Byline: Kelebogile Masemola

03 April 2022

The Basadi Farmers and Business Market hosted an event aimed at exposing local small-scale farmers and SMMEs on Saturday, 2 April 2022 in Mabopane, Tshwane.

The event was organized in partnership with Morongwa Foundation and the Hebron Mango Tree Cooperative.

Different businesses set up stalls on the day to market their businesses and exhibit their products.

Founder and CEO of Morongwa Foundation, Nkagare Makhudu said the initiative was born out of a need to address gender-specific obstacles faced by women in farming, as well as bridge the gap between rural women, youth, persons with disabilities, and access to markets, however, has also drawn the attention of up and coming SMMES.

“The market has seen significant growth in the last few months of being established and continues to attract interest from smallholder farmers and small-medium enterprises from as far as Sebokeng in the Vaal, Soweto, Mamelodi, Kgabalatsane, Rabokala, Maboloka, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve, Winterveldt, Hebron and Mabopane,” said Makhudu.

Some of the businesses participating in this market specialize in organic farming, agro-processing, eco-homes, solar technology, winemaking, honey, ginger beer (gemere), moringa products, health products, food and beverages, baking, beauty and fashion, visual arts, performing arts, financial services, business advisory, loyalty programs, kids entertainment and more.

Atlegang Hanson, owner and founder of Baroh Cakes from Ga-Rankuwa said she loved the concept that Basadi Farmers & Business Market created and the opportunity it gave to small businesses.

“My business has really grown from last year September and I’m hoping that by the end of this year I will be able to take in two students as I’m currently baking on my own.

“It is with the help of initiatives such as Basadi Farmers & Business Market that small businesses are able to grow,” Henson said.

The Basadi Farmers & Business Market is held every first Saturday of the month in Mabopane, City of Tshwane.