The overall winner, Matshidiso Portia Mngomezulu and Minister Senzeni Zokwana

To celebrate the strides made by women in 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 on 24 August 2018.

The DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards, which are in their 19th year, continue to pay tribute to the efforts and contribution by women, young females and women with disabilities for the roles they play 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.

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 award 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. – Press release