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Top women in W Cape agriculture honoured

Aug 12 2016 16:56

Cape Town - The top women in agriculture in the Western Cape have been announced.

Lindelwa Mabuya of Abagold Abalone Farming in Hermanus was honoured as best female worker. She has worked at Abagold for the past 19 years. She started as a general worker and was promoted to specialist abalone spawning manager in 2000. Her work entails spawning, settling, cleaning the brood stock and feeding them.

Viona Kapank, head of the Haarlem Vroue Vereniging in Haarlem, won the category of best subsistence producer. The Haarlem Vroue Vereniging is a community garden in Haarlem, tended by women farming with vegetables. The garden was started in 2013 by a group of unemployed women looking for a source of food security. They also donate to their community.

The Top Entrepreneur Smallholder category was won by Anastasia Smith of Antastasia’s Fresh Farm Produce in Atlantis. She started a small vegetable farm in 2012. Since then her formal and informal markets have grown to such an extent that she had to increase her production.

Essolita Poole of the Hopefield Abattoir in Hopefield won the category Top Entrepreneur Processing. She started her business in 2001, slaughtering 800 broiler chickens per week. Her business has grown and now deals with about 4 000 broiler chicken per week.

In addition, the abattoir slaughters 1 000 rabbits per month and 500 other poultry such as ducks. The abattoir is the only registered kosher abattoir in the Western Cape and also caters for the halaal market.

The category of Top Entrepreneur Commercial was won by Caroline de Villiers of Themba Trees in Elgin. She started Themba Trees in 2007 as a small tree farm. Today it is a large-scale business supplying young saplings and mature trees to government departments, landscapers, farmers, wine estates, residential estates, nurseries and wholesale nurseries throughout South Africa.

Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde announced the winner of the Ministerial Award (Youth) as Ashley-Ann May of Latana Cheese in Oudtshoorn.

She is responsible for the cheese-making at Latana Cheese, a small company manufacturing cheese in the traditional way. This process includes no chemicals, colourants or taste substances. Her duties include management of the planning, production and delivery to market.

These provincial winners will compete in a national event set to take place in Polokwane on August 25.

* August is Women's Month and Fin24, in collaboration with the Sanlam Enterprise Supplier Development Programme, invites you to help us celebrate and showcase SA's extraordinary women in business.

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