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Minister Ebrahim Patel addressing delegates at the Roundtable Session on the Social Economy Policy for South Africa, which took place in Bryanston in Johannesburg


Minister Ebrahim Patel addressing delegates at the Roundtable  Session on the Social Economy Policy for South Africa, which took place in Bryanston in Johannesburg. Sitting next to him is Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Mr Madala Masuku.



The meeting was held to give key stakeholders the platform to share knowledge and experiences, in order to sharpen the process of developing the Social Economy Policy. This session is a prelude to the National Consultation Conference which will take place early next year.


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Minister Patel talks to entrepreneurs in Sutherland


Minister Ebrahim Patel visited the community of Sutherland in the Northern Cape, in efforts to support the development of SMME’s in the area. He was accompanied by officials from the Economic Development Department and other support and compliance agencies such the National Empowerment Fund (NEF), SARS, Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) and Companies and Intellectual Property Commission.

The main objective of the visit was to engage the business operators, to hear what challenges they encounter in running their businesses, and to educate them about business opportunities possible available and expose them to government support services available to enable them to thrive in business.

The presence of the various officials from other government departments and support agencies gave the entrepreneurs the opportunity to consult and resolve on the spot, some of the administrative challenges they may have been battling with.

Both in the one-on-one with the support agencies, and the dialogue facilitated by Minister Patel, the small business operators raised a number of issues among them the need for skills training in running their businesses, challenges with registering their businesses on government’s Central Database, accessing funding, tax compliance processes among many issues.

Minister Patel also instructed the officials to intervene in the specific challenges raised in the forum. A follow up workshop is also earmarked for end of November to give the entrepreneurs further support.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS (National Social Economy Policy Reference Group)

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS AND APPLICATIONS (National Social Economy Policy Reference Group)
The Economic Development Department calls for nominations and/or applications for candidates to serve on the National Social Economy Policy Reference Group.
The New Growth Path recognises the Social Economy as one of the key Job Drivers for economic growth. The Economic Development Department, in partnership with the Government of Flanders and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), is currently developing a Social Economy Policy. The aim of the work is to ensure that this sector is given the necessary policy support to enable its sustained growth. Tangible deliverables are a Discussion Document on the Social Economy, a Green Paper and a White Paper within the next 18 months. Part of this process is the formation of a Reference Group. The Social Economy Policy Unit at the Economic Development Department will coordinate the work of the Reference Panel.
Tasks of the Reference Panel: • Work with the Inter-Governmental Advisory Committee, guide and advise the policy-making process • Provide expert input and insight on various aspects of the policy development process, on both content and process matters • Participate in the process of compiling a national database of key stakeholders in the sector.
Membership Conditions: • Membership of the Reference Panel will be for six (6) months, renewable once • The Reference Panel is envisaged to initially meet once a month. Such meetings can be virtual • The Reference Panel will comprise no more than fifteen (15) members • When viewed collectively, the membership of the panel is envisaged to have a balanced set of experience and skills, considering the policy process and where it is at • All operational costs will be borne by the Department, and a stipend in line with DPSA and National Treasury Guidelines and Prescripts, will be paid to members of the Reference Panel.
Experience and Qualifications: • Practical experience in and knowledge of the Social Economy in South Africa. Exposure to the sector in Africa and internationally would be added advantage • Experience writing or critically analysing a policy • Previous participation in a national policy writing process, as either the manager of the process, writer in the process or researcher within the process • Ability to engage with stakeholders at different levels and in different contexts • No formal educational qualifications are necessary, although demonstration of relevant qualifications will be considered. Nomination and Applications Procedure
Nominations or applications must be accompanied by: • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the applicant or nominee • In the case of a nomination, a written motivation setting out the nominee’s suitability for the panel and a signed letter of acceptance from the nominee • A motivation letter by the applicant or nominee stating why they believe they (the applicant or nominee) would be suitable for the Reference Panel, what skills and experience they bring to the process and in what direction the applicant or nominee believes the process should be taken and why.
Applications and nominations should be submitted for the attention of Ms Nthabiseng Mahlangu at e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or post: Economic Development Department, Private Bag X149, Pretoria 0001 or hand delivery: the dti Campus, Ground Floor, Block G, 77 Meintjies Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria. Enquiries: Ms Nthabiseng Mahlangu.
Closing date: 28 November 2018. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates.

Minister Ebrahim Patel held an interactive session with Small Business Operators in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape.


The meeting took place at The Lookout Hill Restaurant, where the business operators had an opportunity to discuss the challenges they face in running their businesses.  Development Finance Institutions such as the IDC and SEFA and other agencies were also present to share information on their support programmes. 

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