Passion transforms into a lucrative business

2018-01-26 06:00
PHOTOS: suppliedBusi Molefe, the co-owner of BBS Farm in Port Shepstone.

PHOTOS: suppliedBusi Molefe, the co-owner of BBS Farm in Port Shepstone.

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WITH a passion for agriculture and a drive to accomplish far beyond what is conventionally expected of a woman, Busi Molefe (49), knew she had to start her own business, which came to fruition in partnership with several ladies.

Molefe is the co-owner of BBS Farm in Port Shepstone which produces
macadamia nuts and tomatoes on six hectares of land.

In addition to retail giants such as Pick n Pay and Spar, her products are exported internationally to Asia, China, Europe and the U.S.

Molefe says she wants to lead by example for her three children, especially her only daughter.

“I don’t want my children to limit themselves in their undertakings.

“They must take full advantage of the opportunities available to them and know that anything is possible,” said Molefe.

After matriculating at Bhekameva High School in Highflats, she did voluntary work for the Advancement Community Development Corporation.

She was selected to represent South Africa in Sweden for an exchange programme facilitated by the corporation, which was awarded to participants from four countries.

While in Sweden Molefe was taken aback by the generosity of a Swedish family who offered to fund her entire studies on her return to South Africa.

By this time she had already developed a passion for farming and enrolled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s
Pietermaritzburg campus for a degree in agricultural extension and rural resources management.

The career choice bore fruit as she was recently honoured at a gala dinner hosted by Ithala Development Finance Corporation which acknowledged exceptional businesswomen on a public platform.

Molefe walked away with R15 000 for securing third position among 145 entries in Ithala’s Imbokodo Iyazenzela Women in Business Awards, a flagship programme of the KZN provincial development agency.

Wearing a production and marketing manager’s hat at BBS Farm, she hopes to inspire other aspiring women to chase after their dreams and make a success of their lives.

“I’d like to see more women
starting their own business and breaking the glass ceiling in previously male-dominated industries,” said Molefe.

A recent McKinsey Global Institute report found that $12 trillion could be added to the global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality.

McKinsey’s Power of Parity Study also confirmed that women’s economic contribution globally is around 37% of the GDP with African women contributing 39% to GDP, which is slightly above the average.

Molefe and her business partners hope to expand their business portfolio to include tea tree oil products and a fish farm in the near future.

- Supplied.

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