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    Turning failure into fruitful wines
    Ms Yoliswa Masemola

    Turning failure into fruitful wines

    A current Biotechnology student of the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), Ms Yoliswa Masemola (26) is putting all her skills and knowledge learnt into practice. She is passionate about two things: wine and her daughter and has infused the two by naming a bottle of wine after her little girl, Siyamthanda.

    Ms Masemola established her own wine company and produces economy priced wine, SIIA at R80 a bottle and a premium cannabis wine, Siyamthanda, that will be matured before being sold.

    She also sells unusual wines made from fruit such as pineapple, apple, mixed berries and peaches.

    She is busy raising funds, through various pop-up events, to help her mature the wine. She is also undergoing a women’s entrepreneurs programme with the US Embassy, hoping to graduate and pitch her idea to funders.

    Through all the challenges and tribulations, she has kept a positive mindset: “It has been a difficult journey and I have learnt to tap into skills I never thought I had. Everything has been a learning curve. I have turned failures into a brand of my own,” she said.

    She says that her most important decision was to “start and run” with the idea she had.

    “Great opportunities have opened doors for me to get where I am. Along the way I’ve got supportive sisterhoods besides the support from family and close friends,” she concluded.

    To find out more about Ms Masemola, follow her on:

    Facebook: SIIA

    Instagram: Yoliswa_SIIA

    Twitter : SIIA_ winery

    Or contact her on her Cell: 0611148609 or Email                :

    Article by: Nontobeko Zondi

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