It's again that time of year when South Africa's top rural woman entrepreneur is crowned in Landbouweekblad and Sanlam's annual Landbouvroue-entrepreneur competition.
This year's entries are particularly impressive, sporting products as diverse as jackal karosses and medicinal comfrey ointments. It's truly extraordinary to see what creativity these woman apply to make a profit from whatever is at their disposal.
At a gala function, to be held on 28 October at the Durbanville Hills Estate in Cape Town, the top business woman will walk away with a R65 000 cash prize to reinvest in her business.
This year's six finalists are Serita Swart from Victoria West, Northern Cape, who makes kaross and other hide products; Annemarie Fourie from Senekal, Free State, who produces unqiue and contemporary knitwear; Ronel Swart from Graskop close to Hazyview, Mpumalanga, who not only produces silk products, but also does substantial community upliftment work; the multi-faceted Hannetjie Loots from Lephalale, Limpopo, a qualified educational psychologist who farms with stud Brahmans and runs her own school; Engela Kruger from Middelburg, Eastern Cape, who manages a leather operation that produces affordable equestrian products for farmers; and Sanette Mey from Patensie, Eastern Cape, who developed a medicinal comfrey ointment. These six formidable women are truly all winners in their own right.