Creating better places for people to live in, and better places to visit

Our mission is simple: we support the Thembalethu Aids and Edu Trust. This Trust was established in co-operation between the Anglican, Dutch Reformed and Vineyard Churches in the Sundays River Valley. The trust focuses on home-based care of people infected and affected by HIV/Aids; Aids prevention through youth education; and the support of a number of crèches in the area by training teachers, helping with equipment and feeding the children. At present the trust looks after 60 patients through the home-based care program, it employs two youth educators who work in the schools, and it also feeds and cares for about 280 children in four crèches in the Langbos, Nomathamsanqa and Valencia communities. For further information please visit: www.thembalethutrust.org

Woodall’s main focus is on the crèches in the local communities of Nomathamsanqa, Langbos and Valencia. Support is provided in the form of basic foodstuffs, contributions of clothing and other essential items. Many left over amenities from the hotel as well as blankets and linen, which are regularly replaced are also donated to HIV/Aids patients. These items go a long way in bringing joy to those less fortunate. If you have any articles to donate, please remember that they will be accepted most gratefully.

In addition Woodall has also been involved in the support of various other projects such as sponsoring the kit for “Elephant City”, one of the top soccer teams in Nomathamsanqa as well as co-sponsoring a cricket pitch for the local team. Many of the Woodall staff participates in sport teams, church and other extra mural activities such as musical bands and choirs. Any contributions (balls, socks, jerseys, fabric for choir uniforms, musical instruments etc) in this regard will be much appreciated.

If you would like to have any further information or if you wish to join hands with us, and contribute in a small yet significant way to the continued upliftment of our nation, then kindly take a moment to speak to Debbie / James or any management staff about these projects.

However, our first responsibility is our staff, which we value and appreciate. Should you feel they have excelled in their duties, whether it is in the condition of our gardens, the service in the dining room, spa or even the unseen duties performed in the kitchen, or the cleanliness of our rooms, then we welcome a gratuity for them before you consider any other contributions to our projects.

Other Social & Economic Initiatives in the Local Community

  • Wherever possible, all products used are sourced locally to ensure that Woodall supports local business and is therefore responsible for local upliftment
  • Woodall has an in-service training programme where unemployed locals with no previous experience are given the opportunity to train as hotel staff and work on a full or part-time basis
  • Wherever possible all hotel staff are sourced locally and extensive training is provided
  • Local artists and contractors are commissioned, and many of the unique décor objects, pieces of furniture and items in the curio shop have been fashioned by local crafts folk.

Eco-Responsibility

  • Woodall has an environmentally friendly waste management policy. Waste is separated into wet waste and recyclable waste (paper, plastic, magazines, glass, cardboard, tins).
  • Wherever possible, all products used on the property are organic, biodegradable and environment-friendly, including food ingredients for the restaurants and cleaning products
  • Many plants used in the landscaping on the property are indigenous
  • Water for guest rooms is purified on site
  • Wherever possible natural, local building materials are used in construction including wood and reeds
  • Alien vegetation is removed on a continual basis
  • The hotel has wireless connectivity which reduces the amount of cabling required

Do your Bit

  • Turn off lights, air-conditioners and electrical appliances when not in use
  • Advise the staff when it is not necessary to change towels or linen
  • Save water by turning off taps, showers etc