Fish kraals win prize for mother

2010-08-31 00:00

THE Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department held a national Female Entrepreneur of the Year Competition at Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal scooped the award of the best Subsistence Producer in the Fisheries category.

The national event was preceded by provincial competitions and saw women from all nine provinces battling it out for the first prize in all categories.

Female entrepreneur Dolie Patricia Mthembu was honoured as the best Subsistence Producer in the Fisheries category. She walked away with a certificate, an award and R120 000 prize money on top of the R50 000 that she received during the provincial leg of the competition.

Mthembu (41) is a single mother of five from KwaNgwanase on the border of South Africa and Mozambique.

She makes a living selling the fish she catches to hawkers, retailers and the local community.

According to a statement, she practices a rare but environmentally friendly fishing method that uses kraal traps built on the beach, locally known as izimvambi, to capture fish.

An elated Mthembu plans to use her prize money to develop her business, building more fish traps and paying for her children’s education.

The Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development congratulated Mthembu on her win. The department’s MEC Lydia Johnson said the department will work very closely with Mthembu and assist her in her future endeavours.

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