SEZ practitioners to attend special training in China
A group of 50 Special Economic Zones (SEZ) practitioners and supporting sector specialists are to attend a special training in Tianjin, China, that gets underway later this week, said the Department of Trade and Industry (dti). The group of practitioners and supporting sector specialists from the dti, provincial departments... Read more
SA designers unite in unprecedented designathon
offering R 2 million Rands worth of creative for small businesses In a lightbulb moment, Lesley Waterkeyn – Founder and CEO of Colourworks – knew just how her company, along with partner Designers Ink, could contribute towards Entrepreneurial growth and sustained development in a creative and meaningful way. What... Read more
Government fine-tuning R2.1bn SME, innovation fund
Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says the department is finalising the modalities of how the recently announced R2.1 billion small business and innovation fund will be implemented. Zulu said this when she led a debate on the department’s Budget Vote in the National Assembly on Thursday. She said... Read more
DST uses research to advance transformation
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says her department will target programmes that will address transformation through research and development. The Minister said this when she briefed the media ahead of tabling the department’s budget vote speech at the Old Assembly Chamber in Parliament on Wednesday. “The programmes targeted... Read more
SMMEs get training to be Internet Service Providers
One of the interventions prioritized for implementation in the 2018/19 financial year is the establishment of 30 Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) as Internet Service Providers and resellers of domain names. “This programme would target existing SMMEs and potential entrepreneurs; and the recruitment process will be publicized through... Read more
SA wins three entrepreneurship awards
South Africa has won three prestigious awards at the 10th Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), which was held in Istanbul, Turkey. “The Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other start up champions from more than 170 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start... Read more
More than 300 SMMEs graduate from SANRAL training programme
More than 300 SMMEs received certificates for the completion of a training programme, which formed part of the R75 Port Elizabeth to Despatch interchange road rehabilitation project, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today. The 384 SMMEs (women, youth and male-owned) whose CIDB levels are... Read more
R57m for KZN small business sector
Co-operatives and small business enterprises in KwaZulu-Natal will receive R57 million from the provincial Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA). Economic Development MEC Sihle Zikalala said his department had set aside the monies for the implementation of the Radical Agrarian Socio-Economic Transformation (RASET) programme, which sought... Read more
Dept to bring internet services closer to people
The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services plans to facilitate the establishment of 96 Internet Service Providers over a period of three years. Addressing Parliament on Tuesday, Deputy Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, said the initiative will prioritise the youth and women as well as increase... Read more
Businesses called to secure partnership to implement artisans training
Higher Education and Training Minister, Naledi Pandor has urged leaders of big business to secure partnerships with the department to implement programmes for training artisans and entrepreneurs in  a range of sectors. “National employer associations have a key role to play in modernising Technical and Vocational Education and Training... Read more

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