Two Western Cape women have won top honours at the National Female Entrepreneur Awards.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated Lindelwa Mabuya and Caroline de Villiers who were announced as national winners during last night’s ceremony in Polokwane.

Earlier this month, in the Western Cape leg of the Female Entrepreneur Awards, Mabuya won the Best Female Worker and De Villliers was selected as the Top Entrepreneur Commercial.

Minister Winde commended the winners for their achievement.

“Lindelwa and Caroline serve as an inspiration to this country’s agriculture sector. I am pleased that their hard work has been recoginsed nationally and I want to thank them for their commitment to taking agriculture forward. “

For a brief profile on the winners, please see below:

Best Female Worker – Lindelwa Mabuya – Abagold Abalone Farming, Hermanus

Lindelwa has worked at Abagold for the past 19 years. She started as a general worker and  was promoted to specialist abalone spawning manager in 2000. Her work entails spawning, settling, cleaning the brood stock and feeding them.

Top Entrepreneur Commercial - Caroline de Villiers, Themba Trees, Elgin

Caroline started Themba Trees in 2007 as a small tree farm. Today it is a large-scale business supplying young saplings and mature trees to government departments, landscapers, farmers, wine estates, residential estates, nurseries and wholesale nurseries throughout South Africa.


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Bronwynne Jooste
Spokesperson: Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities
Responsible for Tourism, Economic Development and Agriculture
Western Cape Government

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