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Absa Capital hosts 10th annual Champagne Festival this weekend  

 9/6/2011 

Absa Capital, the investment banking division of Absa Bank Ltd, will be hosting the 10th annual Absa Capital Champagne Festival this Sunday, 11 September at Summer Place in Johannesburg.

The Festival, the only one of its kind in South Africa, will give guests the opportunity to sample over 30 exclusive French Champagnes including Bollinger, Guy Charbaut, Krug, Laurent Perrier and Taittinger.

This year, the Festival welcomes the much anticipated attendance of Champagne master extraordinaire, Daniel Lorson. Daniel was born into a Champagne producing family and started his career in the industry at Veuve Clicquot. He soon moved on to hold several senior positions at iconic houses such as Laurent-Perrier and Louis Roederer.

With a vast knowledge of the industry, he joined the Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), the French regulatory body for Champagne, as communications director – a position he held for 15 years. He is also currently writing a book on the history of Champagne.

Daniel will be travelling from France to South Africa to attend and present at the Absa Capital Champagne Festival.

Said Zodwa Pakade, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Absa Capital and Absa Wealth: “South Africa has become one of the top three Champagne markets in Africa. Hosting the Absa Capital Champagne Festival provides our esteemed guests with the perfect opportunity to enjoy the art of Champagne.”

“Furthermore, we are delighted to have Daniel join us at the Festival this year. He will be able to share a wealth of knowledge and insight into the heritage of Champagne, its diversity and its history,” concluded Pakade.

The event takes place from 10:30 until 13:00 on Sunday, 11 September at Summer Place on Melville Road, Johannesburg. A limited number of tickets are available to the public. For bookings, please go to www.absacapital.com/ChampagneFestival/.

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About Absa Capital

Absa Capital, a division of Absa Bank Limited and affiliated to Barclays Capital, is a leading South African investment bank with global reach, offering clients financing, risk management and advisory solutions in a wide range of currencies and structures across the globe.

Issued by:

FD Media & Investor Relations
Claire McKay
+27 11 214 2409
+27 82 964 9884
claire.mckay@fd.com

For further information contact:
Ammerance Kidson
Manager
Marketing and Corporate Communications
Absa Capital
+27 11 895 6040
+27 82 556 7065
ammerance.kidson@absacapital.com

Graeme Coetzee
Associate Principal
Marketing and Corporate Communications
+27 11 895 6695
+27 79 695 9798
graeme.coetzee@absacapital.com

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