Community News






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.



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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.



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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.


Soccer Good news !!!


It is with great pleasure that we want to share the following news with you.


Two soccer players of The Railton Foundation team were selected for the national team that will represent South Africa at the 2019 Homeless World Cup in Cardiff, Wales in the United Kingdom in July.


As per the criteria for participation, we now have to conduct the mandatory home visits and apply for their passports. Thank you Aviwe and Rudi for your dedication to develop potential world class soccer players. 👏👏👏👏👏⚽⚽🏆


Congratulations to Jade Williams and Yandisa Nomadluka. Bennedict Tieties, you are also a star because you made it to the top 25!


We trust that the community of Swellendam will unite to assist you in preparing for your trip abroad.



Railton Foundation Swellendam hosted the Dance & Drama Showcase events on Thursday, 11 April 2019 and Friday, 12 April 2019 at Swellendam Secondary and VRT Pitt Primary Schools respectively.


The showcase was the culmination of the dance and drama development project funded by the Community Arts & Culture Centre Federation of the Western Cape and the national Department of Arts & Culture. The drama production was an extract from a script written by Freek Oerson “Geld wat Stom is” as well as poems written by the participants during their Creative Writing workshop presented by the acclaimed Diana Ferrus. Freek Oerson is the drama facilitator for the project.


The dance showcase included the waltz and rumba (Latin American) that was danced so beautifully by the project participants and Hilton Clarke, the facilitator, is very happy with their progress. This project has a positive impact in the development of all participants. The audience really enjoyed what was presented to them on both days.


We want to thank all the contestants for their participation and want to assure them that they are winners in their own right and can be proud of their development. We really appreciate the good cooperation and support of the management and SGB of Swellendam Secondary and VRT Pitt Primary Schools.


The Board of the Foundation wants to extend a heartfelt thank you to the project participants, the sponsors, staff, volunteers and Board of the Foundation as well as the audience for making these events to remember, and we are looking forward to the continuation of the project.



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Railton Foundation Swellendam, in collaboration with our valued stakeholders, hosted the Sport against Crime sports day at VRT Pitt Primary School on Saturday, 13 April 2019. The National Chairperson of Sport against Crime SA, Vincent Daniels, travelled to Swellendam to support the event. Nine (9) netball teams, ten (10) soccer teams and six (6) tag rugby teams participated on Saturday, and it was great to see the healthy sportsmanship of the team members as well as the enthusiastic support of educators, coaches, officials, sponsors and parents.


Old Mutual sponsored medals and trophies and Peninsula Beverages and African Bank sponsored additional gifts for the winning teams.


The following teams were the winners for the day:


Sport Code Winners 2nd place Player of the Day
Soccer Young Tigers Olyfkrans College Aphiwe Seboko
Rugby Bonties Fire Boys Nolan Swartz
Netball Bonties Humble Crew Shadenique Solomons


The Board of Railton Foundation Swellendam is grateful to everyone who assisted to make this day a success and wish to thank the following stakeholder a

nd service providers for a job well done:


Rotary Club Swellendam (sponsor), SAPS Swellendam & CPF Swellendam (sponsor), Sport against Crime, Old Mutual (sponsor), African Bank (sponsor), VRT Pitt & Bontebok Primary Schools, Swellendam Secondary School, Olyfkrans College, Swellendam Netball Club, Working on Fire Swellendam & Cape Nature, BADISA Swellendam, the MOD Centres (Department of Cultural Affairs & Sport), Mark Conrad and Morne’s Catering & Décor Services.


The positive messages given to the participants by the Law Enforcement agencies and other organizations carried a lot of weight and we sincerely hope that they will use it in their daily lives.


“A child in sport is a child out of court”


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