Community News


Dear Stakeholders, Sponsors & Service Providers.

I hereby wish to inform you that the carnival was a huge success.

The amount of  people who attended surpassed the total of people who attended the event last year.  They enjoyed performances by local and national artists such as Hakkiesdraad Hartman, Gellyblik & Maxi,  A1 Crew,  Afrikaans Ruk, local DJ’s – Pro , Cribo & Star and Maak my Famous contestants The Unknown Dance crew . Our  annual Dance Xplosion Competition was judged by professionals such as Nolan Jacobs (2019 International Dance Star winner)  Lauren Josephs starring as Zoe (Suidooster actress) and Maurice Paige starring as Ty (Suidooster actor), was the MC. The highlight for the children was the carnival rides and there were 26 stall holders who offered a wide variety of food, sweets, cakes, toys, clothing, jewellery, novelties and many more.

The professional sound and stage sponsored by Peninsula Beverages enhanced the entertainment and the services offered by SAPS, CPF, Swellendam Neighbourhood watch, Swellendam Municipality, Overberg District Municipality and other service providers added a lot of value to the successful execution of the event. Sponsorships and donations made by various businesses, institutions and etc. is greatly appreciated.

On behalf of the Board and staff of Railton Foundation Swellendam, we wish to thank you for the excellent support rendered in this regard.

Yours in community development




This exciting competition was aimed at offering an opportunity for young people who ‘dare to dream’ and living in the Greater Swellendam area.
Amanda Shackley, known as Mrs Gram, is the amazing woman who initiated this idea and Amanda asked the Railton Foundation Swellendam to assist her with the competition.
She feels deeply that the creative, the imaginative, the thoughtful, and the shy are overlooked in the rush to be noticed or to make parents proud.  So the idea of a competition to reward creativity, imagination and skill was developed around images of strong black women. And the stunning dolls, designed by Yolanda Donkers, have created that image.  A three day workshop for the proposed participants was held in the March school holiday in order to help them with their preparation for the competition. The three categories for the competition was 1) design an outfit/costume for your idea of a female African Superhero; 2) write a story about a female African Superhero; 3) write a story about a female African Superhero and illustrate it.
Amanda and her husband Dave raised funds by hosting a quiz at Woodpeckers Pizzadeli and these funds were used for the price giving.
57 learners from Vleiplaas Primary School (Barrydale), Net vir Pret (Barrydale), VRT-Pitt Primary School, Swellendam High School and Suurbraak Primary School entered the competition. The judges were our own Vanessa Pfotenhauer – Self-taught designer/dressmaker and business owner of Rosy Posy, Jason Hartman aka Hakkiesdraad – designer and multi-talented artist and Yolanda Y’awe: The multi- talented performance poet and singer.
The price giving took place on the 31st of August at our community carnival, where the beautiful and vibrant artist, Yolanda Donkers performed and had the crowd on their feet and enjoying themselves.
The winners in the 2 categories are:
1st Jaden le Roe (Hoërskool Swellendam)
Sketching set+book
Luvuthando doll
R1000,00 cash
2nd Gift (Net vir Pret)
Student sketch book
Luvuthando doll
R500,00 cash
3rd Samonia Bronne (Net vir Pret)
Woodpecker voucher
PNA voucher –R100,00
Luvuthando doll

Writing a story:
1st Nikilitha Twalo (VRT- Pitt)
Woodpecker voucher
Luvuthando doll
R500,00 cash
2nd Donneyca Mtila (VRT – Pitt)
Woodpecker voucher
PNA voucher – R150,00
Luvuthando doll
3rd Thuliswa Kesa (VRT – Pitt)
Woodpecker voucher
PNA Voucher – R100,00
Luvuthando doll

Winner: Jaden le Roux
3rd Place: Samonia Bronne



Railton Foundation Swellendam hosted the 3rd dance Competition at the Community Carnival on the 31st of August 2019 at the Bontebok Primary Sportsgrounds.
Contestants from Swellendam, Kensington, Cape Town and Suurbraak entered for the competition and a total of 7 crews and 2 solos participated. The atmosphere at the event was electric but also in very good spirit thanks to the Program Director, Maurice Paige (Suidooster actor) who really rocked! The sound and stage were on point thanks to our service providers, Peninsula Beverages (Coke) and Graham Sound & Stage respectively.
The independent judging panel consisted of Lauren Joseph (Zoe in Suidooster), Nolan Jacobs (2019 International Dance Star solo winner) and Barry-Lee Goetham (Hiphop Dancer and instructor). They were very impressed with the quality of the performances as well as the well-organized event and indicated that they will definitely assist the Foundation with this type of event in the future.
The winners of the 2019 competition are:
In 1st Place: Kensington Dance Crew – Prize R3000 (they successfully defended their title and took the trophy back to Cape Town)
2nd place: Identity – Prize R2000 (local Swellendam crew)
3rd place: LMNTRIX 021 – 1000 (Project 021 from Athlone)

Solo in 1st Place: Brinley Palmer

2nd Place: Johndre Booysen

We want to thank all the contestants for their participation, especially the crews that travelled from Cape Town and want to assure each one of them that they are winners in their own right because of the great sportsmanship that they displayed!

Our sponsors for the competition were (in no particular order) Clock Peaks, Chatz Connect Swellendam, Wimpy and Top Carpets. Their contribution is sincerely appreciated. A heartfelt thank you to the contestants, sponsors, staff, volunteers, community and Board of the Foundation as well as the audience for making this a memorable event to look forward to next year.

In 1st place: Kensington Dance Crew

2nd Place: Identity
3rd Place: LMNTRIX 021
Solo 1ste Place: Brinley Palmer
Solo 2nd Place: Johndre Booysen






Railton Foundation Swellendam held a small thanksgiving function on the 11th of July 2019 to congratulate Yandisa on his selection to the South African Homeless Street Soccer team to participate in the 2019 Homeless World Cup in Cardiff City, Wales from the 27th of July to the 3rd of August 2019.


Yandisa is very proud that the coaches invited him to become a part of this select soccer programme. As a member of the South African team, he will play other select teams from other nations across the world and it is an honour for him to represent our country and Swellendam at this event.


As Clifford Marthinus, the Coordinator for Oasis Linking Lives said in his congratulatory letter, that “homelessness is understood differently across the world and the official international organisation is named; Homeless World Cup and it is based in Scotland. In South Africa; Oasis is the official organisation in our country to select and prepare a team and we do this through selecting youth from various NGO services that deal with youth at risk, youth living on the street or youth living in adverse conditions of which all have the desire for better personal development opportunities through initiatives like this one. You have been identified through one of these criteria which falls within the requirements of Homeless World Cup.”


Railton Foundation Swellendam plays a pivotal role in the development of 4-a-side soccer in Swellendam and as a result, exposed Yandisa and other youth at risk to this opportunity. He is one of 3 players that made the national team for 3 consecutive years (Aviwe Ganyathi – Oslo 2017; Rudi Pieterse – Mexico 2018 and Yandisa Nomadluka – Cardiff 2019).


His mother is so proud of him and his coaches, the chairperson of the local LFA as well as the Foundation team and the broader community wish him and the team good luck and safe travels to Cardiff and back.



“From the Community, With the Community”








Railton Foundation Swellendam, in collaboration with various role players, hosted a holiday program from 18 to 27 June 2019 at various venues in Railton.


We had different themes for the program such as indigenous games, arts and culture, gardening, the importance of reading, various child protection and safety aspects, self-defense, animal protection, career expo and nature conservation. Children were also made aware of their rights, but their responsibilities pertaining to their rights as well.


An average of 150 children from the Railton community participated daily in the program. The stakeholders aim to keep children constructively engaged in a safe environment while simultaneously learning new skills with the activities of the holiday program. Participants also received a cooked meal every day.


The staff and Board of Railton Foundation Swellendam wish to thank the management and staff of the following stakeholders who helped in several ways to ensure the success of the 8 day program:


Bontebok Primary School, Bontebok National Park (SANParks), Working on Fire, Cape Nature, SAPS Swellendam, MOD Center and the “Neighboring Schools”, ACVV Swellendam, VRT Pitt Primary School, Badisa Swellendam, Morne’s Catering & Decor Services, Department of Social Development Swellendam, CPF Swellendam, Swellendam Municipality (Railton Library and Human Resources Department), Swellengram, Bulletin, Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Swellendam, Swellendam SPCA, Rosy Posy, Department of Health (Swellendam Hospital), Overberg District Municipality (Fire Department), the participants and the broader community.



“From the Community, With the Community”


DONATION OF FURNITURE FROM AFRICAN BANK The Staff and Board of the Railton Foundation Swellendam wants to thank you for the donation of the 3 office chairs, the 2 bucket chairs and the desk. This donation assists us to create a more professional office set-up. We appreciate your contribution to the development and the investment […]

Community Garden

Railton Foundation Swellendam


Community Garden Project


The Foundation has operated community gardens for the past 3 years. The current garden is made possible by the willingness of the Parish Council of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church to make land available for this purpose as well as funding from the Breede Gouritz Catchment Management Area.


The purpose of the community garden is partly to provide vegetables to feeding schemes in Railton. These feeding schemes provide a nutrition meal to about 50 children per occasion and are totally dependent on donations. The surplus is sold to institutions and the public and the funds generated are used towards making the project sustainable.


In January 2019 we received a generous donation of seedlings from Reinette Heunis of the Mawubuye Masikuhle Project in Suurbraak. The Department of Agriculture also donated seeds and seedlings for the garden. We also use leiwater supplied by the municipality.


There are currently vegetables such as beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, potatoes, onions, garlic, beans and etcetera planted and we are very grateful to Jerome February who is so dedicated working in the garden and operating it as an organic garden with the help of Alistair Jack and Petrus Joubert, board members of the Foundation.


We are looking forward to introduce groups of children to learn more about gardening. This will be done in collaboration with Badisa, ACVV and the schools.


If there is an interest in getting involved or supporting the project, please contact Petro at our office at 0621017812.


Railton Foundation Swellendam in collaboration with Swellengram presents a Design and Story Competition

This exciting competition aims to offer the opportunity for young people who live in the Greater Swellendam area, who ‘dare to dream’, to win something very special. It is aimed at young people between the ages of 8 – 16 and is designed to reward imagination and independent thinking. There are three categories –
• design an outfit
• write a story about a female  Superhero (mother,granny, teacher, aunt)
• write a story about a female Superhero and illustrate it.
Participants are asked to think about what makes someone a superhero – what is their superpower? What is their mission in life? How will they solve problems and make the world a better place?
This competition is for the child who enjoys creative expression, but who often gets overlooked in the rush by others to get noticed by parading down catwalks, appearing in plays or scoring winning goals every week.
If you know a child like this, or if you are a young person who identifies with this, then visit the Railton Foundation office in Veldkornet Street, Swellendam to get an entry form. Prizes will be awarded by the creator of the dolls, Yolanda Donkers internationally known singer, who herself, ‘dared to dream’. Her story is an amazing one – and she will be coming to Swellendam to present the prizes as part of a Womans Day event in August.