Today, on #AfricaDay we get to celebrate all it means to be African.
Firmly rooted in our South African heritage, Nederburg is proud to be an African winery that collaborates with many interesting locals, some well-known, others regular citizens making a way for themselves in Africa.
Let’s introduce you to some of these ordinary South Africans, doing extraordinary things and contributing to the notion of #AfricaRising…
Abigail Mbalo: Founder of 4Roomed eKasi Culture in Khayelitsha, one of South Africa’s largest townships, the formidable Abigail is a dental technologist by profession, but she swopped her laboratory coat to follow a passion in food, art and home décor design culminating in the birth of her company 4Roomed eKasi Culture, after partaking in MasterChef South Africa season 3. Read more about her here.
Khanyisa (Kay) Mhlakaza: A training specialist in hospitality, tourism, food and wine, Kay is also a social entrepreneur. She does inspirational talks and is an ardent warrior in fighting poverty through the advancement of women’s and young people’s rights. She is the coordinator for the Love to Give non-profit organisation in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch. Read more about her here.
Russell Abrahams: A Cape Town-based illustrator, graphic designer and street artist, Russell created his illustration studio, Yay Abe, to take his artistic style to the street. He wants to make his mark by pushing the boundaries of contemporary South African illustration and street art, and boy is he succeeding! Read more about him here.
Siyabonga Mbaba: Khayelitsha resident Siyabonga Mbaba is many things - a creative, an entrepreneur, skilled event organiser, project director, MC, host, performance artist and community activist. He is the founder and managing director of Ride 2 Empower (Pty) Ltd, an entrepreneurship development initiative focused on micro-enterprise development and bringing about funding opportunities for social entrepreneurs from marginalised communities. Read more about him here.
Tshepo The JeanMaker: Tshepo Mohlala is the talented young man behind eponymous African luxury denim brand, Tshepo the JeanMaker. Born in Lydenburg and raised in Tsakane, a small township situated in the east of Johannesburg, he founded his business in late 2015 in a quest to live out his passion for denim, which he says was inspired by his aunt’s classic yet quirky personal style. The stylish denim wear he creates is universal and timeless with original and eccentric nuances. Read more about him here.
We hope you share our passion for Africa, our home continent. Let us know which South Africans you admire! And don’t miss the rest of our #AfricaMonth series of blogs, with Kenya up next.