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2018 Wine Sector Programme - Meet Nosipho Macakati


Age: 25

Residential Area: Delft

Family: Lives with her mother

Language Proficiency: English and Xhosa

Ready to be the difference

Nosiphiwo and 48 other young, talented men and women graduated in November 2018 from the intensive 12 month Wine Sector programme at Pinotage Youth Development Academy (PYDA).

By achieving the required mark of 75% and above to pass each module (and the programme as a whole), Nosiphiwo now has the knowledge and experience of the entire value-chain of wine as well as related areas such as tourism and hospitality. She forms part of the new generation of work-ready young professionals who have the skills and attitude to add value and bring positive change, as well as the capability to build bridges and social cohesion between the diverse races and cultures of South Africa.

She graduated with an NQF Level 5 Certificate in Oenology and Viticulture as well as NQF Level 4 Certificates in Hospitality, Events Support Assistant and Tourist Guide Training. She also successfully completed other non-accredited modules, including Business Communication, Wine Service and Sales and Customer Service Culture.

40% of the programme covers several interventions and learnings in personal development which is is PYDA’s differentiator. Coaching and mentoring is inter-woven into every aspect of the programme, as is ongoing learning and a culture of accountability. It is the innovative integration of this dynamic learning environment that both teaches and models change which students embody in all aspects of their lives, enabling change in their families and communities.

She completed her practical work experience at Seven Sisters, Warwick Wine Farm and the One and Only Hotel to embed the knowledge gained in the classroom.

Nosiphiwo volunteered to participate in the Reaching for young starts Showcook competition held at the One & Only Hotel and attended by culinary academies and hotel schools. Nosiphiwo was the assistant chef and her participation in this competition led to her work placement for the specialization month in October.

In her own words

“I am a patient person who is willing to learn. I am a dreamer. I like to be informed if I’m not doing the right thing”

Which work placement did you enjoy the most?

Working in the pastry kitchen at the One & Only Hotel

What was the skills training course you found most useful?

Culinary – how to pair different food and wine.

What life skills training have you found the most useful?

Presenting skills

What are your career hopes and dreams?

For now, I want to get a permanent job and then learn more about the hospitality industry.

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