Surays Cassiem, From Flower Seller to Business Woman

It seems a long time since she started selling flowers at age seven like her Mother, Grandmother and Great Grand Mother before her.

Humble Beginings

Suraya no longer need to sell flowers on the street herself, but grows and exports proteas, supplies flowers for a supermarket chain, and started exporting proteas to the flower Mecca of the world, the Netherlands.
Suraya is also venturing into property development.

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The Begining

Born into the fourth generation of a Cape Town family of flower vendors, Suraya Cassiem had enough faith in herself to move on and become the proud owner of an export flower farm. Her stylish appearance reveals very little about the battles she has had to fight to become a business­woman of note When I first laid eyes on the farm I was to turn into a thriving business, it was a jungle. I didn’t know a thing, but I told my dad, “I was going to fight”. This farm was to become ours.

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The Business Woman

Now Suraya is now a very Sucsecfull business woman, with a lot of achievements under her belt. An owner of a beautiful farm in between the Outeniqua mountain range, a member of the African Mining Partnership, she is on the board of Women in Construction and is a partner in Axitech Security.

Suraya also won the category for Top Producer for Export Markets.

After all the hard work and success Suraya's heart will always belong on the Flower Stall on York Street, George.

Women in construction

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We are an awesome group

The Construction industry is a major contributor to economic growth and job creation. The industry is a catalyst for socio-economic development and through the provision of essential infrastructures such as roads, public buildings and other amenities it is able to uplift the standard of living of all citizens.

The construction sector presents a woman, in particular, with several challenges as it is traditionally a male-dominated sector. Female stakeholder and interested groups are therefore crucial to maintain a presence on behalf of women in the construction sector and to continually lobby for the transformation of the sector.

Objectives and Power

  • Promote the advancement of women in construction;
  • Promote the upskilling and increase the contribution of women to the construction industry;
  • Enhance the entrepreneurial development of women in construction;
  • Provide the technical skills and knowledge to women in construction;
  • Create awareness of women in construction as a brand;
  • Promote diversity in the construction industry;
  • Facilitate access to finance for woman in construction;
  • Seek resources by the way of grants, donations or any other way from resources in South Africa and the rest of the world and to expand such funds in promoting the aims and objectives of the Forum;
  • Participate in joint projects and programmes with other bodies, whether Local, National or international in furtherance of the aims and objectives of the Forum;
  • Kingsland Farm

    The farm commonly known as Kingsland is situated on the N9, the road between George/Oudtshoorn and Uniondale, (Southern Cape) approximately 65km from either town.
    The farm lies between the N9 and the Outeniqua mountain range.

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    I Introduced Proteas to China

    I went into partnership with white commercial farmers to help supply the flowers. We need each other and we can work well together.
    One shouldn’t step on other people. Rather respect each other.

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    Press & Media

    Suraya Cassiem has featured in the media numerous times, for all of her achievements and hard work.