The SBi continued high level discussions to address the challenges and opportunities facing small businesses. As the predominant creator of jobs in any society, the nine million unemployed people in SA require a vibrant small business sector with prospects for growth and an enabling environment for success.
SBi has held a series of SME Indabas in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. Leaders from government, the media, political and economic analysts, corporate South Africa and inspirational entrepreneurs have participated, generating debate and supporting our challenges:
- That policy makers ‘think small first’ when making law and imposing new regulations;
- That government and big businesses pay SMEs on time for work done satisfactorily;
- That SBI members create at least two jobs by year-end.