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Meet Zim’s finest-winemaker, The story of Joseph Dafana
FROM cutting the lawn, daring the wobbling engine of the lawnmower to being an internationally-acclaimed winemaker and sommelier. The South Africa-based wine-maker, who grew up in Watsomba Village in Manicaland, made the painful decision to trek to neighbouring South Africa in 2009.
It was the most painful endeavour, yet the only choice that the young Dhafana had at the time. In face of joblessness and the mounting pressure to feed his family at a time when Zimbabwe faced its worst ever economic downturn. He found himself settled at the Methodist Church building in central Johannesburg, where there were dozens of refugees seeking free shelter and bits of bread. Life was a living hell, a moment that Dhafana would want erased
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