The Treasure Chest Road Show is one of several initiatives being implemented by the Wine and Brandy Transformation Unit. It is a Scandinavian style wine roadshow being implemented by the well-known overseas promotions facilitator, ‘’Catalyse’’. The exercise is expected to bring about some new learnings on the promotion of black owned brands with buyers in all relevant distribution formats and then of subsequent distribution opportunities that might be created. The initiative is being supported by the Wine and Brandy Transformation Unit. The first promotion initiative will be held on 30 November in Durban. Other major cities will follow. Access more information online at


Funding support for developing farming enterprises

VinPro continues to play a key partnering role in seeking and employing enterprise funding support for black businesses in the industry. VinPro’s recently signed MOI with Capital Harvest is a recent example of this. The MOI enables applicants to the commonly explored Commodity Project Allocation Committee (a partnership between Vinpro, WCDoA and CASIDRA), to be in contention for consideration under Land Bank and Jobs Funding opportunities held under Capital Harvest’s CHEFF programme. Contact Phil Bowes more information.


Learning and Development Strategy

The Wise learning and development strategy is being implemented steadily through a tripartite arrangement between VinPro, Winetech and Salba. One of the initial phases of the strategy is to develop a database that links best practice training, education and consulting with producers, cellars and workers in a well-coordinated manner. The database is being modelled on one that the Grain Industry has tested with success over the past few years under its farmer development programmes. Speak to Unathi Mantshongo at VinPro for more details.


Regulatory Framework news – DTI’s AgriBEE codes

At the time of writing this article, The DTI’s departmental spokesperson, Sidwell Medupe confirmed that the DTI had reached an impasse regarding some of the contents of amended AgriBEE sector codes. There is still no official word on the timeline of promulgation of the new AgriBEE sector codes. Affected businesses are advised to follow the advice of accredited verification bodies’ in terms of codes and thresholds to fall back on in the interim.  – Philip Bowes, VinPro

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