New Beginnings: Khayelitsha’s young aspiring wine maker's journey

Banele Vakele, an aspiring wine maker from Khayelitsha, developed an interest in wine making while doing his matric at the Cape Academy of Maths, Science and Technology in Constantia.

The wine estate was situated just opposite the school, and he became intrigued by the work they did, he says.

After finishing matric, he went to study at Stellenbosch Elsenburg Agricultural College , and that’s where he heard about the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme. He sent through his application and it was successful.

Listen to the full conversation on The Pippa Hudson Show:

When I told my family about this, they thought I was joking

Banele Vakele, aspiring wine maker

At the school I attended, no one wanted to become a wine maker or work in the agricultural industry. Everyone wanted to become engineers and doctors.

Banele Vakele, aspiring wine maker

People thought I was joking until I applied and started with the programme

Banele Vakele, aspiring wine maker

At first it was challenging because I had no background of wine making, but I quickly learned

Banele Vakele, aspiring wine maker

Pippa Hudson also spoke to Louis Strydom, chairman of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Development Trust, under which the Protégé Programme falls.

For us it is about transformation in the wine industry, through cultivating and nurturing wine makers of excellence

Louis Strydom, chairman of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild

We're giving these young wine makers an opportunity to hone their skills through a three year mentorship programme

Louis Strydom, chairman of the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild

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