Purpose: To advance economic growth and job creation initiatives that prioritize historically disadvantaged individuals and groups through:
To co-ordinate the support and development of sustainable SMMEs and co-operatives/social enterprises that contribute to wealth and job creation, also aimed improving the state of readiness of small enterprises towards contributing to economic growth, inclusion and job creation.
The Enterprise Development sub – programme provides business support and business development services to small enterprises, focusing on the following interventions:
Purpose: To create enabling environment for economic development and empowerment of the previously disadvantaged individuals and groups (especially youth, women and the disabled) to participate in the mainstream economy.
The Economic Empowerment continues to create enabling environment for the Economic Transformation and Empowerment of target group such as women, youth and people with disabilities to participate in the main stream economy. This includes implementation of catalytic strategic interventions such women and youth entrepreneurs development, enforcement of B-BBEE compliance, Black Industrialists program, Operation Vula program. Creation of strategic partnerships, and stakeholders co-ordination.
Purpose: To implement regional and local economic development initiatives that support employment opportunities and builds the capacity of RLED stakeholders.
The Regional Local Economic Development (RLED) Unit implements regional and local economic development initiatives that induce employment opportunities and enhances the capacity of RLED stakeholders. Working in collaboration with district/local/provincial/national government spheres, higher education institutions and the private sector, the main focus areas have included: a) supporting informal and social enterprises with infrastructure and knowledge-based technical support; b) working with municipalities to make it easier to do business; c) supporting Small Scale Growers in the sugar industry (as the largest field crop in KZN);) administering innovative and experimental special projects aimed at regional and local economic development. As a continuously-learning sub-programme; we encourage experimentation in pioneering innovative and practical approaches to development.