Challenges for smme's (dti)

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Challenges for smme's (dti)

  1. 1. 4. Remaining challenges While a great deal of progress has been made in government’s efforts to promote small enterprises, some important challenges are still to be resolved. The Review of Ten Years of Small Business Support in South Africa 1994 to 2004 identifies the following issues that need attention: • The great diversity of small enterprises and their needs requires greater recognition • Far more knowledge and understanding is required across the full range of support suppliers and the support each one provides, as well as to whom and under what conditions • Access to support services must be comparable in urban/metropolitan and rural areas. • Greater balance is required between the cost, reach and impact of support interventions, in particular, where public funds are concerned • Many support programmes only tackle the symptoms of deeper-lying problems, thereby preventing a more systematic approach to those structural issues (e.g. access to finance for black entrepreneurs) • Lack of clarity about the roles and responsibilities of different levels of the public sector makes their efforts uncoordinated and less effective • Inadequate representation of particular small-enterprise interest groups in existing or evolving business associations weakens feedback on specific needs • Substantive differences still exist in the capacity to absorb small-enterprise support programmes in the different provinces and regions of the country and in different sectors • There is insufficient interaction between small enterprise support programmes and other thrusts of the Government’s socio-economic development support • The Centre for the Promotion of Small Business (the dti chief directorate) has been unable to co-ordinate all the support programmes developed by different national government departments • Thorough and regular monitoring and evaluation of the evolving support processes has been inadequate.

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