Trade and Industry

Small Enterprise Development (13)

Under the Small Enterprise Development programme, TIPS conducted a number of assessments of the outcomes of government's policy, strategy and initiatives in small enterprise development.

  • Year 2012
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Stephen Timm
For South Africa, the promotion of small businesses remains key to creating jobs and a more equitable economy. Evidence from Chile and Malaysia – both countries with similar emerging economies as South Africa – reveals that by partnering to provide finance and business support, the government and the private sector…

  • Year 2011
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) Stephen Timm
In its efforts to craft a new economic growth path and assist small businesses, South Africa could do well to look to emerging economies such as Brazil and India, which have attracted much attention in their recent efforts to create greater and more equitable economic growth. The aim of this…
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  • Year 2004
  • Organisation DTI
  • Publication Author(s) TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
In 2005, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda) - the dti's newly established agency for supporting small business - tasked TIPS to carry out a second annual review of South Africa's small businesses as part of its mandate to support the growth of small enterprise in South Africa, to help…

  • Year 2004
  • Organisation DTI
  • Publication Author(s) TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
In 2005, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda) - the dti's newly established agency for supporting small business - tasked TIPS to carry out a second annual review of South Africa's small businesses as part of its mandate to support the growth of small enterprise in South Africa, to help…

  • Year 2003
  • Organisation DTI
  • Publication Author(s) TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The Department of Trade & Industry's (the dti's) Enterprise Development unit is tasked with developing policy and strategy for the small business sector. The objectives of government policy and strategy on enterprise development are empowerment, economic development and job creation. Much progress towards meeting these objectives has been made over…

  • Year 2005
  • Publication Author(s) Christian Rogerson
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
One of the key issues that has been raised in terms of the analysis of small enterprise (SMME) support programmes in South Africa is that often support initiatives have been in the form of 'generic' packages that overlook the specificities of particular sectors. Although it has been recognized that the…
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  • Year 2005
  • Publication Author(s) Charles Mather
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The food processing sector is widely regarded as having the potential to generate economic growth, entrepreneurial opportunities and employment (FAO, 1997; CIAT, 2002; Lambert, 2001; McCormick and Atieno, 2002). In developing countries the interest in agro-processing is associated with its potential for generating demand amongst smallholder farmers, upgrading primary production…
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  • Year 2005
  • Organisation DTI
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
In 2004, TIPS also undertook a study to document public sector support to the small enterprise sector over the last decade for the dti. The Review documents 10 years of evolution of the dti's small enterprise support programmes and its overall strategy, leading to the current 'Integrated Strategy for Small-Enterprise…

  • Year 2005
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Publication Author(s) John Orford
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper considers the role of provincial governments in supporting small enterprise development. It is based on research conducted by the University of Cape Town's (UCT's) Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). It was sponsored by TIPS (Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies), an independent non-profit research institution that is committed…
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  • Year 2004
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
In literature or current economic life, the concept of 'small businesses' often covers different implicit areas of focus. The lack of clarity about what is understood as a small business can affect the reliability of research findings. Not surprisingly, since there are different concepts of businesses, there are also different…

  • Year 2003
  • Publication Author(s) Kalie Pauw
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The unemployment rate among semi- and unskilled workers in South Africa is over 50%. This high rate can be attributed to various factors, including political decisions of the past, educational inequalities, and poor economic growth. These factors have contributed to the structural unemployment problem in South Africa. The real cost…
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  • Year 2003
  • Publication Author(s) David Evans
  • Countries and Regions Southern African Development Community (SADC), Zambia
The first section sketches the well-known argument that there is a potential clash between trade policy reform, employment creation and poverty alleviation in the context of economic integration in Southern Africa. The argument is developed in the wider context of the endowments and accumulation of key resources in Sub Saharan…
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  • Year 2002
  • Organisation ERSA, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Publication Author(s) Johannes Fedderke
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
South Africa's democratic transition now lies close to a decade in the past. The transition carried with it much by way of hopes in terms of greater access by its population, not only to an improved rights environment. It was envisaged that the political self-realization of all South African citizens…
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