Seda to give guid­ance and di­rec­tion to SMMEs

The Rep - - PRIME PROPERTY - ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

The new Small En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Agency (Seda) man­ager Dorothy Davids is hop­ing to de­velop small, medium and mi­cro en­ter­prises (SMMEs) by giv­ing them ac­cess to fi­nance and mar­kets and en­sure con­tin­u­ous busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity.

Davids said this could be achieved through stake­holder part­ner­ships which would trans­late into con­sis­tent earn­ings and ul­ti­mately bet­ter lives.

She be­came a Seda branch man­ager in 2009, hav­ing been an as­sis­tant di­rec­tor in the de­part­ment of hous­ing, as a mu­nic­i­pal man­ager in the North­ern Cape and at a pol­icy and plan­ning unit in the de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tion.

She was born in De Aar and has qualifications in so­cial sciences, ed­u­ca­tion, project man­age­ment and pol­icy de­vel­op­ment and plan­ning.

She said the chal­lenges faced by SMMEs was a lack of ba­sic skills to run en­ter­prises, fi­nan­cial man­age­ment skills and a clear vi­sion for the en­ter­prise.

She said govern­ment had moved many bar­ri­ers to en­able en­trepreneurs to trade.

More could be done in the pro­cure­ment of ser­vices. Seda had a com­pli­ance fac­tor of Stan­dard Bid­ding Doc­u­ment (SBD) forms that must be sub­mit­ted at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity for the en­trepreneurs to quote.

Seda as­sisted SMMEs to de­velop and di­ag­nose their oper­a­tions and fi­nances by con­duct­ing as­sess­ments on oper­a­tions, fi­nances and softer busi­ness skills through its busi­ness di­ag­nos­tic tools, Davids said.

Davids be­lieved SMMEs should claim and own the space as they form a crit­i­cal part of the back­bone of the econ­omy.

“To the SMME com­mu­nity of both Chris Hani and Joe Gqabi and all those who play a crit­i­cal role in the SMME ecosys­tem, let us join hands and grow the econ­omy.”

Pic­ture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

AT THE HELM: Meet Small En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Agency (Seda) gen­eral man­ager Dorothy David

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