DAFF Female Entrepreneurs

DAFF honours top female entrepreneurs


To celebrate the strides made by women in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors during Women’s Month, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) announced the top female farmers at a prestigious ceremony held in the Eastern Cape in August.

The DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards, which are in their 19th year, continue to pay tribute to the efforts and contribution of women towards ensuring food security, poverty alleviation, job creation and economic growth in the sector. The annual awards are held in partnership with Total South Africa.

In her address at the gala dinner, Ms Tshilidzi Ramuedzisi, Innovation and Corporate Affairs Manager at Total South Africa, said that one of Total’s core values is to have a pioneering spirit, and all the women who had made it to the finalist stage were exemplary of this core value.

The Best Female Worker went to Bhekisephi Banengiwe Xulu; Best Subsistence Producer went to Esther Irine Nell; Top Entrepreneur: Smallholder went to Leandre Elise Beatrice Mitchley; Top Entrepreneur: Processing went to Matshidiso Portia Mngomezulu; Top Entrepreneur: Commercial went to Maleka Pauline Dorcas; Top Entrepreneur: Export Markets went to Noluthando Mbilase.

The Minister’s special awards for young female entrepreneur went to Nosiphiwo Makhapela and the award for the female entrepreneur with disability in the sector went to Selinah Mphedziseni Mulovhedzi. 

The overall winner based on the highest scoring points and cross cutting criteria for entrepreneur went to Matshidiso Portia Mngomezulu.



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