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Cederberg stars re-imagining the future through leadership

People are at the heart of the Bushmans Kloof success story.  The staff and the local communities, from which they emanate, give Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat its authenticity, history and future social, economic and cultural sustainability. The remote nature of the area creates immense challenges for local communities; for education, jobs, career development, family unity, and next generation stability. As a result, the Bushmans Kloof staff, their families, and the local community, is a priority of the property’s business philosophy and operation.

Beyond its boundaries, Bushmans Kloof, through a number of initiatives and projects, has for many years, been a supporter and sponsor of Elizabethfontein Primary, the local farm school, attended by staff member’s children.  One of the highlights of the school year is the annual Leadership Camp, where Grade 7 learners from Elizabethfontein and two other local schools, Wupperthal and Grootkloof Primary, broaden their horizons…and head for Cape Town.

In 2015 and again this year, Bushmans Kloof and the Treadright Foundation, teamed up with Bishops, an independent school in Cape Town, to facilitate the camp. With the focus on developing leadership and life-skills, as well as offering the students a ‘City experience’ (many of whom, have never ventured further than the small rural town of Clanwilliam), the Cederberg Stars Leadership Camp, proved to be an experience for the students, as unforgettable as it was life-changing.

Thanks to the support of numerous individuals and organisations, each providing a contribution (time, cash and kind), the students were exposed to a range of motivating people and presentations, had a fair share of fun with visits to the Aquarium, the movies and up Table Mountain and took on a physical challenge or two, made a little easier by the pair of takkies donated by Hi-Tec.

The success of this year’s Camp and the potential impact on the 34 learners who were involved, is a motivating factor for the ongoing support of this worthy project,” says Rory du Plessis, General Manager of Bushmans Kloof.  “By empowering young people in our communities, we are contributing to creating a future which is hopeful and able to fulfil the dreams of our children.”

Creating a sense of purpose through employment and career prospects at Bushmans Kloof and elsewhere, we believe will have enormous benefits, not only for the immediate communities, but across the wider circle of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection.”