Responsible Drinking During Festive Season

Ke Dezemba Boss!  You hear this a lot around this time of the year.  It is a term translated in different ways by a lot of people – It’s time to relax and let go.  It is time to dress up, look good and paint the town whatever colour you wish.  It is time to spend those hard earned bonuses, spoil loved ones and just celebrate / enjoy life.  It is also time to go on road trip across country and explore.  It is basically a time to eat, drink and be merry……


While we encourage that as it is not a bad thing considering that we work hard the whole year and one deserves to take a break and celebrate life once in a while.  We have to remember that it comes with a certain degree of responsibility.  We all have to make it to 2015 in one piece, without a criminal record for drinking and driving or worse.  I have asked winemakers and representatives from alcoholic beverage manufacturers around the country to give advise on how to enjoy oneself in a responsible manner during this time of the year, this is what they had to say….


“Drink plenty of water to ensure you stay refreshed.  Eat something before you have your first drink.

If you are the host, make sure there is plenty to eat as well as non-alcoholic soft drinks or juice to sip on in between.” Lizanne Peters – Brand manager of Two Oceans Wines


“Be safe this season. Don’t drive when you are fatigued, it affects your judgement and your response times. Cut back on the alcohol and stay hydrated. Alternate every drink with a glass of water.” Deon Boshoff – Place in the Sun cellarmaster


“Don’t allow yourself to be distracted when driving this holiday. Don’t text, don’t fix your hair or your make-up and don’t turn to chat to someone in the back seat, while you are driving.” Praisy Dlamini – Zonnebloem winemaker


 “Be responsible. Choose a designated driver. Decide beforehand who’s going to be doing the driving. As a backup, make sure you have the number of a taxi with you.” Taygan Govinden – Black Bottle, Bunnahabhain and Scottish Leader marketing manager


“Forget about relying on coffee if you have been drinking and then plan to drive. The body metabolises approximately one standard drink per hour until the alcohol is out of your system. Drinking coffee may keep you awake but it won’t keep you fit to drive. Rather be responsible and choose a designated driver.” Razvan Macici – Nederburg Cellarmaster


“The festive season is upon us again, celebrations and festivities are in abundance. Please remember to practice responsible drinking.” Olivia Poonah, the winemaker of the Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, Robertson Wines


“Ladies tend to drink more responsibly, so I think they should take the wheel this Festive Season.” Jacques Geldenhuys – Baleia Bay Wines


“Save a life, drink at home” Henri Swiegers – Badsberg Cellar


Happy festive season everyone!  It is indeed Ke Dezemba Boss, but remember to be safe!


About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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