Monday, 15 June 2020
The Branches of the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) in the Western Cape are open for consultation for a limited number of walk-in clients and visitors. Out of 14 Branches in the Province, 12 are open except Overberg and Khayelitsha Branches. The Khayelitsha staff is currently consulting from the City of Cape Town Branch in Bellville. The offices will strictly adhere to the COVID-19 regulations. Social distancing will be enforced, all visitors must wear their masks all the time and they will be subjected to temperature screening as they walk in through the door.
Alex T Qunta, the Provincial Manager said “returning to work during this pandemic is a new territory for all of us, and we must have patience with ourselves and others while we navigate the new path. During these trying times, as an organisation we remain firm in our mission of developing, supporting and promoting small enterprises in co–ordination and partnership with role players in the ecosystem.”
The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) through its agencies Seda and the Sefa has recently launched the following support schemes, which are funded from the Township Entrepreneurship Fund (TEF):
- Bakeries and Confectionaries Business Scheme;
- Spaza Shop Support Scheme;
- Clothing, Textile and Leather Support Scheme, and
- Automotive Aftermarkets Support Scheme.
These schemes are meant for small scale, micro, informal and co-operative enterprises based in townships and villages. Priority is given to businesses owned by Women, Youth and People with Disabilities. Qualifying enterprises are urged to register on https://smmesa.gov.za and complete an online application forms.
Issued by Seda Western Cape, Marketing and Communications Unit
072 573 2193