Rebel with a cause - Raats joins My School Dream School South Africa

Thursday, 12 December, 2013
Winemaker Bruwer Raats will make an appearance in the MySchool Dream School SA reality series on MNet this December. Episode ten featuring Raats will be aired on Sunday, 15 December, on Channel 101 at 17h00.
The 15-episode series presented by AneleMdodafollows fifteen youths, who have dropped out of school as they receive a second chance at education at a dream school. A series of celebrity teachers share their knowledge and passion to give these learners the opportunity to rediscover education in a whole new way. The series is a South African first and is based on celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s highly successful Dream School UK.

According to Raats, he was very touched when his former Grey College principal Johan Volsteedt approached him to be part of the project. “I was really surprised to hear from Johan as we both know that I was a bit of a problem child at school. I was quite a rebellious outsider at Grey and only really found my niche in life once I went to Elsenburgagricultural college. So, it was very encouraging when he asked me to be part of this life-changing programme and to give something back to the youth of our country,” mentions Raats.

Raats hosted the group at his farm in Polkadraai in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands where he has been following his passion and creating award-winning wines under the Raats Family Wines and MvemveRaatslabels. Raats conducted a vineyard walk and wine presentation before sharing his business philosophy with the group and hosting them for a traditional boerebraai.

“These kids all have potential – we just need to help them unlock it. They only need some encouragement to boost their confidence and self-belief. It was great to be able to share some of the similarities in our lives and also the philosophies behind my success with them. I honestly believe that our future lies in the youth of this country and it was an exciting opportunity to play a role in shaping the lives of these youngsters,” explains Raats.

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