South Africa Wine launches professional body for career development

by | Oct 27, 2023 | Press releases

In a first for the wine industry, the South African Wine Industry Professional Body (SAWIPB) was launched in Paarl at the historic KWV Cathedral Cellar today.

The SAWIPB will serve and practice as a voluntary self-regulated professional body that fosters an enabling environment for development and grows the maturity of identified disciplines in the industry by contributing to its body of knowledge, its relevance, governing principles and accessibility to new and existing practitioners.

“SAWIPB was established to develop people and support industry-related entities to ensure social sustainability,” says Kachné Ross, people, and skills development manager at South Africa Wine. “The Professional Body is mandated to grow the competency base of the industry’s practitioners by means of voluntary association, which is formalised with specific designations. With this initiative, we aim to maintain knowledge and skills to perform optimally, to help practitioners remain up to date with new technology, regulations, and industry trends and to inform decision processes aimed at growing the industry.”

In its mandate to support the development of people in the South African wine industry, SAWIPB has four specific functions: to inform industry-specific people development initiatives, designate practitioners, promote participation in the professional body, and build a support structure within the wine industry. SAWIPB will promote the skills and competence of practitioners in the industry’s four sub-sectors: primary production, secondary production, tourism and marketing, and logistics and distribution.

SAWIPB will also assist learning and development initiatives to address skills needs, monitor and address the equity targets in the industry, acknowledge practitioner potential, initiate and manage continuous professional development, and promote a professional code of conduct.

“I am extremely excited about this initiative,” says Ross.  “With launching the SAWIPB, the wine industry receives a customised all-in-one structure for people and career development. By being a member, people can follow a learning pathway that promotes their careers, they can be designated as industry professionals, they can apply for recognition of previous learning that contributes to obtaining designations and qualifications and they are part of a system that promotes ethical conduct and socially sustainable practices.”

“South Africa Wine regards SAWIPB as a vital strategic asset that not only supports the industry’s people and skills development processes but also enables the transformation of the industry,” says South Africa Wine CEO Rico Basson. Our people are what drives this industry, therefore we are committed to empowering them through career development.”

Become part of this exciting new professional body. For individual membership, register on the website at and agree to adhere to the Code of Conduct. Membership is free of charge for the first year. For organisation affiliations, register and complete the Affiliations Registration and Declaration at The affiliation fee is R1 000 per year.

South Africa Wine

Wanda Augustyn
Communications and Brand Manager: South Africa Wine
Tel: 021 276 0458

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