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The South African Sommeliers Association announces a new board member LeRoi Van de Vyver.


The South African Sommeliers Association held its annual general meeting on the 20th of April. After five years of stellar service, Esmé Groenewald will be stepping off the board. She has been an instrumental figure in the organization, and as she departs, we celebrate the many things that have been achieved. Taking her place on the board is Best Young Sommelier finalist LeRoi Van de Vyver: "I'm excited to be part of such an amazing team striving to improve the Sommelier industry in South Africa."

The New Administrative Board

  • Spencer Fondaumiere: Chairperson

  • Wayve Kolevsohn: Vice Chair & Education Committee

  • Laurie Cooper: Treasurer & General Secretary

  • Shane Mumba: member

  • Le Roi Van de Vyver: member

A word from our Chairperson, Spencer Fondaumiere, "What an incredible year it has been for SASA. We can look back with great pride on what we have achieved. It is exhilarating to have somebody of Le Roi's pedigree join the board. We now have two finalists from the Best Young Somm competition on the board. It is a great indicator of the future of the organization. On behalf of the board, I would like to sincerely thank Esmè for her tireless commitment to SASA and wish her well in her next chapter."

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