How to help the children

Did you know that 78% of Grade 4 pupils in South Africa cannot read for meaning? In the Western Cape it’s a bit better but not much: 58% of Grade 4 pupils cannot read for meaning.

Stellenbosch-based the Reach Trust is doing something about it, by designing and rolling out a programme for early childhood development (ECD) centres which equips parents and teachers with the wherewithal to stimulate children between three and five years of age, the critical period when a child’s brain is most sensitive to language stimulation.

With 300 000 children in that age group in the Western Cape, the need is enormous and a group of wine producers has teamed up with the Reach Trust to give you an opportunity to contribute to the programme.

In return for R250, you stand a chance to win a case of wine from 12 wine estates – Bartinney, Beaumont, Beyerskloof, De Morgenzon, Hogan, Joostenberg, Kanonkop, Miles Mossop, Mulderbosch, Newton-Johnson, Raats, and Thelema – and a book selected by each winemaker, with a personalised message.

The total value of the prize is R30 000, and only 2 000 tickets will be sold. Buying four tickets will give an entry into a bonus draw for an additional case of wine and six extra books selected by the Reach trustees.

Visit Quicket at to enter, or contact Nicci Cloete Annette on 078 563 8152 or or Andrew Rudge on 071 2411 325 or for bank account details to make an EFT payment.