About the H.O.P.E. Foundation
We are grateful for the opportunity to share our passion and dreams for the H.O.P.E Foundation
In 2005, Jan Bester initiated a social upliftment program within the community of the Cango
Valley (Oudtshoorn) under the banner of “Friends of Voorbedacht”. The primary focus was to
address the needs of the children of Voorbedacht Primary School as well as a job creation
initiative to deal with the high level of unemployed in the local community.
In partnership with Swartberg Country Manor Guest house, more than 30 members of the local
community have been trained and employed at Swartberg Country Manor Guest house.
In 2005 Jan also established Swartberg Eco Explore which focussed on developing Guided Eco
Tours within the Swartberg Reserve. Various specialist Tourist Guides were trained to deliver
this service to local and foreign travellers. In 2007 the activities and services offered by
Swartberg Eco Explore were extended to include national guided tours and this lead to the
founding of True South Travel.
Being actively involved with CapeNature and the promotion of environmental responsible
tourism, as well as the expansion of the social programs within the Cango Valley and a school
project in Karatara (Knysna), Jan consulted with long standing, like minded friends and the
concept of the H.O.P.E Foundation was conceived. Collectively the H.O.P.E Foundation will
therefore focus on social upliftment programs as well as various conservation initiatives.
In August 2009, True South Travel was awarded a concession to manage the “Ou Tol” Building
(located on the Swartberg Pass) and the opportunity was then presented to the members of the
H.O.P.E Foundation to initiate their social awareness and environmental conservation programs
and initiatives from the “Ou Tol”.
• OUR MISSION:
To bring hope to impoverished rural communities in our country through sustainable social
upliftment programs and to increase environmental awareness through sustainable conservation
• OUR VISION:
To initiate social upliftment programs and conservation initiatives through the involvement of
local communities and collaboration with public and private enterprises.