Taljaard Uaputuaka, the visionary behind TJF Investments CC, has emerged as the overall winner of the Old Mutual SEED.

The Old Mutual Sustainable, Economic & Empowerment Drive (OM SEED) initiative, an entrepreneur-support programme, has thus identified the three entrepreneurs who will receive the support during the year 2023.

Uaputuaka’s innovative focus on creating reusable sanitary pads has secured him the first-place position, accompanied by N$50 000 in support.

Uaputuaka’s dedication to sustainability and women’s health shines through his enthusiastic advocacy.

Janine Ellen Engelbrecht secured the second spot with Vicon Investments CC, a specialized tool repair and hire venture. Her impactful contribution has earned her N$30 000 to advance her business.

The third position is claimed by Roger Cloete, whose brilliance shines in his gemstone jewellery haven, Hardap Gemstones and Consulting.

Cloete’s creation garnered him N$20 000, standing as a testament to his ingenuity and artistic skills.

Uaputuaka, crowned as the champion of the Hardap Region, expressed his gratitude, stating, “Receiving the OM SEED 2023 title for the Hardap region signifies a meaningful recognition. At TJF Investments CC, our full commitment lies in merging environmental awareness with economic advancement.

“This achievement propels our goal of creating reusable sanitary pads, further empowering our efforts. The funds awarded will play a crucial role in extending our impact and optimizing our available resources.”

Mignon du Preez, Old Mutual Namibia’s Group Marketing, Public Affairs, and Sustainability Executive, highlighted, “The Hardap trio of entrepreneurial brilliance symbolizes the indomitable spirit of the region. Their journey reflects the transformative potential of initiatives like OM SEED, igniting economic growth, innovation, and community upliftment.”

“This stands as a testament to Namibia’s inexhaustible well of entrepreneurial talent. Witnessing the extraordinary journey of these individuals and the positive ripples they generate brings Old Mutual Namibia and the Old Mutual Namibia Foundation unparalleled joy.”

In the photo: In the middle is Beverley Cloete, Old Mutual Keetmanshoop branch representative and Taljaald Uaputuaka.