Themba Tree lady wins top entrepreneur award
Caroline de Villiers, from Themba Trees, Elgin won top honour at the National Female Entrepreneur Awards.
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated Caroline de Villiers as the national winner during the evening ceremony in Polokwane in August.
“Caroline serves as an inspiration to this country’s agriculture sector. I am pleased that her hard work has been recoginsed nationally and I want to thank her for her 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.