A total of 120 applicants have been received for the CEO position at the newly established South African Wine and Brandy Company (SAWB) - the new wine industry mouthpiece in the Cape.

Five directors for each of the four chambers have been nominated and a four man executive committee selected, with Jan Scannel, MD of Distell, as acting chairman. He will remain as chairman of the executive committee once an independent chairperson is chosen.

The successful CEO will run a small full-time office to handle the management and administration for various functional units. They have been identified as market development; research and technological development; human resources development; business intelligence services; and socio-economic empowerment.

The directors - nominated from the ranks of the four direct stakeholder groups - are:

Wine farmers: Danie de Wet, Jannie le Roux, Pieter Hugo, Abrie Botha, Sharon February

Cellars: Izak Visagie, Kobus Joubert, Kobus Louw, Petrus van Rensburg, Herman Cruywagen

Labour: Nosey Pieterse, Baronese Claasen, Barry Stemmet, Trevor Hufke, Anthony Hendricks

Trade: Jan Scannell, Tshidi Seane, Dr Willem Barnard, Hermann Böhmer, Riaan Kruger.

De Wet, Visagie, Pieterse and Scannell will form the executive committee.