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Stellenbosch Women in Agriculture Crowned


20 July 2017 [group_audience]
Maria Persens and Ingrid de Waal receive their awards from Minister Alan Winde

Six Western Cape’s top female entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector have been crowned. The winners of the Western Cape leg of the Female Entrepreneur Awards were announced earlier this week, including two coming from the Stellenbosch region. The six winners will all compete in the national competition on 27 August 2015.

Stellenbosch winners                                                                                                                                     They are Maria Persens of De Fynne Nursery in Klapmuts (Best Female Worker) and Ingrid de Waal of Canette Vallei (The Entrepreneur Commercial - Provincial Nominee).

Maria Persens has worked in a range of areas at the nursery for the past eight years. Her key role is working with the research plant material that De Fynne grows for research institutions. De Fynne Nursery is a wholesale plant growing nursery and plum production farm. Read more at

Ingrid de Waal is the only female lavender producer in the Western Cape.  She produces lavender essential oil, lavender cut flowers, dried flowers and handmade soap. Ingrid is also the only person in South Africa to produce raw lavender honey. Ingrid also cooks and sells traditional “Kaapse Moskonfyt”. Read more at                                              

Purpose of competition   
The competition is a partnership between the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the provincial departments of Agriculture. The aim is to honour the sector’s leading women.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mr Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated the winners. “It’s fitting that in Women’s Month, we are able celebrate the women who are making a significant impact in our agricultural sector. All of the entrants are making a valuable contribution to food security, job creation and economic growth. It’s particularly important to celebrate women in this sector, which is generally seen as male-dominated. I am so pleased to honour their achievements.”

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