Two local women, Glenrose Mashiqa and Nondumiso Mpitimpiti, were honoured at the recent Clover Mama Afrika Awards ceremony in Durban.
Clover Mama Afrika forms part of Clover’s corporate sustainability initiative to empower women across SA with various skills such cooking and baking, to food gardening.
These skills aim to upskill the women and allow them to give back to their communities.
Mashiqa, who hails from Mdantsane, runs a crèche in NU2 and has been a Clover Mama since 2006.
She received an award for top cleanliness and hygiene.
“Although its not the first time receiving this award, I’ll never forget what Clover has done for us so far,” she said.
Through the programme, Mashiqa has learned skills such as cooking, baking, food gardening, knitting, crocheting, flower arranging, mosaic, art and beadwork.
“I’ve taught others who have gone on to receive certificates and others come back to learn new skills,” Mashiqa said.
Another award for top cleanliness and hygiene went to Amalinda Forest resident Nondumiso Mpitimpiti, who said she was grateful for the assistance she had received.
“I often wished to help more people in my community and being part of Clover Mama Afrika has given me this opportunity,” she said.
Mpitimpiti runs a bakery, as well as a crèche.
“I’m a person who has never been satisfied with sitting down and doing nothing,” she said.
“I heard about someone who received bakery training through Clover Mama Afrika and decided to Google them.
“I applied and have been part of the initiative since 2016.”
Mpitimpiti added that they had received a chicken coop and 100 chickens that laid eggs, which they then sold.