Lo­cal women bag busi­ness awards

Lo­cal women bag busi­ness awards

DENISE Stubbs of Thokozani Wines with Eco­nomic Op­por­tu­ni­ties MEC Bev­er­ley Schäfer and pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture head Joyene Isaacs at the EU-SA round­table event held at Thokozani. |

TWO women in agri­cul­ture from the Western Cape have been named among the world’s top fe­male en­trepreneurs at the 2019 En­ter­pris­ing Women Awards.

Denise Stubbs of Thokozani Wines and Jeanne Groe­newald of El­gin Chick­ens were named win­ners in their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories. Win­ners had to demon­strate that they could run a fast-grow­ing busi­ness while at the same time men­tor­ing and ac­tively sup­port­ing women and girls in en­trepreneur­ship, and they must also stand out as lead­ers in their com­mu­ni­ties.

The En­ter­pris­ing Women Awards is run an­nu­ally by the US-based En­ter­pris­ing Women mag­a­zine in hon­our of en­trepreneurs in seven cat­e­gories based on the size of their busi­ness. Thokozani hosted a South Africa-EU round ta­ble dis­cus­sion on trends, sus­tain­abil­ity and em­pow­er­ment in the wine in­dus­try.

The dis­cus­sion was at­tended by Eco­nomic Op­por­tu­ni­ties MEC Bev­er­ley Schäfer, EU trade com­mis­sioner Ce­cilia Malm­ström and pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture head Joyene Isaacs. “Thokozani is not just a shin­ing ex­am­ple of trans­for­ma­tion in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor in the Western Cape, it’s grown into an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised, sus­tain­able busi­ness ven­ture un­der the lead­er­ship of Denise Stubbs,” said Schäfer.

El­gin chick­ens has won sev­eral lo­cal awards and Groe­newald was named as one of the win­ners in the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s Fe­male En­tre­pre­neur of the Year awards last year. “Groe­newald has taken El­gin from a few back­yard chick­ens to a ma­jor busi­ness, which now em­ploys over 600 peo­ple, over the two decades she has been in busi­ness.”

Thokozani, the Diemers­fontein Wines em­pow­er­ment ini­tia­tive in which farm­work­ers were given a share of the busi­ness, has seen ex­cel­lent suc­cess over the years, with their Ova­tion wine la­bel be­ing stocked in Wool­worths stores. “These two women are the only South Africans to have been recog­nised among some of the world’s top en­trepreneurs and are in il­lus­tri­ous com­pany on the list,” said Schäfer.

“We con­grat­u­late them on win­ning this award, which not only recog­nises their busi­ness lead­er­ship, but also the role they play in build­ing up their com­mu­ni­ties and in de­vel­op­ing other women en­trepreneurs. “En­trepreneur­ship is of­ten tough and re­quires tenac­ity and heart and through their hard work, Stubbs and Groe­newald have built busi­nesses which cre­ate jobs and al­low peo­ple to mean­ing­fully par­tic­i­pate in the econ­omy.”

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