Covid-19 for SMEs

Covid-19 for SMEs 

We’ve created this separate page on our website to house the information we are unearthing that might be of help to small businesses during the Covid-19 emergency. Because things are moving so quickly, information is only emerging slowly as programmes and governance and distribution channels take time to develop. As soon as we hear about new information we will post it.

We’d love your feedback – what’s working out there, what’s not, what are you doing to spare your business and your employees and yourself from economic worry. This is a time for the SMME community to come together. Let’s support each other.

We are also posting here, as well as on the media page, the interviews we’ve been doing to highlight the pressing needs of small businesses. We hope everyone is listening!

Stay safe, stay healthy. Stay in touch.
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Support offered to SMEs

Click on any of the below images to go directly to the different support measures available. If you know of help for SMEs we have not listed, please contact us, tweet us, or tag us on facebook

Relief & support offered to SMEs

SAFT Covid-19 Relief Funding has been fully subscribed and applications are now closed.

Latest on the Impact of Covid-19 on SARS

National Disaster benefit:
hotline number: 012 337 1997  @DeptofLabour  @UIFbenefits 

As announced by the President, National Treasury, the South African Reserve Bank and commercial banks have jointly created a guaranteed loan scheme. The purpose of this scheme is to help small and medium-sized businesses and the economy.

Applications for Tourism Relief Fund Closed

IDC is supporting South Africa’s efforts to prepare for the impact COVID-19 will have on our people and economy.

YCCISA has introduced a Relief Fund to assist young people in businesses that are affected by the corona virus pandemic. The Fund will assist youth entrepreneurs from operational costs, paying labour costs, rental and etc.
Providing small to medium businesses with funding free of interest, profit and administrative charges to help them manage the impacts of COVID-19.
Funding to SMEs during Covid-19.


he NYDA is going to provide a Relief Fund to youth-owned enterprises for a period of three months. This fund is targeted at youth-owned businesses that meet the following criteria:

The Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund is here to provide funds so you can keep putting food on the table for the growing number of hungry families around the country.

We regret the fund has reported that it is oversubscribed and is no longer taking applications. If this changes, we will inform you.
Funding of black SMEs for up to R10 million per applicant with a 12-month repayment holiday.

The Ninety One SA Recovery Fund in association with Ethos Private Equity targets R10bn to help restore SA’s economic health.



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086 100 2472
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Please note that the turnaround time is 48-72 hours.

The Return2Work Initiative is facilitating collaboration between government and business to provide tools and guidelines to enable sectors to expedite a safe, effective and structured return2work plan.

The BackaBusiness movement – is a crowdfunding opportunity for small businesses to survive lockdown and get back to business.

Richen Attorneys Inc would like to contribute to the turnaround of the economy once the pandemic is over and have decided to assist Small to Medium Enterprises in gearing up for the end of COVID- 19.

Pro bono service to South African businesses in distress to co-ordinate bank, government and stakeholder support through a structured business rescue process.
A free eBook from The Beancounter  
Contact the Beancounter at +27 10 006 0003 /

This digital  toolkit from ABSA is aimed at helping business owners by navigating available support as of 12 May 2020 in South Africa.

At Facebook, we’re working to keep people safe and informed about the recent outbreak of COVID-19. We’re committed to providing as much support as possible.
SAVCA members are pledging pro-bono services to support small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) whose businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown. 
Back My Locals is a platform that makes it easier for local businesses to connect with their communities, to tell their story and enable their loyal customers to buy electronic gift cards.
Agri-businesses who are in distress because of the Covid-19 pandemic 

Relief Benefits. Legal Obligations. Forward Strategies

CORONAVIRUS FAQs | All your questions answered
As organised business, we are actively collaborating with government to use business resources and capacity to support public sector initiatives.
The toolkit we’ve developed has been curated from best practice content and resources. 
Flexyworking, the perfect alternative to avoid retrenchment, salary cuts and further job losses.
Insight for the management and coordination of a successful lockdown from former SARS official and SBI Director Ivan Pillay  with S Kesavan.

Offer for free website development to SMEs. Please contact Eikon Design directly. 

We know this is a difficult time for people everywhere, including small business owners. We want to help. We’ve gathered some useful resources to help your business navigate these challenging times.

Small businesses are the foundation of our economy. And whether you’re just starting out or already running your business, we’re here to help. We’re building a Visa Small Business Directory, submit your details to feature in our Visa Small Business Directory.

Zimele is wholly supportive of the South African Government’s proactive efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 through the national lockdown. Zimele will support SMME’s in our loan funding programme by implementing a 3-month payment holiday at zero interest.

Helping the growth of small businesses in South Africa who have been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Telkom Business announces the launch of its latest innovation, Yep! on Google Play and Apple’s app store.

Our vision is to come alongside the South African Tourism industry, to assess each business model, evaluate the financials and generate a report with recommendations on how to proceed forward.

Insurance Claim Guidance on the True Normal platform

Mastercard launches SME-in-a-box solution to help small businesses go digital

We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we’re offering USD 100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time.

Small business owners affected by covid-19 offered training to sharpen their marketing skills.

Big Business offering support through Covid-19

SBI Interviews and articles

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A tool to help you safely get back to doing business

Summary of lockdown alert level 1

Infographic: The Impact of COVID-19 on SMEs

We are so sorry for the fear and pain you are experiencing as lockdown threatens your businesses, your livelihoods and those of your employees. Before you click through to the options for relief, can you please tell us a little about your business?

To help us understand what the impact of Covid-19 has on SMMEs we have been asked to share the following surveys: Please take the time to complete any or all of the below surveys. We thank you!

We would like to ask a few questions about your views on the state of ESD in South Africa, and get some ideas for a series of case studies that will feed into an ESD GPC (Good Practice Conference) later in the year.

Has your business managed to get funding during the lockdown?

How overdue is your invoice?

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