WIETA is governed by a Board representing members from producers, producer organisations, civil society organisations and trade unions. Each constituency nominates its representatives to sit on the Board for a period of two years. The Board nominates a chairperson from within its ranks.
We have three subcommittees that feed policy into the Board and provide strategic guidance to the programmes implemented by the Executive Management of WIETA.
- Accreditation Committee
- Finance Committee
- HR Committee
The WIETA Board
My contribution to WIETA will include the poor and marginalised workers having a voice on the ethical Board as I believe a participatory action methodology will empower workers unlocking their skill, experience and knowledge to identify problems and seek solutions.
Ethical Trade in the wine industry is important in the development of a sustained methodology that is guided by listening to workers and representing them. Workers are the backbone of our economy and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. WIETA can play a role in ensuring this is promoted.
He holds a Diploma in Viticulture and Wine.
“The Perdeberg Group has 28 shareholders and plays an active role to support these farms in achieving the WIETA standards. This gives us an opportunity to understand the challenges at farm level and how to implement the standards practically and sustainably. We also sell our wine as Fair Labour WIETA certified as we understand the different export markets’ demands. It is of the utmost importance to ensure fair working and living conditions for all involved in the wine industry thus ensuring prosperity for all”.
Kurt hold a masters in Law. He believes that it is critical that the voice of the manufacturers and distributors are heard on multi stakeholder groupings such as WIETA. “SA has a poor reputation in terms of ethical trade, and this perception is the result of the media’s focus on the negative elements within our society. It is important that we drive the change within our industry, but also highlight the good work that is being done on our farms by promoting the champions in ethical trade. The focus of our efforts must be to get to 100% ethical compliance in SA which will go beyond the letter of the law.
He holds various qualifications in Advanced Education for Adults from UWC, Local Government Administration and Management, Community Development, Labour Law Management from Unisa and Workplace and Commercial Mediation from UCT. As a social justice activist he works towards achieving equitable redistribution of resources to the rural poor. “ I will continue to work tirelessly to challenge social and economic inequality through fostering peace building and social cohesion. I will ensure that WIETA remains a proactive, world class multi stakeholder initiative and sustainable ethical trade programme for South African wine and the agricultural value chain”.
Ethical Trade ensures genuine respect for workers’ dignity that leads to better labour relations. Workers’ protection is the highest aspiration of WIETA. WIETA promotes and drives ethical awareness and continuous improvement in labour and social conditions of workers in wine.
Phillip du Toit
“Improving the living and working conditions of our local people is an investment in our country’s future. Let us start with small local initiatives. It will have a greater ripple effect. Ethical trade is needed in the wine industry to improve the working and living conditions of agriculture’s biggest resource – people. South Africa does not function in isolation. If we want to be an international role-player we need to meet international standards. Our country has unique problems and therefore we need unique solutions. Only being involved can we be part of the solution.
He holds a BA Hons, MBA Diploma HRM, Diploma in Labour Law, and Strategic HRM Diplomas from UCT and the University of California.
“ I regard WIETA as an important site of struggle for fair labour practices. It has the potential to contribute to industrial peace due to the fact that its focus areas cover areas that are currently the cause of many conflicts and disputes”.
She holds a B Tech degree in Marketing and has completed the Manchester Business School’s Advanced Marketing Strategy Programme.
“WIETA subscribes to and promotes a Code of Good Practice that guides the industry to ensuring a better standard of life for farmworkers. This is no longer the exception but needs to be the norm. Due to our history, more pressures are being placed on the SA Wine Industry by local and international stakeholders to demonstrate that we have good practices in place that are monitored”.
“I am committed to furthering the objectives of WIETA by acting fairly and co-operatively and in the best interests of the association and its members”.