Speaker, the ANC congratulates Ms Nyeleti Mushwana who recently won the 2012 Shoprite-Checkers Woman of the Year Award. Ms Nyeleti is a role model and an inspiration, not only to her community, but to the country as a whole. She founded the Karibu Leisure Resort and Conference Centre, an NMN Grand Hotel, which is four-star graded. The hotel employs 134 people, of which 78 are full-time employees. As the ANC, we are encouraging more entrepreneurs to follow in her footsteps and make a difference in their communities.
This is a true testimony to the ANC's commitment to create a conducive environment geared to unlock opportunities in the tourism industry. Ms Mushwana also won the Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur Award in 2004 for creating jobs and supporting families through her enterprise in her community. Her development of people and improving the participation of women in the tourism industry needs to be recognised by the House.
The ANC is proud to see more women graduating from SMME status, to owning internationally renowned luxury hotels. Since 1994, a lot of work has gone towards putting in place a progressive legislative and policy framework aimed at promoting gender equality and women empowerment.
The ANC commends the work of Nyeleti Mushwana and supports her plans to build a youth development centre in Tzaneen to give unemployed youngsters a chance to learn new skills and keep out of trouble. I thank you.