The founders of the Delta Trust believe that what happens on local Franschhoek farms could have a ripple effect throughout their valley, the winelands, the country and even beyond.
Established in 2007 by the Astor and Solms families, the privately-funded Delta Trust aims to contribute to nation-building on a local scale, focusing first on the Franschhoek Valley, and more broadly, the Cape Winelands. Its mission is to contribute to greater social cohesion and inclusiveness in South African communities (which for obvious historical reasons were unhealthily divided) through careful, patient and creative local cultural work.
The trust supports a broad range of projects, including education, cultural heritage, social upliftment, sport and recreation. Its best known beneficiaries are The Franschhoek Literary Festival, an annual celebration of books and writers, and The Franschhoek Oesfees, an annual harvest festival for local farm workers that features the traditional, vernacular music and cuisine of the Cape Winelands.
Many local research projects that focus on previously ignored areas of study receive sponsorship from the Trust. Two of these are the Museum van de Caab, which explores the history of the ordinary people of the Franschhoek Valley, and Music van de Caab, a cultural centre currently in development which will frame and explore the colourful musical heritage of the Cape.
Some of the other programmes that have recently been supported by the Delta Trust are: the Ke Moja (Say No to Drugs) Campaign, the President’s Award Programme, Paarl Heemkring, Franschhoek FM Community Radio, Allandale Rugby Club, local Ladies’ Cricket Club, Cape Winelands Basketball League, and Spes Bona Football Club.