04 September 2018 Read: 211
The MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Mr Basikopo Makamu expressed joy at two Limpopo Female Entrepreneurs emerging with top honours in their categories during the National Female Entrepreneurs Awards hosted by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Mr Senzeni Zokwana yesterday evening in East London, Eastern Cape.
The two Limpopo Winners are:
Paulina Dorcas Maleka: Top Entrepreneur Commercial. She won the prize money of R250 000, Certificate and a trophy. Selina Mphedziseni Mulobedzi who walked away with the Ministerial Special Award for Disabled Female Entrepreneur. She won the prize money of R100 000.
The National Female Entrepreneur Awards are the grand finale of Provincial Female Entrepreneur Awards where winners are selected to represent individual provinces at the National Awards held under the auspices of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Paulinah Dorcas Maleka (Waterberg District):
She started farming in 2008 and has shown determination and commitment by working hard to keep her farm operational. She started farming a 2 hectares of land and extended to 8 hectares to meet market demands. Currently she is operating on a 220 hectares for sunflower, 8 hectares for cash crops and 20 hectares for buffalo grass to feed her livestock she plants a variety of vegetables such as butternut, green pepper, spinach and carrots for formal markets and retail outlets. Maleka employs 10 permanent workers and 70 seasonal workers.
Selinah Mphedziseni Mulobedzi (Vhembe District):
Mulobedzi started farming in 2007. She started off with her daughter in law. The Department of Trade and Industry provided her with a cash injection to procure a 10 000 litre reservoir, fencing, poles for nursey, nursery nets and 200 trays for seedlings. She employs five permanent and 12 seasonal workers. The Female Entrepreneur Awards seek recognise, encourage and increase the participation of women in agriculture. In the medium to long term the project seeks to elevate women from subsistence farming to the mainstream of the sector.
“We want to see the awards grow big and bring more women into agriculture,” explained Molebatsi Masedi, spokesperson for the office of the MEC for Agriculture. “Extension officers who are in daily contact with farmers are to be commended for the good work they are doing to provide support and guidance out in farms.”