Janine Erasmus South Africa’s veteran winemaker Paul Cluver received a Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution not only to wine, but to humanity. (Image: Paul Cluver estate) MEDIA CONTACTS • Inge KotzeBWI project coordinator+27 21 888 2813 or +27 83 7121 452 • Dr Paul Cluver+27 21 884 0605RELATED ARTICLES • SA scoops World Wine Awards • Backberg’s “green” wine • Wine alliance to challenge EU • Wine on the wild sideJanine ErasmusVeteran winemaker Paul Cluver of South Africa has won the Lifetime Achievement accolade at the inaugural Green Awards, presented by Europe’s leading drinks trade publication the drinks business.Cluver, whose Paul Cluver estate was also nominated for a Green award in the category of Ethical Vineyard, was honoured at a ceremony in London on 11 February.The pioneering vintner was unable to receive his prize in person as he was still recovering from burns sustained in the January inferno that ravaged the Western Cape’s Overberg region, a picturesque part of the province.The Overberg is renowned for its ideal fruit- and wine-growing climate and, along the coastline, its prime whale-watching spots. However, the fire, suspected to have been arson, raged for many days, claimed one life, and destroyed over 60 000 square kilometres of land, much of it ecologically important and covered with fynbos.Cluver, whose 3 500ha farm De Rust was threatened by the blaze, fought the fire on New Year’s Eve 2009 with his son-in-law, and was seriously burnt on his arms and chest.“This award is well deserved – I’m absolutely delighted,” said Cluver’s son Paul Cluver IV. “My father is an inspiration to our family and the cornerstone of Paul Cluver Wines. This is a just reward for what he has, and continues to unselfishly do for others.”Cluver received his award for “his energy and holistic approach to environmental issues”, according to Tesco’s wine, beer and spirits manager Dan Jago, who presented the award.While he was deeply honoured, he didn’t feel as though his efforts had been hard work at all, but rather a privilege, Cluver himself commented.Cluver was pitted against distinguished French winemaker Bernard Cazes of Domaine Cazes, and Chilean José Guilisasti of Viñedos Emiliana, viewed as one of South America’s top viticulturists. But the South African easily saw off the stiff competition.South African successSouth Africa did well on the night. Paarl-based vineyard Backsberg Estate Cellars was presented with the Sustainability award.Backsberg was up against two of its compatriots, Graham Beck Wines and the Spier Wine Estate, as well as New Zealand Winegrowers, O-I Australia, the California-based Fetzer Vineyard, Amorim & Irmãos in Portugal, and Bodegas Torres of Spain.The winery was also the only South African operation to receive a nod in the Green Company of the Year category, but didn’t manage to walk off with the prize.Another South African triumph came when Inge Kotzé, project coordinator of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative took the Green Personality of the Year award.Kotze competed against Master of Wine Susan McCraith of Ethical Fine Wines, Adolfo Hurtado Cerda of the Cono Sur Vineyards and Winery, and Alois Lageder of the Alois Lageder Winery.She was honoured for “her passion, influence and determination in getting her message across in South Africa”. The Biodiversity and Wine Initiative aims to bring the South Africa wine and conservation sectors together to prevent further loss of biodiversity, while continuing to produce some of the best wines in the world on a sustainable basis.Wine pioneerDr Paul Cluver III is a true pioneer of the South African wine industry. Although he started out growing fruit, he was the first person to seize the wine-growing opportunities of the Elgin mountain plateau in the Overberg, and planted the first vines in that area in 1986.The 68-year-old Cluver is a top neurosurgeon by profession, with four medical degrees to his name, but has since retired. He heads the wine-making team that represents three generations of Cluvers.The Cluver farm De Rust, originally purchased by Cluver’s great grandfather, has since become not only a source of some of the country’s finest wines, but also an important conservation region.Just over 1 000ha of the estate, which sits within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, the first biosphere reserve to be proclaimed in Southern Africa, is protected and known as the Cluver family reserve. It is managed according to a programme drawn up by the CapeNature Stewardship Programme.Cluver is something of a tortoise conservation pioneer too, and channels some of the proceeds from his involvement in the sales of Slowine wine products to protect the geometric tortoise, one of the most endangered tortoise species in the world.The Slowine emblem is also a tortoise, in honour of the rare reptile and to remind wine lovers to take life at an easy pace.Cluver is responsible for other innovative concepts such as a composting system developed with the help of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Elgin’s Green Mountain Eco-route which encourages tourism and business in the Elgin region, and extensive conservation research and work.He is well known as a philanthropist who works tirelessly to uplift the communities around him with initiatives such as the De Rust Futura school. This was established by his mother back in the 1940s, when racial segregation was on the rise, and it now accommodates some 800 pupils.He also drove the foundation of the Lebanon project in 1995. This involved Cluver, the state-owned South African Forestry Company and the forestry community of Lebanon near Grabouw, which was left struggling after the government suspended its operations in that area some years before.Cluver donated 100ha of his own land and persuaded the government to match his gesture, to enable the community to forge a new income for themselves. Although the black empowerment project encountered a number of logistical and internal problems, the end result of this initiative was the establishment of the Thandi wine label, which is said to be the world’s first Fairtrade wine brand.
Four female entrepreneurs shared their journeys at the Lionesses of Africa’s monthly event on Thursday 25 May 2017. As business owners, they shared lessons they learned.Fatuma Abdullah is the founder of the black doll, Akiki. Abdullah also self-published children’s books, Akiki’s Stories, where the main character is modelled after her daughter. (Images: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThere are mentors you do not have to pay, advised Suzana Moreira, founder of moWoza, to attendees at a Lionesses of Africa event on Thursday 25 May 2017.The Lionesses of Africa Lean In Breakfast was held at the Standard Bank Incubator in Rosebank, Johannesburg, at which Moreira was a speaker.Moreira said she got mentors through networks she associates herself with. “For example there are tons of virtual networks out there. [I also got mentors through] academics and accelerator meet-ups.“Entering competitions to pitch your business is important. Sometimes, someone might call you and be interested in your business. If they don’t give you money, you can ask for mentorship.”She said the ladies she met through accelerator programmes are mentors too. “We hold each other accountable.”Suzana Moreira says her role model as a child was her aunt, a businesswoman. “She and her husband, who is blind, had a successful business in Europe.“I learned your circumstances don’t set what you want to become.”MoWoza, based in Maputo in Mozambique, provides informal cross-border traders in Southern Africa with a mobile information service on pricing and access to goods.Originally from South Africa, Moreira moved to Mozambique three years ago to launch a mobile commerce platform, moWoza.Other lessons Moreira learned in her entrepreneurship journey includes:• Entrepreneurship happens in practice.• When you’re getting a developer, know what you’re getting yourself into. Have a contract in place, she advises. Her first developer told everyone about what they were planning to do. Another developer disappeared.• An investor in Europe is different to one in America. “We got overvalued,” said Moreira.• You need the right mindset. You’re not going to have a nine to five job.• You need to be super brave to be an entrepreneur.Lionesses building new generation of businesswomenMelanie Hawken, founder of Lionesses of Africa, said on its YouTube Channel the initiative is about sharing, connecting and inspiring. “It’s about creating a community of like-minded women entrepreneurs from across the African continent who can get together, share ideas, share inspiration, and ultimately build a powerful new generation of women entrepreneurs in Africa.”Melanie Hawken:“Make a conscious decision and support another women entrepreneur” #LionessLeanIn pic.twitter.com/FsUkDqudsy— Community Centre JHB (@ComCentreJHB) May 25, 2017She added that the aim is to create a new economic future for the continent.Once a month, Lionesses of Africa hosts a Lean In Breakfast event for women entrepreneurs to come together. It’s an opportunity for them to share entrepreneurial stories and network.On Thursday, 26 women entrepreneurs, who took part in the first Lionesses of Africa accelerator programme, were introduced to the audience. They graduated in April 2017.The accelerator programme, in partnership with Liberty and Standard Bank, focuses on business development and access to resources.Congratulations to the first graduates of @lionessesA #SBIncubator business acceleration programme ?? pic.twitter.com/b9y5o3D5up— Clare Appleyard (@KatannutaGems) May 25, 2017‘Being an entrepreneur allows me to make a difference’Edith Venter of Edith Unlimited says that as an entrepreneur she learned you have to let your employees go, because some of them might want to expand or grow elsewhere. “Remember, you helped to make them a better person.”Edith Venter of Edith Unlimited told the audience that she had been in corporate for a very long time – before she started her own events management business. She described her entrepreneurial journey as amazing.The mother of two boys said when she started her own business because she wanted to do something for herself. “I wanted to do something that will make a difference.”The lessons Venter learned in business are:• Networking and trading business cards is very important.• Never say you cannot do anything. “You say yes and you go figure it out. You can also find someone to help you,” she said.• As someone in the events management business, you have to realise that you are holding a client’s dignity in your hands.• Have your contract checked out.• Be mindful when going into partnerships. “There are promises made but not all with the right heart. In business look deeper than that,” she advised.• Don’t over promise, but over deliver. “I always try to keep things simple because it works.”• Don’t be greedy.Conscious parentingAbdullah shared how she started making dolls and writing children’s books. She said her daughter was two years old when she started looking for a doll for her. Abdullah wanted to find something that looked like her daughter.“I kept saying ‘I can’t find a doll for my daughter’. Then my colleague said ‘Why don’t you create one?’ But at the time I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind [to do that].”Three years later, when her contract at a former job ended, she started working on creating the Akiki doll. “I didn’t want her to have a size 0 doll. I created a doll with a childlike figure.”Her daughter was surprised when she got the doll and said: “She looks like us”.#LIONESSLEANIN Our 3rd speaker is Fatuma Abdullah, founder of Akiki Dolls – building positive self-image in our children #SBIncubator pic.twitter.com/cGq2U6TikH— Lionesses of Africa (@lionessesA) May 25, 2017Later, because of conscious parenting, Abdullah decided that she will create books for her two children that have characters who look like them. Even though she had never written children’s books, she went for it. Abdullah said most of the books are about values and things they can relate to.“I can’t write about a Gogo fetching [water] at the river. I know the question on my children’s mind would be ‘why doesn’t she just open a tap?’”One of the stories of Akiki is when she got lost in a mall. “I always tell my children to look for a person in a uniform if they ever get lost in a mall. You must know mommy’s name, not just as ‘Mommy’ but my full names and my number.”The lessons Abdullah learned is:• Do your research if you walk into an industry you know nothing about.• Use social media as an entrepreneur. “I was not a social media person. Someone said we need to know you exist,” she explained.• When you are trying to find a route and it doesn’t work, find another route.• You have to keep moving.• Never take anything personal in business and don’t make assumptions.Watch an episode of the Lionesses of Africa’s television magazine show:The audience shared what Anna Shilina, author of the ‘The Business Tango’ book, said in her talk:Anna Shilina, author of the Business Tango stresses relentless resilience, asking difficult questions and being courageous. #LionessLeanIn pic.twitter.com/fb9tqR5Bhw— gemboreeshop (@gemboreeshop) May 25, 2017“Don’t for inspiration. I followed my frustration ?” – @annashilina @lionessesA #lionessleanin #SBINCUBATOR— Clare Appleyard (@KatannutaGems) May 25, 2017“Entreneurship is a lot about moving from one level of incompetence to the next, always learning” – @annashilina #Lionessleanin— Clare Appleyard (@KatannutaGems) May 25, 2017A good character of entrepreneurs is that they are relentlessly resourceful #lionessleanin @annashilina— LDR Consulting (@ldrconsultingsa) May 25, 2017Sources: Lionesses of Africa, Radio 702, Standard Bank and Lionesses of Africa, YouTube Channel.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
Pune: Providing yet another lifeline to fraud-accused builder Deepak S. Kulkarni, the Supreme Court on Friday granted the developer an extension of four weeks to repay investors. However, while disposing off the special leave petition (SLP), the Bench comprising Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and Uday Umesh Lalit made it clear that no further extension would be granted after January 19, 2018. “We respect the Supreme Court’s directive. All money will be returned to investors within the stipulated time frame [January 19, 2018] as directed by the court. No one will be cheated of their rightful money. The apex court, through its order, has expressed confidence in us. We hope that our business will soon be back on track,” said Mr. Kulkarni, through a statement.The developer and his wife, Hemanti, accused of duping thousands of investors across Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur, had filed an online SLP in Supreme Court on December 20 seeking further extension of interim relief in a bid to stave off arrest.On December 19, the Bombay High Court, after providing an extended breather to him for a fortnight, had cancelled Mr. Kulkarni’s adinterim relief, following which the Pune police claimed the builder was ‘absconding’.The HC rejected any extension of Mr. Kulkarni’s relief after the DSK Group failed deposit ₹50 crore in the court registry within the stipulated fortnight.A total five of FIRs across Pune, Mumbai and Kolhapur have been lodged against the developer and his family since October 28, with more than 3,000 investors filing cheating complaints against Mr. Kulkarni.More than 8,000 persons, a majority of them senior citizens, are said to have invested in the DSK group’s fixed deposit (FD) scheme. The developer is said to owe an excess of ₹600 crore to investors. On November 8, a special court in Pune had quashed the interim bail application of Mr. Kulkarni and his wife.The Kulkarnis, facing prospect of arrest, had then moved the Bombay High Court against the Pune court’s order and were granted interim relief, which was extended periodically for nearly a month on promise of repayment to investors.
Panaji: The Goa police on Thursday began implementing the Supreme Court committee directions on tackling deaths due to traffic violations. The Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety had recently issued directions to suspend driving licences, of offending drivers, for at least three months for committing traffic violations such as over-speeding, jumping red light, carrying overload in goods carriage, carrying persons in goods carriage, drunken driving/riding and using mobile phone while driving/riding, among others.In order to ensure strict compliance of these directions, Goa Police apart from issuing/compounding challan for these traffic violation, will be confiscating the licence of the defaulter under due acknowledgement and then forward it to the concerned State Assistant Director of Transport recommending suspension of the same, said a senior Goa traffic police officer.
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