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July 2018
After 12 years successfully bringing the vine to Soweto, promoting the best of South Africa's wines and bubblies to Sowetans and visitors to Soweto, the Soweto Wine Festival has a new team on-board set to take it to new heights well into the future.
The two shareholders are co-founder of the festival and owner/manager of Soweto's first boutique wine merchant, Morara Wine Emporium, Mnikelo Mangciphu, and taking the helm is majority shareholder, Mr Saki Zamxaka.

Said Zamxaka, "My personal passion for wines helped peak my interest in the festival. I've been collecting South African wines for over 15 years and the idea of introducing these wines to an even broader audience is incredibly appealing. I've purchased the Soweto Wine Festival because I think there is immense potential to build the wine industry both here in South Africa and abroad. In the future, I envision the Soweto Wine Festival as a world-class festival that encapsulates not just South African wine but truly represents South Africa and can introduce the world more deeply to us. In addition to Soweto, we will take this festival overseas sharing our proudly South African wines with the world."

Saki Zamxaka, Soweto Wine Festival's new majority shareholder

The 13th annual Soweto Wine Festival is set to return to Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, on the 1st and 2nd September 2018, to showcase the best of South Africa's wines, cuisine, travel destinations and lifestyle brands, to the thousands of wine lovers that the festival attracts every year.

Walter Sisulu Square was chosen in celebration of #Mandela100, as Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 years old this year, and it is the iconic venue where Madiba signed the all-important Freedom Charter on the 26th June 1955.

So, get set to join Mzansi's trendsetters, movers and shakers, wine, food and music lovers, the aspirational and inspirational, connoisseurs and newbies, and all those who just want to have a fun night out, meet people, and taste over 500 of South Africa's fabulous wines at the 13th Soweto Wine Festival.


The 2018 Soweto Wine Festival, taking place on the 1st and 2nd September at the iconic Walter Sisulu Square, has confirmed Standard Bank as its headline sponsor. This confirms Standard Bank's support of the wine industry, Soweto business, and more importantly, its customers.

Mike Mashaba, Head of Marketing, Standard Bank, Gauteng, said, "At Standard Bank, we view our customers as the heart of our business. We are committed to enabling them on their NEXT journey, whatever that may be. Headlining the 13th Soweto Wine Festival is testament to us putting our customers first in everything we do, and this includes being socially relevant. We are also delighted to announce that tickets purchased using any Standard Bank payment method will be discounted to 50% for the first 300 general access tickets."

Mashaba explains that at Standard Bank, we have unique customers with different aspirations and needs. It is with that in mind that we always seek ways to reconnect with them and partner with them on their journey to their ‘next'.

Saki Zamxaka, Soweto Wine Festival's new majority shareholder and organiser of the festival says, "Standard Bank's involvement in the wine festival is great news. We are proud to be associated with this bank. They add tremendous value to all involved and do important empowerment work within the wine industry as a whole. We are very happy with this partnership of shared vision for Soweto and wine."

Enjoy the best of our proudly South African wineries with additional wine-immersion experiences such as tastings, wine pairings, wine education and presentations from wine industry leaders. Inspire your inner "foodie" with delicious cuisine, food trucks and relax and enjoy lifestyle lounges in style, and much more.
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2018 Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival Details:

Date and Time:
Saturday, 1 September 2018 - 5pm to 9pm
Sunday, 2 September 2018 - 2pm to 6pm

Walter Sisulu Square, cnr Klipspruit Valley Road & Union Road, Kliptown, Pimville Zone 9, Soweto

R150 per day
Available online through webtickets.co.za or at the door on the night.
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