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South Africa's second economyThe second economy refers to the range of activities that are often marginal, outside the regulatory net and survivalist in character. Large numbers of South Africans are employed in the second economy, which overlaps with what is referred to as the informal economy. The structural features of the economy create a symbiotic relationship between the first and second economies, yet without the transfer of incomes and sustainable dynamism that is required.

The purpose of this sub-programme is to develop policies that will transform second economy activities into dynamic, competitive activities that are part of the economic mainstream and included in the country’s tax and other arrangements. The goal is to ensure decent incomes for entrepreneurs and workers. It will involve a mapping exercise that shows the links between the first and second economies and that develops policy proposals to transform the second economy. Close cooperation with other government departments will be necessary.

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Economic Development Department employees have pledged their commitment to the fight against corruption. Corruption in both the private and public sector has a detrimental effect on government's effort to deliver effective services to the people.  In signing the declaration, employees declare: 'I know, I act, I stop corruption - Fighting corruption is everyone's business.'

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Scam Alert
All Service Providers and Businesses

The Economic Development Department wishes to advise members of the public, particularly those in business, to be alert to a scam utilizing the logo of the Economic Development Department. The fraudsters involved send unsuspecting business operators a Request for Quotations for the provision of Solar Panels.

As the Economic Development Department, we wish to state that we do not have such a project, and therefore beware that the Request for Quotation is not from the Economic Development Department.

Please confirm any request you receive with our Supply Chain Management division on these details 012 394 3579. Report these fraudulent activities to the SAPS or call the Anti Corruption hotline 0800 701 701 or SMS to 39772 or send an email to fraud@economic.gov.za.

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