Outgoing UN undersecretary-general Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was a surprise guest at the 2021 African Odyssey event.
Outgoing UN undersecretary-general Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was a surprise guest at the 2021 African Odyssey event.
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Jaguar SA ambassador Carol Bouwer donned her business hat and brought out the big guns for the Lancôme- and Boschendal-sponsored African Odyssey 2021 held recently in Johannesburg. 

With Business Day’s prestigious Wanted Magazine as a media partner, Bouwer and her team hosted outgoing UN undersecretary-general Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Anglo American SA chair Nolitha Fakude, chartered accountant Nonkululeko Gobodo, and Brand Africa founder and chair Thebe Ikalafeng, among other prominent names from across Africa. 

Jaguar hosted the fashion, beauty and business summit at 22 on Sloane, an entrepreneurship accelerator hub in Johannesburg – a perfect match for the event’s goal of empowering women pioneers in business. A deft touch was the addition of co-sponsor Häagen-Dazs to help keep the hot Gauteng weather at bay.

Carol Bouwer.
Carol Bouwer.
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Fakude, who is also vice-president of the International Women’s Forum SA and author of the book Boardroom Dancing: Transformation Stories from a Corporate Activist, reminded the young women attending the summit that we were all doing our own dance through myriad challenges, and that life stopped when we stopped moving. 

The theme of transcending one’s past resonated with the delegates as Gobodo spoke about falling pregnant at 17 and almost giving up until an encounter at her “piece job” highlighted her mathematical genius. The rest is history, and she went on to become SA’s first Black female chartered accountant. 

Bouwer had kept Mlambo-Ngcuka’s attendance a surprise, and the arrival of the former SA deputy president and newly retired executive director of UN Women delighted the audience. 

Boschendal marketing manager Shirley van Wyk co-hosted the summit with outgoing Sowetan Magazine editor Thembalethu Zulu. 

WATCH: Part 1 of the African Odyssey 2021 event (scroll down for part 2)

More reason to celebrate for Boschendal

Boschendal, one of the oldest SA wine farms, dating to 1685, this year marked another milestone in its Cape winemaking history by celebrating 40 years of Cap Classique sparkling wine production. 

The first Boschendal Brut was made in 1981 by Achim von Arnim, then the cellarmaster on the estate and one of the pioneers of Cap Classique – a style of wine that has become synonymous with Boschendal, which now produces five renditions.

The Boschendal area at the 2021 African Odyssey.
The Boschendal area at the 2021 African Odyssey.
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Van Wyk said Cap Classique was one of the pillars of Boschendal’s wine offering: “Since releasing our first Cap Classique 40 years ago, wine lovers have associated this style of wine and the classic refinement it represents with Boschendal. 

“A sophisticated effervescent wine and its celebration of life and wine-lands elegance fitted the aesthetic and winemaking values of Boschendal from the day that first bottle of Boschendal Brut was popped.”

Boschendal’s position as one of SA’s leading producers of Cap Classique has been cemented by winning best producer at the Amorim Cap Classique Challenge in 2013 and 2019.

WATCH: Part 2 of the African Odyssey 2021 event

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