n Journal of Public Administration - Revisiting of Small Medium and Micro Enterprises' support through governmental agencies : a case study of the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller

Volume 48, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



South Africa is not immune from the socio-economic challenges facing most developing countries the world over. There is consensus amongst academics, practitioners, and political office-bearers that South Africa is faced with the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality. The discourse pertaining to these have become dominant in the public domain. Studies indicate that these challenges, as in the Census 2011 results conducted by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), remains endemic. In the face of an emerging debate on who is responsible for the widening gap between the rich and poor, its reality cannot be ignored. The existence of these challenges has been shed to light by recent volatilities in which the country witnessed individual groups resorting to strikes which were outside the formal bargaining processes. Consequentially, this has led to the government reprioritising and intensifying the struggle against these challenges. A focus on labour absorbing sectors has been emphasised wherein Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) sector features as one with the potential employment generators. The SMMEs sector currently creates more than half of all employment in developing countries. However, the same cannot be said in the South Africa. Thus, this article proposes how the government needs to work towards the repositioning of SMMEs support in response to these triple challenges. In the process, a case study of SMMEs support in the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) is provided.

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