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The chairman is responsible for overall strategic guidance, ensuring that proper governance procedures are followed, especially in respect of financing and the auditing thereof, and that directors deliver on their mandates. He will champion and direct the Indabas. Initial endowment fundraising and peer-level corporate interaction will also fall to the chairman.
SBI Executive Director
Non-Executive Director: Finance
The Finance portfolio will ensure that the commitments in the new Memorandum of Incorporation are ensured in respect of governance, financing and auditing.
Hettienne Von Abo Moolman
Director Sectoral co-ordination
With a renewed focus on sector-specific interventions SBI can make to foster more sustainable small and medium enterprises, the Director of Sectoral Co-ordination’s portfolio will play an integral role in SBI’s work for its chamber members.
SBI Director: Business Chambers
The director will work with Chambers, GrowSA and other organizations to promote a more sector-based focus for the SBI. Expanding membership, canvassing and satisfying demands of the regional structures and reporting to them regularly is the responsibility of the president.
Director: Entrepreneurship and Youth
The Entrepreneurship and Youth portfolio Director will promote the activities of SMEs as a way for many to enter the mainstream economy. Visiting schools and inspiring young people to choose a constructive, creative career in business forms part of his responsibilities. He will be coordinating with university departments focusing on entrepreneurship development.
Director Corporate Relationships
The director of corporate relationships is tasked with expanding corporate sponsorship and membership and is responsible for reporting to these constituents. A particular focus for 2018 will be to obtain sponsorship for SME owners attending Indabas and the town hall meetings in more rural/impoverished areas SBI will host in the year ahead.
Director: Research and Advocacy
This portfolio will conduct the required research to develop policy recommendations and responses to requests for public comment or policy proposals. Findings will be packaged for different audiences, including individual business owners, chamber members, the media, sister business organisations, public servants and policy makers. The SBI is raising funding to conduct a comprehensive baseline study of SMEs in South Africa to support evidence-based decision making. In addition, the directors will deliver a ‘landscape index’ of the SA business environment and regular policy briefs and talking points as a basis for advocacy work.
Director: BUSA Representation
As a member of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), the SBI has the opportunity to sit on task teams and reference groups to provide the Big Voice for Small Business while engaging with other business organisations influencing national and their own policies in reference to their supply chains. This portfolio will disseminate our research, advocate for positions that accommodate the needs of SMEs and assist BUSA and members articulate our positions in NEDLAC.