“Women have the strength to rise above everything!” – Kabati Ellen Mohapi, Co-founder & Director of Bagotsi Unlimited Milling

“Women have the strength to rise above everything!” - Kabati Ellen Mohapi, Co-founder & Director of Bagotsi Unlimited Milling

Written by Staff Writer

Sep 7, 2021

By Charndré Emma Kippie


Originally from Alexandra, Johannesburg, Kabati Ellen Mohapi is the Co-founder and Director of Bagotsi Unlimited Milling, a distributor in the maize meal industry with the intent of being a household favourite for generations to come. She describes herself as a God-fearing, hardworking, dedicated, and driven woman. A true nurturer at heart, a strong and powerful mother to a precious boy. A queen that understands that ‘perseverance is indeed the mother of success’. 

When asked who and what Bagotsi is, she packaged it nicely in saying ‘it is a life changing opportunity that was birthed from a burning desire for growth and to build a legacy’. As mentioned, Bagotsi is the new kid on the block in the maize meal industry, a premium product at an affordable price point, created by black people, for black people.

With a Bcom Logistics in Management qualification, Mohapi’s entrepreneurial mind is constantly racing, thinking two steps ahead and this thinking is what makes Bagotsi such an interesting and game changing brand. With dreams of expansion beyond the borders, Mosa wants Bagotsi to be at the front of mind when thinking of ‘maize meal’.


What got you into the field you’re currently in?

A burning desire for growth!


What excites you the most about your role?

The opportunity to nurture and grow Bagotsi Maize Meal into a household favourite


In what ways do you think your business is enhancing the South African economy? 

We are providing a premium product at an affordable price, enabling millions of South Africans to stretch their household income a little further, and most of all create jobs and reduce the unemployment rate in South Africa. 


What are your top 3 tips for ensuring the success of women in your field? 

Resilience, Perseverance, and Dedication


What have been some major obstacles in your career, as a woman, and how did you overcome them?

A challenge I have faced is not being taken seriously as a woman in business, and being looked down upon by male counterparts. I overcame this by staying true to my character and always believing in myself, dreams and striving to achieve my goals.


What are your goals for the future?

To inspire young women to follow their dreams irrespective of their circumstances or background 


What important/life-changing books have you read?
  • Who moved my cheese by Spencer Johnson
  • 3 feet from gold by Sharon L Lechter


What advice do you have for young women entrepreneurs who aspire to work in your field?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. You have the strength and ability to rise above everything



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