world. More specifically, it seeks to help South African children by providing care and education. They aim to set up a school or training facility for young people in the Cape Winelands to educate them on viticulture and wine making.
Two of the Foundation’s Trustees, David and Jilly Best, came to La Residence to talk about this idea and La Residence is assisting with the set up by offering work placements for students and giving advice and support where possible.