Huis Voorsitter


Ja, Praat sonder Daad.

Die komitee voorsitter, van kleinsake ontwikkeling, het op die 3 de Mei 2017, die mandaat van die departement van kleinsake ontwikkeling, aan die komitee verduidelik. Volgens haar sluit die mandaat die volgende in:

1.   Om toegang vir almal tot die ekonomie en welvaart van Suid Afrika te verseker.

2.   Is Verantwoordelik vir 90% van die skepping vir volhoubare 11 miljoen werksgeleenthede wat teen 2030 geskep moet word.

3.   Die vermindering van hoë regulatoriese nakoming wat op kleinsake van toepassing is.

Dit is baie duidelik die ANC tot dusver gefaal het in hierdie mandaat.

Media Statement

08 February 2017 

The DA calls on the members of the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development and the Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, to support the DA’s Red Tape Impact Assessment Bill that will be presented to the committee today.

The Bill aims at assessing legislation by addressing problems associated with dense bureaucracy and red tape in order to reduce the regulatory burden on small business.

Date: 24 January 2017
Press Statement

The DA will seek intervention from the Minister of Agriculture, Senzeni Zokwana, after small-scale and subsistence farmers in Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality were left in the lurch by the provincial Masibuyele Emasimini programme.

Farmers have had limited access to agricultural equipment due to the programme only having seven out of 48 tractors functioning properly. These tractors are stationed at a depot in Nokaneng and only service farms within a 50km radius.

Stumped. That probably best describes the reaction, of just about everybody, to Trump’s win – I suspect also of many Trump supporters. And don’t believe the “I-told-you-so’s”, most just took a contrarian view for fun when they predicted a Trump win. Nobody suspected this! No wonder the markets reacted so violently. But what does it mean and what does it mean for South Africa (SA)?

In replies to parliamentary questions from the DA, neither Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan nor Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, could provide substantive details on the mandate, composition, governance structures, funding, board of directors or launch date of the venture capital fund that President Zuma announced to much fanfare on 09 May, over two months ago.

This means that the job creation promised by this venture capital fund will be stalled because of government’s hollow commitment to placing job creation at the apex of its agenda.

House Chairperson

Today’s debate takes place against the conditions of an economic decline and bottlenecks that hamper the growth and development of small businesses and cooperatives.

The truth of the matter is that when governments fail to implement appropriate legislation the economy, society and business fail.

It is commonly known throughout the world, that bad governments introduce bad legislation.

05 May 201

The 06th May 2016, Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Annette Steyn MP, will visit markets and taxi ranks in Johannesburg and Tshwane to talk to hawkers, traders, market agents and the general public. This will be to ascertain the effect of the drought on small businesses, the support offered to them by their municipalities, and the impact of red-tape on small businesses. 

Leon Louw argues that capitalism is the most abused and misdefined word in use today. Like "left wing" and "right wing". These words have become smears to stiffle debate and authenticate the statists' war on basic liberties.

Capitalism has lifted humanity out of the dirt. Business is good and noble and heroic. But capitalism and business are hated and mistrusted. Until business changes this narrative, that won’t change."

That is the idea, according to self-made billionaire John Mackey, behind the "conscious capitalism" conference taking place in SA at the time of writing. He founded the conscious capitalism movement, which attracts a small but growing number of capitalists. "Money," he says, "is not what drives most entrepreneurs. They have some kind of dream, some kind of passion. They’re creative individuals with a higher purpose."

The DA will be embarking on a fact-finding mission into the devastating effects of the drought on informal traders and communal farmers. The DA is concerned about the informal traders and communal farmers that depend on their sales to support their families, for without their sales they will not have another option to put food on the table to sustain themselves and their families- much less the markets.

Our investigation will include and not be limited to:

  • Oversight visits to all 22 fresh produce markets around the country in order to ascertain bottleneck issues affecting small traders;
  • Visit every province to interview street vendors and informal traders on what action steps they need from government to stay in business and make a profit;
  • Oversights to find fresh produce conducive sites for new potential fresh produce markets that is closer to rural areas;
  • Finding red tape impediments in the current legislation affecting informal traders and communal farmers with the rezoning of rent-free trading locations being a priority.

The Red Tape Impact Assessment Bill, aimed at assessing legislation in order to reduce the regulatory burden it places on small business has this week been gazetted and is now open for public comment.

The Bill seeks to address the following problems associated with dense bureaucracy and red tape in South Africa:

  • The general absence of red tape impact assessments;
  • Lack of cost calculations of red tape to business;
  • A regulatory environment that is not “Business Friendly” and fraught with inconsistencies; and
  • Limited co-ordination across the different spheres of government.

Red Tape Impact Assessment Bill

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