Interview #3: Martha Klaas – Waverley Hills Farm
Martha Klaas got a special mention at the 2019 SA Olive Awards during the announcement of the 2019 mentorship programme winner. And it is easy to see why. Martha is a strong woman with a big dream, and she does not hesitate to share her knowledge and time with others. She embodies the meaning of Ubuntu – something she learned at the feet of her mother whilst growing up in Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape. Besides being a general worker at Waverley Hills Farm, she also assists in bridging language barriers at work and in her community by acting as an interpreter.
When asked about the effect the mentorship programme had on her life, Martha said it helped her make better decisions in both her work and private life. It also gave her tools to solve problems. She said she still wants to go far and her ultimate dream is to be a social worker.
Martha came to the Western Cape as a young woman working in temporary positions. Twelve years ago she was taken into the fold at Waverley Hills Farm and with their support, she has gone from strength to strength and is keeping her dreams very much alive.
Joseph hails from Zimbabwe and has made a name for himself in the wine industry as a winemaker (Mosi Wines), qualified wine judge, and sommelier at the renowned La Colombe restaurant.
Joseph first tasted wine in 2010 at the age of 28. ‘I began to love wine and its many nuances. I wanted more than just to drink it, but was eager to understand it, share it, and to make it’. (Reference: wantedonline.co.za) Joseph’s winery, Mosi Wines, produces 100% Syrah, 100% Chenin, and 100% Merlot wines.
From humble beginnings, Joseph has gone on to make a big imprint on the wine industry in a very short time. Just to mention a few of the accolades under his belt: he was part of the South African team that won the 2015 South African wine tasting championships and represented South Africa in France at the Wold Blind Champs in the same year. He’s also been the captain of Team Zimbabwe in the same competition a few years running, as well as head judge for the Sommelier Selection and the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Top 10 challenge.
We look forward to spending the day with Joseph on 27 September – when South Africa’s top 10 extra virgin olive oils will be celebrated.