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The dawn of a beautiful dream

“The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible” (Joel Brown) These words resemble the journey that Bunty and Wahed Khan embarked on when they decided to make their dream of building their own business, a reality. The Khan family moved to Cape Town when Wahed was transferred by the company he worked for at the time.  While exploring their new environment, they were captivated by the beauty of the Cape Winelands and the vibrancy of its communities who nurture the vines – this became the inspiration for their own wine brand, Cape Dreams. “We knew that it was going to take immense dedication and hard

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Collaboration boosts business growth for black-owned enterprises

AFRIKAANS VERSION FOLLOWS AFTER ENGLISH The South African Wine Industry Transformation Unit (SAWITU) took the first step in securing a sustainable future for black-owned enterprises. The signing of a lease agreement with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) secures space in the Nietvoorbij Cellar Complex for the development of a first-of-its-kind brand home for black-owned enterprises. “It is important to explore opportunities for small and medium businesses using the existing assets and infrastructure of Public Entities (and other government institutions). The agreement is a prime example of what can be accomplish by thinking ‘out-of-the-box’ and a partnership between the wine industry and the ARC shows what can be done,” says Ms Joyene Isaacs, chairperson of the ARC Council. “The upgrade of

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Starting from scratch to hatching success

M’hudi Boutique Family Wines is a very personal journey for the Rangaka family who risked everything to chase their cherished dream of owning a farm. For Diale and Malmsey Rangaka, owners of M’hudi Wines, their family is the heart and soul of their business.  At the time when they moved to the Western Cape from the North West Province, the Rangaka children were all studying in different parts of the country and the farm was the place they could all be together as a family. Starting from scratch After looking at several farms in different provinces, Malmsey found a farm in Stellenbosch on the internet in 2002.  “It was the cheapest on the market, so we came down to have

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Wendy Petersen lifts the curtain for a sneak peek into the “women behind the scenes”

While riding the tidal wave of everyday work life, we seldom get to know one another a little better.  During #WomensMonth, Wendy Petersen lifts the curtain for a sneak peek into her life and journey in the wine industry.  Wendy has been instrumental in the sustainable growth and development of black-owned brands and -farms in the wine industry since her appointment as Transformation Operations Manager of the SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit (SAWITU) in February 2019. Transformation programmes have gained momentum under her leadership and with her technical and marketing experience and her love for mentoring, she helps wine entrepreneurs in various aspects of their businesses.  “I love the space I’m working in, enabling small enterprises to develop.  It’s as

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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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