The Cape Wine Auction Trustees
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. Our partners 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.
Partners 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 Trust Trustees are Raymond Ndlovu (Chairman), Paul Cluver (Deputy Chairman), Wendy Appelbaum, Mike Ratcliffe, Ken Kinsey-Quick, Iain Banner and Dominique Enthoven.
In terms of entrepreneurial brain muscle and all round business acumen, it’s a pretty formidable team.
Raymond Ndlovu (Chairman)
Raymond is co-founder and non-executive chairman of Black Elephant Vintners (“BEV”), an artisanal premium wine producer, in Franschhoek. He also serves on the boards of several community service organisations, including firstmiracle.org, BEV’s social-impact initiative and Franschhoek Wine Valley. Raymond has been an investment executive at JSE-listed diversified investment holding company, Remgro Limited (“Remgro”) and serves as a non-executive director on the boards of several investee companies, across varioussect ors, in the group. He has garnered extensive corporate and entrepreneurial experience in various fields in the financial services industry, including investment banking, asset management and stockbroking, since 1998. He co-founded and was CEO of institutional stockbroking firm, Noah Financial Innovation, for ten years until July 2011. He holds a B. Business Studies (Honours) from the University of Zimbabwe.
Paul Cluver (Deputy Chairman)
Paul studied B.Sc. Horticulture and Economics at the University of Stellenbosch upon completion of which he started working in the family business, heading one of the fruit production units. He continued studying, first Senior Business Management at the Graduates School of Business and later Masters in Philosophy in Value and Policy Studies at the University of Stellenbosch, while working as production manager, financial manager and eventually general manager. As general manager Paul and his team have helped establish De Rust Estate as a multifaceted agricultural business being one of the leading apple and pear growers in South Africa, one of the country’s premium wine producers and one of the top Hereford studs while leading the way in sustainable farming and conservation. De Rust Estate is a BWI champion and has won the Nedbank Green Award for Best Practice as well as being a founding member of Thandi which is one of the first BEE farms in South Africa and is widely seen as one of the most successful projects in the industry. Thandi also became the first Fairtrade wine brand in the world.
Wendy owns De Morgenzon wine estate outside Stellenbosch. She was a director of Liberty Investors Limited, Deputy Chairman of Women’s Investment Portfolio Limited (Wiphold) and Deputy Chairman of the Connection Group Limited. She was a founding director of The Tribune Trust and a founding director of Sphere Holdings Limited. Her philanthropic involvement includes her being a director of the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre, as well as a trustee of The Donald Gordon Foundation. Wendy is also a member of the Global Philanthropists’ Circle (GPC) and a director of the Southern African board of the Synergos Institute. She serves on Harvard University’s Presidential Advisory Board and is a member of Harvard University’s Women’s Leadership Board. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and of Women Moving Millions. She was honoured as one of the Leading Woman Entrepreneurs of the World in 2006 and received both the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year and the Forbes Woman Africa Woman of the Year awards in 2015.
Co-founder and Managing Partner of the joint US/South African venture Vilafonté since 2001. Mike has been nominated for the Wine Star Award for Global Innovator of the Year in 2015 and then again in 2017. He graduated in the first wine marketing class at Adelaide University and is an international wine judge, public speaker, industry commentator, social media maven and marketing trendsetter. He has been an international wine judge, is a respected wine industry commentator, leading social media protagonist and respected marketing mind. Mike is the founder of the Cape Wine Auction.
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Ken has been involved in the global financial markets for over 20 years both in Paris and London. His particular expertise is in the hedge fund industry. Prior to moving back to SA in 2010, he was a partner at Thames River Capital for over ten years which was subsequently sold to London listed F&C. During his time in the UK, Ken was a big supporter of the ARK charity and raised money for them by hiking to the South Pole. On moving back to SA he set up his own business, Diamond Capital Management, investing globally. Ken is also a Trustee of Bridge House School. He has a B.Com (UCT) and holds both the CFA and CAIA charters.
Iain Banner is the co-founder of a number of successful companies, events and charities, including Sports International, the Gary Player Design Company, the Laureus World Sport Awards and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Says Banner: “I am honoured and excited to be joining this group of hard-working people who have passion and energy and think creatively and innovatively to effect real change in the lives of those who live and work in the winelands.”
Dominique Enthoven (née Botha) was born in 1971 and grew up on the farm Rietpan in the Viljoenskroon district of the Free State. She lives in Kylemore in the Boland with her husband and four children. She received a Masters Degree Masters in Applied Linguistics from Stellenbosch University in 1998 and a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from Wits University in 2012. Dominique writes poetry and novels in Afrikaans and English. Her novel False River and Valsrivier (Afrikaans version) were published in September 2013 by Umuzi Random House. The book was translated in French by Georges Lory and appeared as Rivière fantôme published by Actes Sud. She does translation work, interalia translated Francois Smith’s award winning book Kamphoer into English. She also contributes to various publications including The Economist magazine Intelligent Life, VISI magazine, British Airways In flight magazine, Rooi Rose, Rapport, and the Stellenbosch Literary Project. Dominique is a member of the Pirogue Collective and serves on the board of the Africa Centre and Yellowwoods Arts Trust, organisations that promote and support artistic endeavours in a broad range of fields. Her involvement ranges from active project management such as the Dancing in other Words Spier poetry festival to more generalised consulting.