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

Read More
NPO creates Xhosa, Zulu crash course for English-speaking South Africans

NPO creates Xhosa, Zulu crash course for English-speaking South Africans

The Imbeko project connects people who want to learn isiXhosa or isiZulu with tutors, in an effort to build social cohesion.

Cut-off date to file tax returns looms, warns Sars

Cut-off date to file tax returns looms, warns Sars

Time is running out for non-provisional taxpayers, described as individuals with primary income from a single salary.

[LISTEN] Idols finalist Paxton Fielies chats about her life and dreams

[LISTEN] Idols finalist Paxton Fielies chats about her life and dreams

The 16-year-old Idols finalist in studio with CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson.

Inside the volunteer project that's rebuilding 3 Khayelitsha schools in 7 days

Inside the volunteer project that's rebuilding 3 Khayelitsha schools in 7 days

Mellon Educate is on mission is to expand and refurbish ill-equipped schools across SA. Pippa Hudson witnesses them in action.

It's your right to return your Black Friday buy if it's faulty - Wendy Knowler

It's your right to return your Black Friday buy if it's faulty - Wendy Knowler

Black Friday is around the corner and consumer journalist Wendy Knowler says it's important to be prepared and cautious.

Rhodes Food Group sponsors R90 000 to help WC schools save water

Rhodes Food Group sponsors R90 000 to help WC schools save water

Food producer Rhodes Food Group has stepped up to support an additional three Western Cape schools in the Smart Water Challenge.

Popular articles
Financially prepare yourself before the wedding bells

Financially prepare yourself before the wedding bells

Liberty Legal Marketing Specialist, Faeeza Khan talk us through a few financial pointers before getting hitched.

Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

Oscar's family unhappy with producers as movie makes SA debut this weekend

The movie stars Joburg-born actor Andreas Damm as Pistorius and Victoria Secret model Toni Garrn as Reeva Steenkamp.

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Statement to remove LLB programme from SA universities is misleading: Max Price

Max Price says Council on Higher Education's announcement that UKZN, UCT and UL could lose their LLB accreditation is not right.

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Is taking items from the hotel room stealing?

Tsogo Sun Cape regional manager explains which items are free to be taken home by guests and why.

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

WATCH: Innovative spray limits toilet flushes and saves water

Loo Me is a simple yet effective scented foam that takes the yuck out of "mellowing" toilets preventing multiple flushes.