n South African Journal of Higher Education - Redevelopment of the National Diploma : Small Business Management in South Africa

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This article focuses on the redevelopment of the National Diploma in Small Business Management that was developed in 1994 by the then Technikon SA.1 The main challenge for academics is to develop effective techniques for the teaching of, and training in, entrepreneurship that will meet stakeholder needs. The study aims at reviewing the name of and curriculum for the qualification with a view to meeting these needs. The article introduces the important role of entrepreneurship in meeting economic challenges and, as a background to this process, offers a brief overview of the policy and legislative imperatives that led to the major recurriculation and redevelopment of all the qualifications presented at South Africa's higher education institutions. Qualitative research design was conducted in which relevant documents were reviewed and small business stakeholders interviewed on addressing the gaps that exist. The recommendations from the findings that resulted in the restructuring of the qualification were submitted to the Department of Education for approval. The researchers and all the institutions that participated in this study are pleased to announce that their efforts were rewarded by the Department's approval, in August 2004, of the changes, as recommended.

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