Creating a benchmark in philanthropy

In 2015 the Cape Wine Auction Trust approved funding of all monies raised to 19 beneficiaries working throughout the Cape winelands. The Trustees spent a number of months refining their mandate of supporting education in the South African winelands.

At a time when South African education is in crisis and donor fatigue is on the rise, they went in search of a new giving model, one which focuses on maximum impact and long-term sustainability. The 19 beneficiaries have been strategically selected for the role that each plays within the holistic cycle of education. The Trust looked at education from Cradle to Career.

Beneficiaries are invited to collaborate and interact with each other, both in person at quarterly workshops, and online via a digital platform. This methodology is in direct contrast to the traditional one of working in “silos”, which has proven to be less than efficient in educational interventions.

The Trustees believe that this model of collaboration and beneficiary interaction will result in less duplication, increased economies of scale and better use of assets. The Trustees are committed to creating an innovative model of philanthropic support, which delivers a return on social investment by way of impact and measurable change.

Our amazing trustees

The Cape Wine Auction Trustees

The Cape Wine Auction Trust Trustees are Siobhan Thompson, Paul Cluver, Mike Ratcliffe, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Wendy Applebaum and Raymond Ndlovu.

In terms of entrepreneurial brain muscle and all round business acumen, it’s a pretty formidable team.

Ken Kinsey-Quick
Blue Diamond Fund
Ken has extensive experience in hedge funds with an established track record. Ken is a C.F.A. and C.A.I.A. charter holder. He has earned a B.Com from the University of Cape Town.
Siobhan Thompson
CEO of Wines of South Africa
Siobhan is the CEO of Wines of South Africa. Previously, she was Distell’s global head of marketing for the company’s liqueur brand portfolio. She holds a BTech in Marketing and has completed the Manchester Business School’s Advanced Marketing Strategy program.
Wendy Appelbaum
www.demorgenzon.co.za
Wendy Appelbaum is a Non-Executive Director of Sphere Private Equity. She was honored as one of the Leading Woman Entrepreneurs of the World in 2006.
Mike Ratcliffe
www.warwickwine.com
MD of family-owned Warwick Wine Estate since 1999 and he is also co-founder and Managing Partner of Vilafonte Vineyards. He is an international wine judge, industry commentator & respected marketing mind.
Raymond Ndlovu
www.bevintners.co.za
Raymond is a businessman with expertise in various sectors across the financial services industry.He is also co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Franschhoek-based Black Elephant Vintners & Co.
Paul Cluver
www.cluver.com
Paul is the managing director of De Rust Estate, which is a fourth generation family owned and family run agricultural business which has been in the family since 1896.

Before joining the family business he studied B.Sc. at Stellenbosch University majoring in Horticulture and Economics. Later on he also obtained a degree in Philosophy majoring in Value and Policy studies.

Together with his family Paul has taken De Rust from being a leading apple producer to being one of South Africa’s top wine estates, stud breeder of Hereford cattle while being rated as a leader in sustainable production and conservation. The family business has also recently launched a craft cider.

Corporate Governance

Established in 2014, the Cape Wine Auction Trust was created to raise money for education in the South African winelands. It is well established that the most effective method for uplifting underprivileged communities is education.

The Trust structure

The Cape Wine Auction Trust is registered in terms of Article 6(1) of the Property Control Act, 1988 (Act 57 of 1988).


The Trust Registration number is IT000532/2014.


The Cape Wine Auction is registered as a Public Benefit organization (PBO set out in section 30(3) of the Income Tax Act No 58 of 1962.


The Trust has been further granted S18 (1) (a) donations tax exemption status.


The financial statements of the Trust are audited by PwC who are one of our international auction partners.