Meet the owner of the first black-owned gin brand in Africa: Luvuyo Jongile

Meet the owner of the first black-owned gin brand in Africa: Luvuyo Jongile

Luvuyo Jongile is the co-founder of Africa's first black-owned gin brand, Mayine Gin. He decided to start his own alcohol company after he realised that international companies were making money off South Africans and not uplifting them.

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His partner is his wife, Nodumo, together they researched the gin industry and experimented with different flavours and ingredients. They created two different types of Gin, Rooibos Infused Mayine and Grape Mayine.

To create a uniquely South African gin they infused the gin with traditional herbs such as imphepho. The botel retail at a competitive price of R290, including delivery around Cape Town.

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Due to the costs involved in starting the company, they have not broken even yet but hope to start making a profit soon with the help of South Africa citizens.

They hope to establish to fist gin distillery in Khayelitsha as a way of giving back to the community by providing jobs, a restaurant is also in the pipeline which would be situated next to the distillery to boost tourism in the township.

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