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Reader of the month

Recently featured in Forbes Africa, Simpiwe Malotana, an avid Small Business Connect reader who co-owns Obsido Interiors with Aubrey Dolweni says he started reading the print edition of Small Business Connect. He enjoys reading the newspaper so much that he now subscribes to the Small Business Connect monthly newsletter while he continues to regularly access… [Continue Reading]

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Small business ministry is a positive step

The recent introduction of a Ministry of Small Business Development, to be pioneered by newly-appointed Minister Lindiwe Zulu, is a momentous move by the government. Many will echo that this is perhaps a step in the right direction. Many others will question its relevance, its ability to address the challenges that the small business sector… [Continue Reading]

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Saldanha Bay oil and gas one-stop-shop on the cards

Development of the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is poised to change the fortunes of small businesses in a region where access to business opportunities have notoriously been few and far between. The SBIDZ is establishing a “one-stop-shop” for the oil and gas services industry that aims to reduce the administrative delays, red tape,… [Continue Reading]

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Small firms benefit from Coega zone

The multi-million rand projects currently under way at the Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) at Coega near Port Elizabeth are set to benefit small business owners as new investments are realised. The Coega IDZ is one of the industrial hubs strategically located near airports and sea ports, forming part of the new Specialised Economic Zones (SEZs)… [Continue Reading]

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New growth plans with economic zones

In a move to adopt new ways of attracting investment and growing underdeveloped areas, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is planning to launch 10 Specialised Economic Zones (SEZs) across the country. Some R500 million in funding has already been made available to finance feasibility studies for the planned SEZs and the anticipated incorporation… [Continue Reading]

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