Mmathoko Jarita Mabula (62) became the overall winner at the DAFF FEA Female Entrepreneur awards 2019. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in partnership with Total South Africa hosted the 20th annual Female Entrepreneur Awards (DAFF FEA) held a gala dinner in Cape Town on Friday night.
Mabula owns Mahlohomolo Investments, which is a chicken egg production enterprise located outside Bela-Bela town in Limpopo.
The enterprise started in 2014 with 4 production houses and expanded into 4 extra houses with each having the capacity of 15 000 Layers producing 110 000 eggs daily.
The entity comprises 250 households, 2000 beneficiaries and executive committee of 3 females and a male and it employs 17 permanent and 10 casual workers.
Commercial layers are reared using the battery cage system and the layers are kept in groups of four in a cage system that is automated.
Feeds are provided through a conveyer belt system and each house is fitted with a monitor that is linked to a computer.
The farm’s handling and packaging are done by automated machine through to egg packers and are wrapped for collection by distributors.
The enterprise sells a quantity of +-110 000 eggs per day to distributors.