Van Loveren confirms withdrawal of sponsorship
Van Loveren have confirmed that they never intended sponsoring the PHASA on this occassion, and also confirmed that they will never sponsor them in future.
They were duped into sponsoring the PHASA via a lodge, who had merely stated that they had a good platform for getting their wines into the various lodges, but never stated that said platform would be the PHASA.
I will keep Van Loveren to their word, and make sure that they do not end up sponsoring any activities like this in future, either directly or indirectly.
Thanks for your support, and I am glad to say that Van Loveren responded civilly and positively to my communications with them. For the time being, I would recommend that if you are in the market for good South African wine, consider Van Loveren in your purchases.