Alumni Events

Join us at The Wine Arc for a reflection on Women’s Month, and the role of women in the wine industry. We welcome you to share your wisdom with us and each other in this picturesque setting, so that we may all be inspired and empowered to accomplish greatness.

Our keynote speaker is TRUELOVE Magazine’s Editor-In-Chief Makhosazana “Khosi” Zwane-Siguqa, with guest speakers Carmen Stevens (Winemaker and Owner of Carmen Wines) and Joyene Isaacs (Chairperson of the Agricultural Research Council). We look forward to hosting you.


The Wine Arc is offering a special 10% discount on all wines purchased by the Wisdom and Wine Club members.

Please use the coupon code 5k9xpg2c for this limited offer, until 30 September.

As a special gesture to club members, Advini South Africa is currently running a discount offering of 15% on the L’Avenir and Le Bonheur ranges.

Use the promo code Wine&Wisdom to claim your discount.




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Date: Friday, 2 September 2022

Time: 17:00 – Walkabout (The Wine Arc and Nietvoorbij)

18:00 – Event starts

Venue: The Wine Arc

Enquiries: Lizelle Kannemeyer | [email protected]



Makhosazana “Khosi” Zwane-Siguqa

Editor-In-Chief: TRUELOVE Magazine


TRUELOVE MAGAZINE EDITOR -IN-CHIEF; Makhosazana ‘Khosi’ Zwane-Siguqa is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor with over eighteen years of experience in the media industry.

Her expertise ranges from newspapers, newspapers, OTT services, and television. Before her joining True Love as Editor in chief, she was Head of Content at Tencent Africa Services where she spearheaded the launch of the VOOV app at Tencent Africa Services – a live-streaming service; and VOOVTV, a first- ever live integration of live-streaming content and television broadcasts.

Before joining Tencent Africa Services, Khosi was Editor of the iconic DRUM Magazine for four years where she led the brand to pole position in the consumer magazines category. Under her leadership, DRUM launched several lucrative brand extensions such as DRUM Hair, DRUM Weddings, and lifestyle- oriented events and shows such as DRUMBeat and DRUM Darlings.

Khosi’s talent and visionary leadership weren’t limited to the DRUM magazine brand, but also Move! magazine where she was editor from 2008 – 2010. During her tenure, she turned the magazine into the biggest selling woman’s magazine in South Africa, and was the founding editor of Move! Best Parent – the first Black parenting title in South Africa.

Khosi has been named as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young People To Take To Lunch, and The Media magazine’s Top 40 under 40 for 2015. She has won numerous awards for both DRUM and Move! magazines, including the respective brand extensions of the publications.

Khosi is currently studying towards an MPhil in Futures Studies at Stellenbosch Business School.


Carmen Stevens

Winemaker and Owner of Carmen Wines |


Carmen Stevens has 25 years’ winemaking experience, the first black person accepted to study winemaking in South Africa. She qualified in 1995 as South Africa’s first black winemaker. Awarded with a TOP TEN Pinotage award in 1998, her very first red wine production.

Carmen grew up in Kraaifontein and in her last 2 school years moved to Belhar – matriculated in 1990. Her application to start her studies in 1991 at Elsenburg Agriculture College was denied – only white South Africans were accepted at Elsenburg Agriculture College. Carmen started working as a factoryworker during the week and on weekends she sold shoes on Cape Town station to pay for her future studies at Elsenburg.

She re-applied for 1992 and again was refused as she had not completed military service and had no agriculture background. In February 1992, Carmen enrolled and completed a One Year Agriculture Diploma with Lyceum Correspondence College. Carmen applied again to Elsenburg and was accepted to start her studies in January 1993.

In December 1995 Carmen qualified as South Africa’s first black person to study winemaking.

Joyene Isaacs

Chairperson of the Agricultural Research Council


Joyene Isaacs completed her schooling at Lückhoff Senior Secondary School in Stellenbosch in 1982 and then completed the B Sc. Hon in 1986 with Plant Pathology as a major.

She worked for two different NGOS, in agricultural development, in three provinces from 1991 to 1996, and then joined the Agricultural Research Council in 1996 at INFRUITEC as a centre co-ordinator for the resource-limited farmers’ programme.  Here she managed a team from the Institute working with resource-limited farmers and the development of effective linkages with all role players to ensure an appropriate research agenda for fruit production and processing systems for the emerging sector in South Africa. In 1998, she was appointed as the Assistant Director of the Resource-limited Producers’ Programme, taking on the responsibility of both Infruitec and Nietvoorbij campuses.

She was appointed at the Department of Agriculture: Western Cape in 2002 as a Director of Farmer Settlement, and in 2004 as Chief Director: Farmer Support and Development. The key functions entailed the development of the emerging sector through land reform, infrastructure development, farm worker development, food security initiatives, capacity building of grassroots farming organisations, ensuring equity (internally and externally), and building innovative and strong partnerships. The programme grew substantially under her leadership i.e. the budget increased from R 7 million to R 70 million over four years and the staff from 7 staff members to about 180 staff members (technical and administrative).

In December 2005 she was appointed Acting Head of Department for the Department of Agriculture, managing more than 800 staff members through 7 programmes and giving effect to agricultural development in the Western Cape to the benefit of all. In March 2006, she was permanently appointed as the Head of the Department on a four-year contract, her current position.

She has published and presented a range of publications, from scientific to development papers, and attended various conferences, seminars, and workshops where she facilitated and chaired different sessions. She served as chair for many organisations i.e. President of the Southern and Eastern African Association for Farming Systems Research and Extension (14 African countries); NGOS and currently is the chair for the Wine Industry Transformation Committee.

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