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Heritage Tours in association with Uthando SA

(since 2003)

Heritage Tours support Uthando South Africa - Uthando (Love) South Africa is a unique and innovative Non Profit and Fair Trade in Tourism accredited company. The aim of Uthando is to raise funds and other forms of assistance for community development projects in South Africa.

James Fernie (director at Uthando) has generously considered the Trust on a number of occasions with ad-hoc contributions towards our programmes and projects. James nominated The Trust to assist Heritage Tours with an art competition where they challenged a number of their industry colleagues to put crayon to paper and produce artwork, which was then judged by the young artists of The Elsie Balt Art Classes in Darling.

Uthando work tirelessly in promoting awareness for visitors from all over the world about the townships and the lives of the people who live there through existing projects addressing mostly emotional, physical, economic and educational needs of the residents.


Art students

  • Enrico Fortuin
  • Shania Talmakkies
  • Brad Fortuin
  • Alicia Lewis
  • Salcey-Ray van Bo


  • Involvement of the artist
  • Use of colour Texture – variety of line, markings
  • Level of interest created with texture, colour
  • Creativity – difference of perception
  • Neatness – control of line, colour& design
  • Interpretation of the subject matter through line, colour, design and texture
  • Contrast Originality, uniqueness
  • “praat dit met jou?” – does it move you?

DELIBERATING… a tough task and decision


1st Sue Kasmar

The first prize was a ‘sure thing’ as 4 out of the 5 judges had chosen it as first without even consulting with one another! Beautifully executed!

2nd Susan Gordon

3rd Ellison Poe
4th Kaisa E Lentz • 5th Deborah Grogins

4th and 5th came in for originality and creative thinking….

Designing and making the rosettes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd

“Thank you Heritage Tours”


The SANA Bursary Committee hosted a successful fundraiser evening with Mrs Evita Bezuidenhout at the Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands (Cape Town) on 8 August 2014

Everyone was thoroughly enthralled by Tannie Evita and over R180 000 was raised for the SANA Bursary Fund.

The Bursary committee generously contributed of the funds raised, towards our outreach programmes – Thank you SANA and Keith Kirsten!

Keith Kirsten & Tannie Evita HANS HETTASCH from Arnelia Farms, Tasha St John-Reid - The Darling Trust, Keith Kirsten, Anna Cleophas - The Darling Trust : an evening with Tannie Evita in aid of the SANA Bursary....

Dorian Vehn, Antoinette Van Heerden, Tasha St John-Reid, Paul Darné Joseph Ottiger, Antoinette Van Heerden, Tasha St John-Reid, Griffin Bouwmaker-Falconer

Proudly holding up The Darling Trusts name at the first Darling Brew Extreme MTB Race

Darlings got Talent 2014

Darling Super Stars once again gracing Tannie Evita’s stage!

Darling has been showing off talent for a number of years at The Darling Trust annual Talent Show – ‘Darling’s Got Talent’ with Omnia Grobler who expertly coordinated and MC’d the last three years running.

A night of pure Darling Talent dazzled our audience on Friday 18th, Madiba Day celebrating Madiba’s ideals by encouraging our youth and community to follow their dreams and most importantly believe in themselves.

Excitement was high with an event and line-up boasting local talent from all corners of Darling – a variety of drama, dance, rap and a few darling ‘song birds’ shaking their tail feathers, show stoppers of note!

The Line-up

Jamelia Merkuur Seth Korte Llewellyn Sias
Eldri Rheeder Eden Ellison Colleen Damon & Janine Merkuur
First place: !Kwa ttu – ‘Golden Star’ – dance group Second place: ‘The Divas’ – dance group Lindsay Homan
Third place tie: Myra van Boven Third place tie: Guswill Cleophas Christelle Rheeder

As each contestant came on, the audience erupted because Darling truly does have talent.

Dianne Rossi from SAJE, South African Association for Jazz Education (www.saje.org.za); Desire Theunnes from Barney’s Angels in Darling and Frits van Ryneveld-van der Merwe from Mantis Mall in Darling, graciously gave of their time to judge this electric event and they all expressed what a tough decision it was to have to choose between each unique performance – settling in the end on originality, confidence and execution of each act.

This year we had 2 volunteers from the Darling community, assisting Omnia with the auditions, rehearsals and helping with the contestants on the evening of the show – a special Thank You! Enid Robat and Nikki Anderson.

As always the generous sponsorship from local businesses and residents for the prizes was overwhelming!

  • Book League (voucher)
  • Chicory Cheese - Anesia (delicious cup cakes)    
  • Darling Brew - Kevin & Philippa (cash prize)
  • Darling Meat Market – Kevin / Steven (meat voucher)
  • Evita se Perron  (show voucher 2) & the staff for all their hard work and help in making this evening a memorable one 
  • Kwa ttu – (a game drive)
  • Mantis  Mall  (gifts for judges)
  • Omnia Grobler – (Tuesday night dinner for two)
  • Owen Britz (French facial voucher)
  • Paul Darné (sound)
  • SAMRO Foundation
  • SPAR (hamper)
  • Steve’s Electrical (cash prize)
  • The Darling Trust (hampers)
  • The Darling Wine Shop – Charles & Janet Withington (cash prize & a duo of gorgeous wine gift for our judges)
  • The Village Vet – Jennifer Deverson (cash prize)
  • Uthando South Africa


The Talent Show - 'Darling's Got Talent' is one of The Darling Trust's many projects – focused as a 'life skills' program, creating a platform for providing the community with energetic and positive activity, building confidence, and harnessing and developing hidden talents.  There is a lack of activity for the youth during school holidays and The Talent Show caters for all age groups from all schools and church groups in Darling and surrounds. This event provides an opportunity for all individuals and groups to showcase anything they’d like to perform.

Thank you to those of you who braved the dreary weather and came out in support of these exceptionally brave and talented contestants.

Sound & poster design by Paul Darne from The Direct Effect (www.thedirecteffect.co.za), photographs by Carla Hildebrandt from BlueCheri Photography (www.bluecheri.co.za).

Thank you DARLINGS for your consistent support and well done to all the contestants - YOU ARE ALL WINNERS!

Get one of Tannie Evita's cookbooks and impress your guests at the dinner table
while contributing to The Darling Trust

If the road to reconciliation run through a country’s belly, Evita’s Kossie Sikelela cookbook provides its recipe for peace. She invites the whole country, the whole world to her table where everybody can feast on dishes like green bean bredie and cumin chicken with sweet potatoes. Who’ll be able to moan and groan between mouthfuls of walnut balls and pampoenkoekies, or baked apple clowns? Truly, there’s nothing like a generous helping of rabbit in red wine or guinea fowl with sultanas & hanepoot to bring forth brotherly love.

And liewe aarde, you will definitely want to be best friends with the orange trifle and Tannie’s melktert. Evita is always well prepared and includes recipes for diabetics and vegetarians, Halaal and Kosher dishes, and even recipes to keep as fit as she does.

Whether she entertains her grandchildren, caters for a picnic or plans a Christmas menu, Evita cooks up a storm.
Richly illustrated by artist Linda Vicquery, the expert behind the dishes.

Also included: many photographs of Evita and a preface by none other than Sophia Loren. Unfolded, the dust jacket is a laminated full-colour poster.

Also available in Afrikaans as Evita se Kossie Sikelela.

Evita's Kossie Sikelela (Umuzi) costs R175 including VAT and is available from selected leading bookshops as well as Evita se Perron.

All royalties go to The Darling Trust

Evita — acclaimed chef and icon of the nation — presents her recipes for delicious dishes gathered on travels in South Africa and around the world.
From the Cape to Limpopo, the West Coast to our president's home province, come divine platefuls: guineafowl with prunes, potroasted quail, quince bredie and orange duck. Pofadders, oxtail and even sweet and sour warthog.

Evita reinvents old favourites, and deliciously prepares veldkos — who would have thought of waterblommetjie chicken or dandelion salad for the dinner table?

Each recipe has been tested and vetted, and they're all ridiculously easy to make.

My liewe aarde, just paging through the book is a mouth-watering experience, with all these pictures taken on her visits. First there was Kossie Sikeleta, now there is Bossie. A new culinary front hits your table.

Evita's Bossie Sikelela costs R175 including VAT and is available from selected leading bookshops as well as Evita se Perron.

All royalties go to The Darling Trust

We are ever grateful for the support of each and every valued funder and contributor:
!kwah ttu Darling ◊ Adele du Plessis ◊ Alan & Tessa McManus ◊ Alexanderfontein ◊ Alfred Legner ◊ All Darling Guest Houses ◊ Allison Hart ◊ Ami Smutts ◊ Anesia & Paul Darne ◊ AMKA ◊ Angie and Mike Rutherford ◊ Anneli Smit ◊ Anri and Antoinette van Heerden ◊ Arks ◊ Atlantic Beach Golf Club ◊ Barbara Bowden ◊ BATA ◊ Bistro 7 ◊ Blue Cheri Photography ◊ Book League ◊ Bos Theaterproucties ◊ Breadline ◊ Brenda Dodgen ◊ Brenda Wintgen ◊ Brig’s Barn ◊ Broadway Cares ◊ Buitenverwaght ◊ Cafe Mosaic c ◊ Cape Country Properties ◊ Cape Gourmet Food Festival ◊ Chantal d Orthez ◊ Charles Whalley ◊ Charles Withington ◊ Chicory Cheese ◊ Church of Revelation ◊ Cloof Wine Estate ◊ Coenie De Villiers ◊ Crow’s Nest – Johan Snyman ◊ Darling Angels ◊ Darling Back packers ◊ Darling Brew ◊ Darling Cellars ◊ Darling Chickens ◊ Darling Ladies that Lunch ◊ Darling Meat Market ◊ Darling Olives ◊ Darling Pomegranates ◊ Darling Presbyterian Church ◊ Darling Romery ◊ Darling SPAR ◊ Darling Tourism ◊ Darling Wild Flower Society ◊ Dept of Social Development ◊ Diane Buchanan ◊ Diep river Police ◊ Dormehl Properties ◊ Dr Kemp ◊ DSD ◊ ECCO tours ◊ Engen ◊ Enrique Goosen ◊ Erica Joubert ◊ Ernst & Young ◊ Este & Francois Nel ◊ Evita se Perron ◊ Fransca Fuled ◊ Gameskin ◊ Gary and Chanda Barrows ◊ Glynda Mochele ◊ Godfrey Johnson ◊ Greater Good South Africa ◊ Grootepost ◊ Hannelie and Riaan Neethling ◊ HE Senacht ◊ Helga Campling ◊ Ineke Zwetsloot ◊ Inge Bos ◊ Ingrid Sinclair ◊ ISASA ◊ ITNA ◊ Ivy Johnson ◊ Jakkalsfontein ◊ Jane Wallace ◊ Janice Barrett ◊ Jean Beaton ◊ Jill Ritchie ◊ JK Wagner ◊ Jock Smit ◊ Julie and Des Fenning ◊ Just Trees - Paarl ◊ Karen Korte ◊ Keith Balchin ◊ Keith Hendry ◊ Keith Kirsten ◊ Kirsten Vervoer ◊ Lesley Sutherland ◊ Lewis Store ◊ Linda Viquery ◊ Lindbergh Foundation ◊ Mr and Mrs Linnert ◊ Loretta & Neil Rhoda ◊ Mackintosh Foundation ◊ Marmalade Cat ◊ Maryatta Wegerif ◊ Maxal Projects ◊ Medihelp ◊ MG Matzer ◊ Moiras Darling Food ◊ Nadine Brooks ◊ New Plant Nursery ◊ Nicolette Heijmerink ◊ NSRI ◊ Old Mutual ◊ Oppenheimer ◊ Ormonde ◊ Owen Britz ◊ Peter Goring ◊ Pick n Pay ◊ Paarl Police college ◊ PDU ◊ Planet Art Creative Centre ◊ R & L Architects and Interiors ◊ Random House Struik ◊Reach4Sight ◊ Reliance compost ◊ Rhoda Kadalie ◊ Rhodes University ◊ Ross Devenish ◊ Roundtable ◊ Rudewaan ◊ Sabine Platner ◊ Saffron Kitchen - Arizona ◊ SAMRO Foundation ◊ SANA ◊ Sandy Bailey ◊ Sandy Smuts ◊ SANEC ◊ Sarah Elphik ◊ Saun Mclauglin ◊ Sue Flight ◊ Soroptimisten (NL) ◊ Southern Equitorial Ferrari Automobili Club ◊ Springfield Convent ◊ Stargrow Nursery – Citrusdal ◊ Stefan Hurter ◊ Steve's Electrical ◊ Stichting Darling (NL) ◊ Susan Fine ◊ Swartland Municipality ◊ Taste of Darling ◊ The AS 100 Club ◊ The Darling Wine Shop ◊ The Planet Art Creative Centre ◊ The Village Vet ◊ Trencor (Hennie van der Merwe ◊ Tonja Verheul ◊ Trencor ◊ Uda Strydom ◊ Uthando South Africa ◊ Voorkamerfest ◊ Waterwise ◊ West Coast Padstal◊ WCCF ◊ Wim Visser ◊ WCED / WKOD ◊ WP Caterers ◊
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