Philharmonic orchestra resounds in Breede River Valley for donkeys


The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra is performing for the first time ever in Robertson, Western Cape, in aid of the Eseltjiesrus donkey shelter.

This well-known donkey shelter just outside McGregor offers a safe haven for donkeys that have been rescued from dire circumstances, abused or aged.

The orchestra, which can be heard in the Breede River Valley in October, consists of 55 talented musicians from all cultural groups and offers a program with exceptional musical items which is rightly called, “Music for everyone”.

“This gathering has a twofold purpose: the enjoyment of good music and support for the welfare and care of Eseltjiesrus’ beloved donkeys,” says Johan van Zijl, organizer of the concert.

The donkey shelter was registered as a welfare organization about two decades ago. The institution’s activities and financial affairs are monitored by a competent council.

Eseltjiesrus offers a permanent home and expert, loving care for donkeys in need, whether retired, neglected or abused.

Eseltjiesrus also helps donkeys beyond their borders by offering educational opportunities for donkey owners, carers and animal welfare workers. Visitors are also welcome from Thursdays to Sundays between 10:00 and 16:00.

Members of the public can also “adopt” a donkey, which is a major source of income for the shelter. An annual or monthly donation amount is earmarked specifically for the chosen donkey.

According to Van Zijl, there is also the option to purchase tickets for the concert on behalf of others.

“By sponsoring a number of tickets, we are trying to involve younger and older people to enjoy the privilege of great music together. It might not be possible for them otherwise.”

Public support for the sponsorships of nursing homes, choirs, youth organizations and music students will be highly valued, adds Van Zijl.

Tickets for the show are available from the tourist offices on Robertson, Montagu and McGregor. In Worcester, the point of sale is the Durbanstraat Animal Clinic.

Alternatively, tickets can easily be purchased online by sending an email to For any inquiries call 023 625 1593.

The concert takes place on Sunday 8 October at 15:00 at the Oos-Kerk on Robertson.