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South Africa - A young Cape Town sibling duo from Mitchell’s Plain has  walked away with the top prize at the inaugural Agristars awards for their excellence in fisheries. Winners Natasha and Kurt Diest, from Impala Fisheries in Cape Town, took home the Fisheries award as well as the Overall Inspirational young producer Award.


Impala Fishing was established in May 1994 and is a fully-fledged black-empowered company. Since its inception, employment has grown from three to 40 personnel. In a bid to create further job opportunities within a disadvantaged community, the company opened a retail outlet, which sells value-added fish products. The retail outlet sells fried fish and related products of high quality to the surrounding community, creating an additional five permanent jobs.

The Agristars awards are part of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Strategy on Developing Young Producers and Entrepreneurs. This Strategy supports the establishment of youth owned and/or managed enterprises, youth entrepreneurs and also encourages active participation of youth in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors.

The Fishery awards were sponsored by the Oceana Group, African Pioneer and the Water Research Commission.


The awards were held in Johannesburg at the CSIR on 30 June.