With the economic outlook for South Africa at around 1% growth for 2017, we need to ask ourselves “when will we grow at rates that we can be proud of and that will meet the requirements of poverty alleviation in our country?”.
In order to achieve the 5% growth needed, systemic and strategic changes need to take effect and in aid of the National Development Plan and Industrial Policy Action Plan, the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) have been actively promoting the establishment of Black Industrialists.
The Department has already awarded 46 of the 100 "slots" earmarked for grant funding and, whilst the intention was to stagger approvals over a 3 year period, it’s expected that all 100 positions will be filled by end March 2018, if not sooner.
This was a discussion posed at a Wits Business School (WBS) seminar that I attended recently. The importance of the Gateway methodology is that South Africa requires regional market penetration to grow its economy through the trade of goods and services.
Let’s not beat around the bush- Key decisions made by the finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in the 2016 Budget speech will impact your business growth and survival in this tough economic climate. The Minister had his job cut out for him as he made tough decisions to ensure that companies can reach their projected turnover goals for the next financial year resulting in the growth of our economy.
If you want to expand and increase your turnover in the next financial year here are the developmental funding opportunities identified from the budget speech 2016 per industry:
26 years ago to the day our former President Nelson Mandela stepped out of prison. Today, 11 February 2016, our current President Jacob Zuma took to the podium for the SONA 2016.
The SONA addresses many issues from economics to social matters like education and welfare. My article is purely focussed on business and the key points I got for the SONA.