Mandela women's wine triumph

By Drum Digital
19 November 2010

THEY belong to the most famous family in South Africa but precious little has been known about these two women until now.

Makaziwe Mandela and her daughter, Tukwini Mandela, are slowly but surely making a name for themselves – and not just as the daughter and granddaughter respectively of the world’s greatest statesman.

The two, along with Madiba’s grandson and the head of the clan, Mandla Mandela, have entered Mzansi’s wine market.

They recently launched their product at Sandton Square, Joburg, and, as is usually the case when the name Mandela is mentioned, it attracted a fair amount of attention.

The venture has also triggered some criticism of Makaziwe – the only surviving child of Madiba and his late first wife, Evelyn – who was accused of using her father’s name to attract publicity for her wine.

But Maki, as she is known, was unrepentant.

“It’s our name,” she said. “If you look at the history of the industry, most wines are named after families. Why can’t we use our own name in a responsible manner?”

Why indeed? Madiba himself has given the project his blessing, although the 92-year-old former president will not be personally involved with it.

Read the full article in the Drum of 25 November 2010

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