The DTI Archives | Small Business Connect

Small Business Connect was at the DTI’s National SMME Summit held in Mpumalanga recently. Here business owners had the opportunity to ask questions and raise important challenges they face. The common challenges highlighted were access to retail shelf space with large retailers, not having time to manage different aspects of the business and access to… [Continue Reading]


A new Co-operatives Development Agency, and Co-operatives Training Academy, will open soon, says the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Elizabeth Thabethe. Speaking at the DTI’s national SMME Summit, Thabethe said that these institutions, together with a Co-operatives Tribunal, will help develop the sector. Further details are sketchy at this stage, but it is likely… [Continue Reading]


The Director-General of Trade and Industry, Lionel October, issued a strong message of caution to business owners to be wary of using so-called “consultants” to assist them to register or change the details of companies with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC). “There are small businesses who are falling prey to consultants who are… [Continue Reading]


Small black-owned businesses will receive a significant boost in their attractiveness to supply to large companies and government when the revised Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) codes, gazetted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) last month, comes into effect in October next year. All businesses, regardless of the level of black ownership, with… [Continue Reading]


“From unemployment to self-employment.” This is how Trevor Stander, an Atlantis business owner who is in the process of securing his biggest contract, describes the change to his circumstances after being assisted through the Seda Atlantis Renewable Energy Business Incubator (Sarebi) New Venture Creation (NVC) Development Programme. The NVC programme was introduced to provide local… [Continue Reading]