2022-w2188 - 25 August 2022

Michael Jacobs Roland De Villiers to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)(a) What number of law firms are contracted to the (i) Small Enterprise Finance Agency and (ii) Small Enterprise Development Agency, (b) for what period are the firms contracted in each case and (c) what amount has been paid to each firm for the services rendered in the 2021-22 financial year in each case; (2) whether any retainer fees are paid to the law firms; if not, why not; if so, (3) whether there is a pre-approved and agreed fee price schedule; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (4) whether they are only paid for work conducted; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 25 Aug 2022

(1)(a)(i) & (ii) Seventy (70) law firms are currently contracted to the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) and eleven (11) law firms are contracted with the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).

(b) All law firms with Seda are contracted until finalisation of each case except one law firm which is contracted for 12 months at R921 600.00. In the case of those ...

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2022-w2014 - 25 August 2022

Lorato Florence Tito to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

On what date is it envisaged that containers and/or other temporal structures will be built for street vendors in Bela-Bela to protect them in cases of extreme weather conditions?

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 25 Aug 2022

The Department has engaged with Waterberg District and Bela – Bela Local Municipality to ascertain the potential damage and the envisaged assistance needed to support the street vendors in Bela – Bela. All three stakeholders have agreed to have formal discussions to assist the Bela Bela local Municipality to apply for the shared economic infrastructure facility to build stalls or containers for the informal ...

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2022-w1412 - 25 August 2022

Babalwa Mathulelwa to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

By what date will (a) permits and (b) tools of trade be provided to (i) struggling street vendors along the N2 and (ii) small-scale fisheries in KwaZulu-Natal as a means to develop their businesses?

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 25 Aug 2022

(a) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has engaged the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) to ensure that municipalities speed up the process of issuing permits to street vendors as this mandate resides with local government.

(b)(i)&(ii) The DSBD is working tirelessly with its entities, the Small Business Development Agency (Seda) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa), together with ...

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2022-w2024 - 25 August 2022

Babalwa Mathulelwa to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

On what date will she attend to the reported cases of the exploitation of small-, micro- and medium-enterprises by big companies?

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 25 Aug 2022

The exploitation of the SMMEs by the big companies is a concern as well for the DSBD. It is against this background that the DSBD, through the National Small Enterprise Amendment Bill, is in the process of effecting amendments to the National Small Enterprise Act, 1996 (Act No 102 of 1996) to provide for the establishment of the Small Enterprise Ombud Service.

The proposed ...

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2022-w1499 - 25 August 2022

Babalwa Mathulelwa to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What measures has her department put in place to support small businesses in townships in order to counter the narrative that spaza shops owned and/or run by foreign nationals are taking over businesses owned by South Africans?

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 25 Aug 2022

The Spaza Shop Support Programme as implemented by the Small Business Development Portfolio (the Department of Small Business Development [DSBD], the Small Enterprise Development Agency [Seda] and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency [sefa] is linked to a broader process of value chain development within the retail space of spaza shops that are owned by South Africans. This includes the concurrent linking up ...

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2022-w2219 - 25 August 2022

Dumisani Fannie Mthenjane to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What has she found to be the impact on small businesses of the noncompliance with laws and regulations and the lack of adequate controls to collect all revenue from long-outstanding debtors, as was pointed out in the report of the Auditor-General for 2020 21 financial year?

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 25 Aug 2022

A joint study by the Departments of Small Business Development (DSBD) and Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) on research on the delays and non-payment by government on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) concluded in June 2020 found that 56% of SMMEs, the majority of which were micro enterprises, were impacted by the delayed and non-payment by government. The recommendation was that the impact ...

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2022-w2379 - 25 August 2022

Hendrik Christiaan Crafford Krüger to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What total number of South Africans in the respective age groups of (a) 15–23, (b) 24–34 and (c) 35–65 are employed in small-, medium and micro enterprises (details furnished)?”

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 25 Aug 2022

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) does not currently dis-aggregate their reports on employment by sizes of enterprises. Both the Quarterly Labour Force Statistics (QLFS) and the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) reports do not disaggregate employment by large, medium or small enterprises and neither do they dis-aggregate by the different age groups.

Stats SA does however, in the Quarterly and Annual Financial Statistics (QFS and ...

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2022-w2380 - 25 August 2022

Hendrik Christiaan Crafford Krüger to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What total number of employed South Africans in the respective age groups of (a) 15-23, (b) 24-34 and (c) 35-65 founded the business they are currently operating?”

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 25 Aug 2022

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) does not currently dis-aggregate their reports on employment by sizes of enterprises. Both the Quarterly Labour Force Statistics (QLFS) and the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) reports do not disaggregate employment by large, medium or small enterprises and neither do they dis-aggregate by the different age groups. The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) and its agency, the Small Enterprise ...

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2022-w2373 - 23 August 2022

Hendrik Christiaan Crafford Krüger to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1673 on 26 May 2022, she will furnish Mr H C C Krüger with a detailed list of the (a) identified areas of collaboration and (b) raised proposals in the specified areas; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she will furnish Mr H C C Krüger with an updated and detailed list of constructive inputs along with her department’s sentiment on each respective constructive input; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 23 Aug 2022

(1)(a) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) is collaborating with the Presidency on National Priorities and Approaches to Red Tape Reduction (RTR) and has formed a small working group of around 1-2 representatives from a broad range of stakeholders. The working group held its first meeting at a workshop held on the 15 June 2022, which was held at the Union Buildings and ...

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2022-w2220 - 21 June 2022

Dumisani Fannie Mthenjane to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What time frames have been put in place for addressing the findings of the Auditor General with regard to the Small Enterprise Development Agency?

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 21 Jun 2022

The following are time frames to address for each finding:

1. Review of the Performance Information

The new reporting system for Performance Information was procured. It is in the final stages of design and will be available for use from 01 August 2022.

2. Two Irregular expenditures were reported

Lease of office space in the KZN for R182 358 was condoned. The second expenditure ...

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