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N West women win award

Aug 17 2014 21:03

Johannesburg - The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries has awarded the Female Entrepreneur Award for 2014 to a group of women entrepreneurs in the North West.

The Kopanang primary agricultural co-operative from the Gopane village in the Ngaka Modiri Molema district has been crowned the winners.

North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said: "Having resolved to make agriculture our number one priority in terms of economic development, I wish to express my confidence in the work being done by women of this province.

The co-operative won R1.7m worth of infrastructure support.

The annual ceremony was hosted by the department of rural development in the North West province and was attended by about 500 women and stakeholders in the agriculture sector.

Local abattoirs

"Mahumapelo said the nature of this female empowerment programme fits well into the conceived plan of rebranding, repositioning and renewal of the province," said spokesperson Bonolo Mohlakoana.

The co-operative, which comprised five women, collected animal fat from the local abattoirs and at local events, which they process to produce bars of soap that were approved by the South African Bureau of Standards.

"The soaps are sold within the local communities, around and outside the province," said Mohlakoana.

Founder and chairperson of the co-operative, Motlalepula Moroeng who started the project in 2012, said their win called for the creation of more jobs, both by the co-operative as well as locally.

Seventeen other women-owned projects qualified for participation in this year's competition.


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