19 September 2018


Nominations open for Female Entrepreneur Awards

by: Thebe Itumeleng    date: 25 May 2018

MEC for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development  (READ), Manketsi Tlhape, has extended an invite to farmers, organized agriculture unions and commodities, organised women formations, financial institutions, educational institutions, municipalities and residents of the province to nominate female farmers or entrepreneurs to compete for the prestigious 2018 DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards (FEA).

The awards, scheduled to take place in August this year, honour female farmers in the field of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. This annual event seeks to recognise and appreciate the role women play in the sector, their entrepreneurial skills in the mainstream agriculture, forestry and fisheries economy and their efforts and contribution to food security and value chain activities. 

The DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards programme is a joint venture between the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, provinces and key partners in the sector.

The programme also seeks to acknowledge, encourage and increase the participation of women, young women and women with disabilities in the agricultural, forestry and fisheries sector, to honour their efforts in the sector that positively contributes to food security, job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation, and ultimately leverage these entrepreneurs from being subsistence to commercial farmers.      

The objectives of the FEA programme are consistent with the vision of the National Development Plan (NDP), which makes particular reference to the empowerment of women and their involvement in the country’s economic transformation.

The DAFF Female Entrepreneur Awards starts at provincial level where potential winners in different categories go through a rigorous adjudication process.

The female entrepreneurs, through this programme, have not only contributed towards women empowerment and participation in the sector, but further inherited the principle that continues to make significant impact in proper use of natural resources and innovative ways of adapting to the climate change.

Nominees and entries are invited for the following categories:

Best Female Worker in the Sector: 
Best Subsistence Producer,
Top Entrepreneur in the Sector: Smallholder; 
Top Entrepreneur in the Sector: Commercial; 
Top Entrepreneur in the Sector: Export Markets; and 
Top Entrepreneur in the Sector: Processing.

Competition entrants must be involved in agriculture, forestry and fisheries enterprise activities on a full-time basis. Entrants must be willing to allow competition co-ordinators to take video footage that supports information provided on the entry forms. Only South African citizens are allowed to enter for the competition. Past winners in particular categories cannot enter for the same categories again.

Nominated enterprises must be registered in the entrant’s name for a minimum of two years. In the event that the enterprise or entity includes men, women must be in the majority by 80% and must be involved in the ownership, management and decision-making aspects of the entity.

Members of the public can contact departmental district offices across the province to be assisted with entry forms. 

Closing date for nominations and entries is 30 June 2018.

For further enquiries, please contact the Provincial Coordinator: Ms Thandiwe Moripe-Thabethe on: Cell: 079 543 4165 or 018 389 5337/8 or 018 389 5719