Matome Mbatha

Phelisa Moni

Pemla Makanda

Praisy Dlamini

Heinrich Kulsen

Cape Wine Thursday Seminar: The Apprentice

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Come and listen to the inspiring stories of South Africa’s promising protégés, who are being empowered and mentored to enter the exciting world of wine. This new generation is transforming the South Africa wine industry and ensuring the transfer of knowledge and skills from master craftsmen to their apprentices.

Venue: Room 2.41 – 2.43
Date: Thursday 17 Sept 2015
Time: 12h00 – 13h00

Matome Mbatha, Africa Market Manager of Wines of South Africa

Phelisa Moni, Wine advisor at Spice Route Winery
Pemla Makhanda, Wine steward at the One & Only Restaurant
Praisy Dlamini, Assistant Winemaker at Zonnebloem
Heinrich Kulsen, Winemaker at Nederburg

Meet the Speakers

Matome Mbatha

Matome joined Wines of South Africa in 2008 after 9 years of Globetrotting as a flight steward at South Africa Airways and 1 year stint at ABSA International Trade Bureau where he worked as an export consultant assisting South African businesses in different sectors to expand and gain access to the African continent. Here at WOSA, as Market Manager for South Americas & Africa, he brings passion for advancing the South African wine visibility and presence in emerging markets.

Whilst Matome’s interest in development of South African wine in the continent, he is also tasked with advancement of emerging previously disadvantaged businesses within the wine industry and assumed the role of managing WOSA support of black owned brands.

Matome excelled in his International Trade Relations Management studies at International Trade Institute of South Africa and in 2014 was appointed by Minister of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries as chairman of the Wine and Spirit Board making him the first black chairman selected from within industry ranks.

I’m inspired by Nelson Mandela quoteIt is in your hands to make of our world a better one

Phelisa Moni

I'm Phelisa Moni from Paarl a 25year old graduate from Pinotage Youth Development Academy currently working at Spice Route Wine Estate as the wine host, after I passed my matric I couldn't further my studies due to financial challenges I had to look for some kind of job.

I came across with the information about the Pinotage Youth Development Academy I applied went through a difficult selection I was lucky I made it to the final 25 the first generation of PYDA I had to leave my job because I was eager to learn about the wine industry.

Pemla Makanda

Pemla was born and raised in the friendly city, Port Elizabeth where she has attended the Russel Rhode Technical College and studied Electrical Engineering. During her time as a student she worked part-time at the Boardwalk casino and super sport bar. She moved to Cape Town in 2007 where she first worked in the property industry. Whenever a property was sold it was celebrated and it was during these celebrations that Pemla has tasted her first wine, a Chardonnay she recalls. This talented young lady also did paralegal, but after a reality check, she realised that people and sales is what makes her tick. She saw a job add at the One & Only as a hostess and immediately applied, unfortunately the job was already taken, however they have offered her a waitressing job which she gladly accepted. Not long before she was voted as best waitress by the guests and her colleagues. Now she has already successfully completed WSET level 1 and has a great appreciation of Pinot Noir. She would love to become a sommelier, sales rep or even sales manager and being the best in what she does.

Praisy Dlamini  

The talented and passionate Praisy Dlamini, assistant winemaker for Zonnebloem wines at Adam Tas, Distell on the outskirts of the Stellenbosch, started her winemaking career when she enrolled at Elsenburg for a B. Agric degree in Cellar Technology (Viticulture and Oenology).

In an industry that is mostly dominated by men, she is a team player who pours all her love and passion for winemaking into her work and strives to produce award winning wines. When she is not working in the cellar, Praisy applies her talents in wine marketing and hosting food and wine pairings and loves sharing stunning wines with friends and family and she enjoys out-door activities like hiking. 

Heinrich Kulsen

When Heinrich Kulsen (24) was considering his options after school, he couldn't decide between a career in drama or chemistry so he chose both by becoming a winemaker. "In this job, you can direct nature up to a point, but then it is out of your hands. That's pretty humbling and there's plenty drama in knowing that," he explains.

Nederburg's assistant white-wine maker, he still can't get over the irony of working a stone's throw from where he grew up in Paarl, after a detour that took him first to Stellenbosch and then, Walker Bay.

Heinrich, who started at Nederburg in the spring of 2014, absolutely relishes his job, as much for the scope and exposure it offers as for the discipline it imposes. Pointing from his window in the cellar offices, he says: "You can almost see my high school from here, that's how close it is. But in terms of what I have learned, I have travelled an immense distance, although knowing, of course, how much further there is to go."


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