Development and Transformation

Positiewe momentum vir Wieta

Die aanvanklike groeipyne van Wieta (Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Trade Association) blyk iets van die verlede te wees en hierdie etiese handelsorganisasie is goed op dreef, met ’n groeiende ledetal en toenemende positiewe terugvoer van belanghebbendes.

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Transformation in the fast lane

The wine industry has taken a strong stance to be the leading example of effective and considered transformation in the agricultural sector. A new Transformation Committee has been established to spearhead the effective implementation and impact of the statutory levies allocated to transformation in the wine industry.

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Flying wine students

Flying wine students

International postgraduate studies offer students opportunities to gain exposure to global wine trends, networks, research and styles. With an increasing number of South Africans spreading their academic wings globally, is the industry welcoming back its academic swallows? EDO HEYNS followed up with the graduates of international academic wine programmes.

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Meaningful mentorship

Meaningful mentorship

Twelve years ago, after presenting a tasting in Stockholm, I was interviewed by a beautiful blonde Swedish journalist, who posed the question, “Charles what gives you a kick as a winemaker?” De Grendel cellarmaster, CHARLES HOPKINS looks back at the biggest kick he got from three decades of making wine.

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Women’s passion for wine fuelled

In 2012, Kathy Jordan launched the Jordan Women in Wine initiative to help train and develop young women in the wine industry. Following the success that the project has since achieved on local and international level, Kathy has now handed over the reigns to Elizma Myburgh from Piwosa (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) in the hope that this initiative will touch the lives of even more women going forward.

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Vrouens se wynpassie aangevuur

Met die doel om jong vrouens in die wynbedryf op te lei en te help ontwikkel, het Kathy Jordan in 2012 die Jordan Women in Wine-inisiatief van stapel gestuur. Na aanleiding van die sukses wat sedertdien op plaaslike en internasionale vlak hiermee bereik is, het Kathy nou die leisels aan Elizma Myburgh by Piwosa (Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa) oorgegee, met die hoop dat die inisiatief nóg meer vrouens se lewens sal aanraak.

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New strategic direction for wine training & research

New strategic direction for wine training & research

The Institute of Grape and Wine Science (IGWS) is a joint venture between Stellenbosch University and the South African wine industry, established in 2012, to deliver world-class teaching, research and technology development. The institute is responsible for knowledge transfer services to the South African wine industry and to ensure that research and devel-opment in wine sciences is relevant and of high standards.

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Developing a ‘work ready’ generation

Developing a ‘work ready’ generation

With the ultimate goal of addressing unemployment among the youth in rural areas, the PinotageYouth Development Academy opened its doors in June 2013. Although many of the students face enormous social challenges at home and in their communities, they have shown resilience and now, one year later, the first group of talented youngsters are ready to follow their dreams in the wine industry.

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This is “Owethu”!

This is “Owethu”!

While running across Madagascar sick with Dengue fever, Bilharzia and hardly being able to move, extreme adventurer, inspirational speaker, chef and philanthropist David Grier needed medication urgently. The closest of which was 240 km away. This was a snapshot of his life, but an ordinary day in the lives of so many people in Africa. And so the idea of the Owethu project was born

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