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Thokozani celebrates major achievements in the most challenging times

Thokozani, meaning ‘rejoice’ or ‘celebrate’ in Zulu, is the perfect name to reflect the people behind this brand, who make a point of celebrating every achievement, no matter how big or small.  “Building a brand from scratch is no easy task, but by celebrating every achievement, it motivates us to do better and work harder to reach our goals”, says Denise Stubbs, Managing Director and majority shareholder through sweat equity of Thokozani.   Apart from winning many awards for their wines in the past, their joy reached new heights when their newly released Cabernet Franc 2019 was awarded three trophies at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine show 2021.  It also received the Grand Cru medal, double platinum and a spot on

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Vuyani Charlie of Ikamva Traders is a farmer in every fiber of his being

When one engages with Vuyani Charlie of Koekenaap in the West Coast region, there is no doubt that you are dealing with a man who is a farmer in every fiber of his being.  He is forever making plans to improve the farm and the growth and success he achieved over the last 6 years is indicative of his passion for farming and the immense knowledge he has of every aspect of the farming business. Vuyani is the manager and shareholder of Ikamva Traders, a farm that he and his six fellow shareholders are renting from the state.  This is also the same farm he used to manage on his own for a large part of the twenty years he

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Carmen Stevens triumphs through adversity

The words resilient and tenacious come to mind when one hears the name Carmen Stevens, owner of Carmen Stevens Wines in Stellenbosch. Carmen had no easy entry into the wine industry when she applied to study winemaking shortly before the dawn of democracy in South Africa. Breaking down walls For most women in the 90’s, studying for a career that favored males was very difficult, but for Carmen, being a woman of colour and wanting to break through the man-made wall painted ‘reserved for whites’, it was even more extreme.  Being declined twice due to her race, she eventually forced the college to accept her, and was subjected to the worst levels of racism and victimization during her student years

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La RicMal Wines breaks through barriers to achieve their ultimate goal

Running a business comes as naturally as breathing for Malcolm Green.  Having started his first business at the young age of 17, Malcolm developed into a seasoned businessman with more than forty years’ experience in the trade. Malcolm is co-owner of La RicMal Wines, which he shares with his son Ricardo, and together the two are making huge inroads into the wine industry. The early days The Green family are no strangers to the wine industry.  Malcolm and his wife Cheryl started Green’s Bottle Recyclers in 1979, supplying recycled and new wine bottles to the industry.  The company grew into the biggest bottle recycling business in South Africa with five branches across the country and employed over 500 people at

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Khumbuzile Mosoma adds huge value to wine industry transformation unit

Please note Afrikaans version follows English text Khumbuzile Mosoma has been appointed as the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) representative board member for the South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit (SAWITU) from July 2021. Masoma, who previously occupied various positions in both the public and private sectors, is currently the senior manager for Agribusiness Development at the NAMC.  She brings a wealth of expertise in the fields of agribusiness development, market access, transformation, economics, research and finance, which will greatly contribute to the advancement of the transformation strategies and programmes for the wine industry. Masoma holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and is currently studying for her PhD in Economics.  She serves on various committees within the

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Libby’s Pride Wines see the silver lining during tough times

In a time when the wine industry is still reeling from the sudden and 4th ban on alcohol sales, Elizabeth (Libby) Petersen, owner and CEO of Libby’s Pride Wines reflects on her business and how it has grown over the years.  “We have to stay positive”, she says “and adapt to our ever-changing environment.” It has not been an easy journey for Libby.  Losing her job while coping with her husband’s life-threatening illness, Libby took a leap of faith and started her own wine company in 2009.  In the early years she struggled to get funding to grow her business.  Black-owned brands did not get the recognition or support they deserved, and it was only after the South African Wine

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