Soweto Wine Festival Founders

GAUTENG, SOWETO, 29 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 remaining two shareholders are co-founder of the festival and owner/manager of Soweto’s first boutique wine merchant, Morara Wine EmporiumMnikelo Mangciphu, and taking the helm is majority shareholder, Mr Saki Zamxaka.

the launch of the 2018 festival
Saki Zamxaka (left) raises a glass with Barba Gaoganediwe, head of destination promotions and market, Gauteng Tourism and Dumile Badela, owner of Just Badela.

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.”

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 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; 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.

New owner, Saki Zamxaka, is a well-known and respected businessman, a Venture Capitalist and Art Investor. Currently, he is the Executive Director at ZAR X, a stock exchange in South Africa. He holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of the Western Cape and a Diploma: Program in International Education from Bard College, New York.

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, 1809



R150 per day

Available online through or at the door on the night.


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The 13th edition of the Soweto Wine and Lifestyle Festival presents two days of wine, food, music and fun. 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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