By Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities:
A Western Cape female farmer, Tenjiwe Kaba, has been selected as one of the country’s top agri-entrepreneurs.
Kaba was named as one of the winners in the Female Entrepreneur Awards, which were held in Durban last night.
Last week, she won the subsistence producer category in the Western Cape leg of the awards.
She leads Moyo We Khaya, a community garden in Khayelitsha tended by women farming with vegetables. This group stood out for the excellent service they deliver to the community and for the inspiration they provide for other residents.
Speaking this morning, Kaba said she had big plans for her enterprise.
“I would like to thank the provincial and national Departments of Agriculture. They have given me this award and I am bringing it home to Cape Town. The next step for me is to get more land and start planting more vegetables such as sprouts and mushrooms. I want to start selling to restaurants and hotels. It is a big honour for me to able to motivate other women in the community.”
Kaba added that she would use her prize money to get premises for administration offices.
“We currently only have one container. I would like a space for us to do our admin and a kitchen.”
Minister Winde congratulated Kaba.
“Tenjiwe is a role model for residents and an excellent ambassador for the agricultural sector. She is playing an important role in food security and we need to celebrate her achievements. I am so pleased that Moyo We Khaya has received national recognition for the good work they are doing,” said Minister Winde.
The Female Entrepreneur Awards is a partnership between the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the provincial departments of Agriculture.
Now in its 16th year, it seeks to honour the sector’s leading women.