The History of Wortelgat

In his search for a campsite for the Students Christian Association in the Western Cape (now SCO) George Fehrsen found the Wortelgat property. Realising it to be beyond the reach of students, he with friends set about forming the See – Eike Trust (Pty) Ltd to take ownership of the Wortelgat and mountain properties, with the vision to establish a Christian camp and conference centre, where shareholders gave this their generous support and are good stewards of the natural beauty. Following the approval of subdivision of the Wortelgat property to enable shareholder and camp site ownership, the See – Eike Home Owners Association was formed to manage all the activities of the home owners and the remainder of the property.

The Wortelgat Outreach Trust formed in 1997 to enable management to focus on the implementation of the vision, to take ownership of the properties used for the camping activities and also to benefit from the tax provisions for Non Profit Organisations.

The first fulltime staff were appointed simultaneously and building development accelerated. Progressively a wide range of equipment was added and the introduction of well-trained fulltime programme facilitators pioneered.


To establish an interdenominational Christian facility where young and old from all sectors of the community will be encouraged to commit their lives to Jesus as their personal saviour and where they will be challenged to grow in their faith and service to Christ.

To assist people to get to know and understand one another through shared experiences under Christian leadership
To be good stewards of God’s creation through the restoration and maintenance of the natural beauty of Wortelgat.

Purpose Statement

As stewards of God’s creation we will reflect His character through the management of our facilities and offering of experiences that are fun-filled and challenging so that hearts are joyfully turned to Jesus for transformation and growth in faith and service.

Declaration of Faith

The Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct; triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His substitutionary atonement for sin, His bodily resurrection, and His personal, visible return to the earth to reign in righteousness and glory; The Person of the Holy Spirit and His work of conviction, regeneration and sanctification; Who indwells every believer equipping them with gifts for service and witness. The necessity of new birth, salvation by faith in Jesus Christ alone, and the importance of a life fully committed to the will of God in Christ; the church of Christ who is head, called to be God’s redeemed people.



Andrew Bateman


Dawie Crous

Dawie was admitted as an advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa in 1985. After a stint in the private sector he joined his family business SA Greetings, which at the time included CUM books, Cardies, Carlton Cards and Transo Press. The group was sold in the mid 1990’s to American Greetings and the proceeds went to the F&R Crous Foundation, of which he is the Chairman. 


Jurgens Hendriks

Jurgens (MA, BTh, D Litt) was a Dutch Reformed Church pastor and then professor of Practical Theology and Missiology at Stellenbosch University for the past 45 years. He is involved in networking theological schools in Africa, travels a lot in the continent, and coordinates a number of development projects.

Murray Bridgman

I have been coming to the Cliffs since I was eleven years old as part of the Annual Hermanus Camp. I am now a 60 year old advocate, sometime acting judge, married with three grown children, and it is time for me to spend some time dreaming about this beautiful place, and it is also time for me to be a part of the practical side of things, and serve as a trustee.

Sulinda Muller

Sulinda is married to Corrie Muller and they have 3 sons aged 24, 22 and 15 years. Her heart is for the body of Christ to take hands and encourage each other to find their true identity in Christ and fulfil their God given destiny. As the owner of Malaki clothing store and Second Chances in Stellenbosch she is doing just that.




AD Sikolake

Johnwinn October

Catering and Housekeeping


Louise Prins

Margaret Kapot

Gertie Poma

Analise Titus

Thabisa Lubando

Celina Nzuzo

Zelda Mhlontlo


Service Year Staff (Facilitators) 2019


I really want to make a difference in the lives of people, and here at Wortelgat I can really achieve that goal as well as my love for nature, adventure, and Jesus!


I am a child of God who has been gifted to make people laugh! I am confident, love all people, and game for anything I can learn from.



I am looking forward to growing stronger in my faith and in spirit, and want to be the man who God wants me to be.


I am a shepherd back at home and am looking forward to growing physically and spiritually here at Wortelgat.


I am a loving person who enjoys amazing company and laughs, and am excited for my journey at Wortelgat for 2019!


I am a fun-loving people’s person and like to make jokes! I truly am looking forward to the calling that is on my life.


Facilitation Group Photo:

From Left to Right: (Back) Dorian, Emilio, George, Oscar, Joshua

(Front) Marie’, Elche, Nadia, Destiny

History of Wortelgat