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Meet Annelie van Vuuren and Annerike Westcott.
This mom and daughter power duo is a force to be reckoned with in a world predominantly run by men. They’re the owners of Van Vuuren Butchery, and proud Absa clients.
The apple does not fall far from the tree – this has been true for three generations in the Van Vuuren family. Annelie was born and raised in Bloemfontein by parents who were also both business owners. “They instilled a strong work ethic in me,” she says. She met her late husband when they were both in high school, and together they started Van Vuuren Butchery from their home in Westdene nine years later. After another 23 years the butchery is still going strong.
Daughter Annerike is mainly responsible for the admin and accounting side of the business. She also recently started Van Vuuren Braai Café, where they prepare takeaways fresh from the braai every day. “I love what I do because even after all these years, every day is different and presents a new challenge.”
Annelie, Annerike and their team pride themselves in offering true quality products, along with warmhearted
service. “Annerike adds: “In my opinion, our commitment to quality and our hands-on approach are what set us apart.”
While Annelie finds inspiration in every women who work hard to achieve success, Annerike is specifically inspired by her grandmother. “She was the first woman in our family to launch a successful business. She wasn’t afraid of hard work.”
Annelie lives by these rules: “Know who you are and what you want from your business and always support your fellow businesswomen. One woman’s success is every woman’s success.”
Annerike’s advice is: “Don’t try to fill the role of a man in the workplace, embrace what you bring to the table as a woman.”