Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela

Founder/Brewer, Brewsters Craft


Apiwe Nxusani Mawela is the Founder of Brewsters Craft in Roodepoort, Johannesburg.  She is one of the most passionate female brewers the African brewing industry has seen in recent years.  Born and raised in a small village in South Africa, Apiwe was first intrigued by the science of beer making when she visited an open day at a university during her high school days.  After high school she went and completed a BSc degree from Wits University and then Honours majoring in Microbiology from University of Pretoria.


Brewsters Craft is the first black female majority owned brewing company in South Africa. The company was founded by Apiwe in 2015 and is currently the leading provider of training, quality analysis and consultant services within the South Africa brewing industry.


Apiwe has over 12 years practical brewing experience within both macro and micro brewing industries. She holds a BSc Honours in Microbiology from University of Pretoria, Master Brewer qualification from the Institute of Brewing & Distilling.  In 2010, she became the first person in South Africa to complete the National Diploma in Clear Fermented Beverages (NQF 6) through the Food-Bev SETA and Institute of Brewing – Africa Section.


Apiwe is passionate about Africa, its people and the continent’s advancement within the global brewing community and serves on the following bodies:


Chairperson: Institute of Brewing and Distilling; Africa Section
Board of Directors: Craft Brewers Association of South Africa
Board of Directors: African Manufacturers Association
Chairperson of the Board: Beer Association of South Africa

All sessions

Journey in Bringing Commercial and Traditional Brewing Together

  • 25 September, 2020
  • 12:00 - 12:20
  • Main Stage