THE DARLING TRUST is a charitable trust that assists the Darling community. Established in August 2003 by founding member, former trustee and present patron, Pieter-Dirk Uys – The Darling Trust is set up to assist the previously disadvantaged communities of Darling. The aim: To empower individuals to help themselves, mainly through participation in the sectors of education, skills development and health.

The Darling Trust implements projects that are meticulously planned, effective and fully accountable. Additionally acting as a channel for funding for our communities, by identifying areas of need and assisting those who endeavour to address those needs. Funding to these individuals and organisations is carefully considered and continuously managed to promote sustainability and accountability.

* Pieter-Dirk Uys’s private political activities are wholly separate from The Darling Trust and likewise, the beliefs and stance taken by The Darling Trust are not necessarily representative of those of Pieter-Dirk-Uys. For further information on Pieter-Dirk Uys, please see his website www.pdu.co.za or the website for Evita se Perron www.evita.co.za

The Darling Trust features in London

London, Monday 8 May 2017

On behalf of The Darling Trust I would like to express abundant gratitude to all these fabulous people who came together with Tannie Evita and Pieter-Dirk Uys in aid and support of the educational and outreach programmes of the Trust.

The Darling Trust has grown and expanded over the years with focus on the wellbeing of the Darling community.  Literacy, care of the aged, education and skills development continue to form the core of our activities.

It is an honour to partner with individuals such as yourselves – thank you Jill Ritchie and you’re A-team of worker bees who gave so generously of your time and energy…

Tannie Evita with Jill Ritchie & her team

Pieter-Dirk Uys with Patricia Macnaughton

Darlings Got Talent 2016

‘Darling’s Got Talent’ turns 10 The annual highlight on Darling’s cultural calendar, Darling’s Got Talent celebrated its tenth anniversary this year: on Friday 25th November. Evita se Perron opened its doors to the 2016 lineup of twenty-eight contestants:  singers,...
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Christmas time at Evita’s Darlings

All Santa’s helpers came along to Evita’s Darlings to make sure that each learner was made to feel special and noticed, for all the hard work they put into their first year of school! Thank you to Santa’s elves: Liz Koegelenberg for all the pressies which came...
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Evita’s Darlings “Under the Sea” End of Year Concert

On yet another glorious Darling evening, Evita’s Darlings, their parents and teachers got together for thee event of the year! After weeks of preparation, dance and costume making – a variety of star fish, sea horses, octopus, jelly fish, mermaids and fish graced the...
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60 new books from New Africa Books!

Spring has sprung this September – our budding learners at Evita’s Darlings love to read, with a growing library for each class – thank you Dušanka Stojaković  for 60 new books from New Africa Books!
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Athletics Day 2016

Evita’s Darlings’ winning team of teachers put on a spectacular day of sports, fun and competition between the 3 pre-primary schools of Darling - Evita's Darlings, Klouter Kabouter and Darling Pre-Primary. Blessed with a beautiful sunny April morning, parents were out...
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The mission of The Darling Trust is to support the Darling community by empowering individuals in Darling and the surrounding areas primarily through education, skills development, health care and community outreach programs.

The objectives of The Darling Trust are to:

  • Work with the local community in the identification of community needs and to address those needs by creating feasible projects or by supporting existing projects through funding or managerial or logistical assistance
  • Act as a vehicle for the funding of community projects in Darling
  • Facilitate skills development and employability
  • Provide early childhood development facilities and learning
  • Facilitate physical and mental health and wellbeing through education and care
  • Assist the community with the challenges of HIV/Aids
  • Facilitate the identification and development of creative talent and skills, especially amongst the youth

The Early Childhood Development Programme

On the 8th of March 2010 our Early Childhood Development programme opened its doors to a very needed crèche with 40 children.

In 2011 our brand new Grade R class opened its doors to a further 26 eager learners. The Education Center continues to grow and evolve – made possible by generous contributions from individuals, various organisations and subsidy from the Western Cape Department of Education. Evita’s Darlings are now up from 40 to 64 learners in two Grade R classes with a waiting list for next year!

The classes comply with all Government requirements and are registered with the Western Cape Department of Education.

Goodbye and best wishes

Interns Merina Wearley, Porscha Snewee and Donika Brittain receiving their graduation certificates on 31 March 2017 from Tasha St.John-Reid/The Darling Trust Operations Manager.

18 months of Internship, we bid our EPWP Interns farewell and wish them success in whichever career they choose.

Dear Mr Uys, The Darling Trust:  Trustees, Operations Manager, Financial Officer and Project Leader/Mentor…..

It is the end of our contract with TDT/EPWP Internship programme.  We would like to thank the Trust for the many opportunities / exposure to arts and culture, youth and community projects… shadowing, learning and inspiration. The TDT events taught us basic management skills, marketing, public speaking and caring for our community.

Our office space and equipment was amazing, with all the tools available to us in a workplace for general daily office duties ie emails, filing, schedules, HR records, planning, reports and courses. Your Mentorship helped us to solve problems and gave guidance in all aspects of a work and social environment. We were lucky to have many qualified resident volunteers who spoke to us about our personal finances, social media, environmental awareness, HR and personal growth.

Our training courses included leadership camps, life skills, report writing, communication, attitude, confidence, teamwork and office ethics. We are very grateful for the exposure and networking…. we will miss Kotie’s constant emails and many many to-do lists and caring.  Antoinette paying us J Anna’s all round support, Tasha’s organised example of how it’s all done and Mr Uys for inspiration !

We were privileged to experience outings to Groote Post, !Khwa ttu and many theatres and Indaba workshops in Cape Town. We assisted Dept Social Development with their workshops and events. Vooruitsig, Darling Primary and Senior Citizens with their athletic events and Ons Nessie during their school holiday programmes …. also after-school care and meals scheme. We enjoyed assisting at the Voorkamerfest, SPCA and our first classical music experience at the DMA concerts.

We recommend that all matriculants should have Skills Development Training, which will certainly improve their employability. We feel confident that we will be an asset to any employer. You will be proud of us! We are very proud of our achievements and grateful for the many experiences.

Thank you and sincere appreciation for your constant guidance, support and training.

Donika Brittain / Merina Wearly / Porscha Sneewe / Jesse-Lee Duffet / Wilton Tango / Bevan Grovers.     

EPWP/The Darling Trust Internship Project 2015/2017:
Interns at the launch of Nobody’s Died Laughing … Award winning Documentary by Pieter-Dirk Uys.


Last year the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport approached The Darling Trust, to be the implementing agent for the EPWP (Expanded Public Works Programme) Internship.

We were excited to add this to our projects and set it in motion November 2015 with 6 Interns from the Darling community, who will be with us till March 2017 and thereafter a new team will be interviewed.

This has proved to be a very successful and much needed project for our youth. With the  voluntary assistance from Kotie Reid (Trustee and Mentor), Riaan Neethling and Terry Marsh from Darling… Joanne Haasbroek, Karin Ralph and Maureen Thelland from Yzerfontein and many Darling residents, we have been able to provide excellent skills to the Interns, preparing them for future employment. Their enthusiasm and commitment  is encouraging and an asset to The Darling Trust vision.

WHAT IS EPWP: (Expanded Public Works Programme)


Launched April 2004 – created 1.6 million work opportunities


April 2009 – 4.920 million work opportunities

PERIOD – 2014 – 2019

Aiming at creating 6 million work opportunities.



  • Offer part-time employment
  • Transfer skills through training
  • Gain practical experience which may/can lead to job opportunities in the  broader job market
  • Employability through skills development
  • Enhance their opportunities  in finding employment once they exit the programme

We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this to our youth in Darling… if  residents have the skills and time please contact Operations Manager Tasha St John-Reid…our youth need all the knowledge possible for their future.


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.


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