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News releases & OpEds
Small businesses are grateful for the promise of relief, but
Amid the Covid-19 outbreak the government should follow global trends
Dear SBI Member, colleague, and partner, In light of the COVID-19 outbreak that has reached South Africa the SBI fully supports President Cyril Ramaphosa's measures announced on Sunday 15 March to fight the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. Accordingly, regrettably,...
Press release: SBI calls on government and big businesses to consider emergency assistance to SMEs. #Covid-19
SBI calls on government and big businesses to consider emergency
This year at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos
29 October 2019 Small Business Institute #SMEIndaba scheduled as business rankings slip
SBI COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS TO THE NATIONAL TREASURY: Economic transformation, inclusive growth and competitiveness: Towards an Economic Strategy for South Africa
The Small Business Institute (SBI) is an independent, not-for-profit
Initiatives in Rwanda, Mexico and the UK show that making
June 17 2019 Embargo: none The Small Business Institute announces today that it is launching a new scorecard – SBI Index Tracker – that will measure South Africa’s performance relative to other countries on the ease of doing business and other metrics of success in...
Press release: SBI is disappointed SMEs remained in Departmental Silo, pledges to work with new DSBD
Press release: SBI is disappointed SMEs remained in Departmental Silo, pledges to work with new DSBD May 30 2019 The Small Business Institute is disappointed that the Small Business Development Department (DSBD) has been retained as part of the sixth administration....
Small businesses are called the ‘lifeblood’ and the ‘backbone’ of
Recently the Small Business Institute was part of a business delegation consulted by the government about a reconfigured cabinet. Our approach to the question centred on two tenets:
The Small Business Institute will be holding its first of
March 31 2019 The Small Business Institute appeals to workers’ representatives and leadership at the SA Revenue Service (SARS) to urgently resolve their wage dispute which is threatening small businesses in SA. “The strike, entering its second week, is the latest blow...
The Small Business Institute calls on government to redouble efforts
SBI reported in the news
In a Webinar on 1 April, host Ray Mahlaka discussed
John Dludlu speaks about the impact COVID-19 will have on
Last week South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa revealed that the
As SA prepares for lockdown, to empty the streets and
Cas Coovadia of the Banking association of SA looks at
While government has undertaken to help small and medium-sized firms
The Small Business Institute’s CEO John Dludlu sheds light on
John probed how spaza shops will be helped by government
John Dludlu, CEO of the Small Business Institute, on the
For years, politicians have simply ignored small business. As the
Government has made R500 million available to assist small, medium
After the 2008/2009 crisis, SA lost 1.1-million jobs in
Small Business Institute executive director Bernard Swanepoel, perhaps best known
CapeTalk: Small businesses are grateful for the promise of relief, but many questions remain unanswered,
John Dludlu | SBI Chief Executive Officer |
In tackling the coronavirus menace there is much to learn