The Autograph distillery draws inspiration from the variety and quality of South African talent on offer across our diverse country.
They want to recognise and celebrate the achievements of those individuals, who live up to their creed of “perfection distilled!” and as such will be launching the Perfection Distilled Campaign celebrating unique individuals from across South Africa in March.
The first episode in the series features Luyanda Thobigunya and Baphelele Mbobo, two amazing off-road riders from Kayamandi in Stellenbosch . Check out the clip of them in action and their achievements on YouTube and Facebook at https://youtu.be/3whA_BTf-xk.
You can also get involved! Do you know a uniquely talented individual or individuals who should be featured in the campaign? If so please send their story to firstname.lastname@example.org and they may be the next person featured!
Let’s all get behind the campaign and showcase unique South African talent together.
“Success is when your signature becomes an Autograph ”
Baphelele and Luyanda’s story
Baphelele and Luyanda come from the bustling, energetic township of Kayamandi in Stellenbosch. Initially mentored by Songo Fipaza and taught how to ride BMX’s on the Kayamandi pumptrack. It was here that they honed their skills and why both can pull a wheelie for about a mile!
In 2015, with the creation of BMT racing team they were introduced to Chris Norton by Songo himself. Baphelele was employed at BMT as a mechanic and Luyanda continued at school. They rode their first Absa Cape Epic together in 2017 coming second in the Exarro Section and even appearing on CNN’s inside Africa program.
In 2018 they came second again in the Absa Cape Epic, but went on to win the Exarro category at FNB Wines2Whales and with that have qualified for the Swiss Epic 2019. They have also both just qualified as mountain bike guides and work at BMT’s trail centre at Boschendal farm estate.
These two amazing characters have formed a bond that is built on trust in one another and always watching the others back. Despite circumstance they have defeated the odds and will certainly be putting up one almighty fight to win the Exarro category at the Absa Cape Epic 2019.