Better lives for rural people

THE HANTAM COMMUNITY EDUCATION TRUST is a comprehensive educational and development project situated east of Colesberg in the Great Karoo. Begun as a play school in a disused farm building 25 years ago, it has grown into an early learning centre, primary school and intermediate school, housed in a complex built on land donated by a local farmer. The Trust utilises advanced educational methods, including innovative new approaches to achieving basic numeracy and literacy, and helps its learners to complete further education and training. It also manages community health and youth development programmes.


New ECD Centre at the HCET

The HCET has gained a new ECD Centre. Funded by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), it comprises two classrooms, a play area, and various other facilities, secured behind a palisade fence. Read more >>

HCET activities in early 2024. For details, see Hantam Diary 2024.

HCET Annual Report 2022

We’ve released our Annual Report for 2022. As always, we’ve worked hard to provide a comprehensive account of our activities. To download a desktop version, click on the button below.

HCET hosts FASD workshop

From 13 to 15 June 2023, the HCET hosted a FASD workshop at the MAMAS Alliance headquarters in Johannesburg. Read more >>

Chef trainees attend Cradock Food Festival

On 27 to 30 April 2023, HCET trainee chefs attended the annual Cradock Food Festival, where they hosted their own stall and gained valuable experience at others. Read more >>


An early start

Young children benefit from an effective parenting programme, followed by intensive early learning in a dedicated ECD centre.

Quality schooling

Learners are taught by highly trained teachers using specialised teaching methods, aimed at achieving high levels of literacy and numeracy.

Further education

Successful learners are given bursaries for further education and training, and receive continued guidance and support.

Youth development

Young people who do not continue their formal education benefit from a focused youth development programme.

A healthy community

Learners and their families receive home visits from health workers, and benefit from a community health clinic and pharmacy.

Community participation

Parents and other community members support the Trust, and are actively involved in its governance.


30th anniversary celebrations

On 30 July 2019, we celebrated the HCET’s 30th anniversary with a production of dance and music in the Colesberg High School hall, depicting the journey of children from our humble beginnings to the present.

Thembinkosi's journey

This short video captures the essence of our mission. It traces the life of Thembinkosi Matyeka, who rose from a labourer’s cottage in the district to become junior South African champion welder. As Thembinkosi says, ‘Not bad for a kid from the Karoo!’