South Africa will soon be cracking open ice-cold Soweto Gold – a new craft beer to hit the market in honour of the youth who fought for decent education during the 1976 Soweto uprisings.
Chemical engineer and beer mastermind Ndumiso Madlala explains that he owes his education in part to those who fought for it some 37 years ago.
“So when I looked around for a place where I could actually showcase my brewing skills, Soweto was a perfect venue for me,” he told eNCA during an interview.
The brand’s logo.
The lager is currently being brewed in Kwa-Zulu Natal, but brewing will be moved near to Vilakazi Street in Soweto – the street where both former president Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu once lived – as soon as the new premises is ready.
“We are going to be the first people to have a microbrewery in a township, and obviously the name Soweto resonates around the world,” Madlala adds.
He plans to sell almost three million litres of the brew annually and will also be looking at expanding his range.