It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the 2nd Mme Re Ka Thusa, Conference and Awards, themed Women Moving Mountains aimed at celebrating and supporting local businesswomen in the Northern Cape Province.
The Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust was established in 2006 with the aim to assist previously disadvantaged women to expand and grow their businesses.
It is an essential vehicle that is designed to assist women in realising their full business potential and in turn allowing them to
contribute meaningfully to the economic growth and development of the country.
As government, we remain mindful of our role in continuing to assist and enable the empowerment of women in business and economic empowerment initiatives, together with our partners.
Following on from the inaugural Strike a Rock event, the 2017 Women Moving Mountains Conference and Awards presents a unique opportunity to network with fellow peers, improve women’s access to capital and markets, build women’s capacities and skills and support the rise of women leaders in both the public and private sectors.
Thank you to our sponsors
Today, we will be recognising the businesswoman who has achieved beyond expectations and proven herself an exceptional entrepreneur and leader.
We are excited to announce that she will be given a R70 000 business grant from Solar Capital.
We as women are uniquely positioned to have the greatest impact on South Africa’s future economic growth. The sky is the limit and we look forward to collaborating with you in shaping this exciting sector.
2017 The Overall Winner
The Category Winners
Overall Winner Best Start-up Technology Business:
Grace Makhetha of Women on Edge Civil Contractors from the Frances Baard District.
Best Established Business:
Thandi Motsaathebe of Human Capital Maximisers from the John Taolo District.
Best Medium Sized Business:
Maria Kantwan of Kantwan Liverstock Farming from the Frances Baard District.
Best Youth Business:
Noncedo Seekoei of Karoo Travel Dimensions from Pixley Ka Seme District
OBJECTIVES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE TRUST
Mme Re Ka Thusa Trust Fund was designed to address the challenges of Women owned enterprises. Its objectives are as follows:
- Provision of credit for Women Enterprise Development.
- Capacity building of women beneficiaries
- Support and Mentoring
- Lobby and facilitate contract and investments that will be beneficial to women enterprises
- Support and facilitate development of linkages between women owned enterprises and big
- Provide business development services to Women enterprises