06 Aug

South African Breweries Supporting Black Female Beverage Manufacturers


In the quest to shatter glass ceilings in the beverage-manufacturing sector, the South African Breweries (SAB) proudly welcomes four women in what is the predominantly a male dominated industry, who have enrolled for the 2019 SAB Lerumo programme.

SAB Lerumo, powered by SAB KickStart, focuses on black female-owned small-to-medium enterprises in the beverage manufacturing industry with the intention of helping them to thrive and prosper in commercial markets.

As one of the leading beverage manufacturing organizations in the country, SAB has the aim of leveraging on our expertise and effeciencies in the industry, to provide exposure to small businesses in beverage manufacturing, to learn from. Through the programme, the businesses will receive exposure to the value chain as well as industry trade processes.

The five-month programme consists of targeted business mentorship, market access linkages, need-based asset investment, industry panel discussions and bespoke consultations with SAB’s very own industry experts.

The top entrepreneurs for SAB Lerumo 2019 are:

Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela ( Owner of Brewsters Craft)

Launched Brewsters Craft, a brewing company that manufactures beers and ciders, in 2015. The business offers a variety of services such as contract manufacturing and has now launched African’s first black women brewery in July 2019. Brewsters Craft is a 90% black women owned business and currently employs five people with plans to expand to 12 by early 2020. It is currently located in Gauteng and receives client enquiries from Cape Town, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Botswana.

Gladys Mawoneke (Owner of BREVA Beverages)

Gladys established BREVA Beverages in 2014. Breva Beverages offers alcohol-free beverages to adults. The business has two ranges of products – BREVA, non-alcoholic lager and Paradise, alcohol-free gin. It is a 100% black women owned business that employs six people. Operating from Gauteng, BREVA products can be found in all Pick n Pay stores nationwide as well as in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mmule Setati (Owner of Frutal Juice)

Mmule bought Frutal Juice in 2018, a business that manufactures fresh fruit juices. It is a 100% black women owned business that employs 18-people. Frutal Juice can be found in three provinces – Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. Products can be found in Pick n Pay and Spar stores as well as in Fry’s Metals, a lead recycling operation in Germiston. 

Mosibudi Makgato (Co-owner of YaMama Gemmer)

Mosibudi launched RM Catering Services, which trades as YaMama Gemmer in 2015 with her sister, Rosemary Padi. YaMama Gemmer is a homemade, traditional ginger beer that is non-alcoholic and contains no artificial preservatives or additives. YaMama Gemmer is a 100% black women-owned business that employs six people. Currently, products can be found in three provinces – Gauteng, Free State and the North West – with plans to expand to the Eastern Cape and Polokwane soon.


  1. SAB Lerumo Masterclasses
  • Date: 27th-28th August 2019
  • Venue: 56 Grosvenor, Bryanston, Zone HQ (Closed training sessions)
  1. SAB BeerTalks (The focus of the beer talks will be on Women’s Month)
  • Date: 30th August 2019
  • Venue: 56 Grosvenor, Bryanston, Zone HQ (The Brewery)
  1. SAB Lerumo Market day
  • Date: 30th August 2019
  • Venue: 56 Grosvenor, Bryanston, Zone HQ (The Brewery)


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