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    SEZ and Economic Transformation Division (SEZ&ET)

    Mr Sipho Zikode

    Deputy Director General: SEZ and Economic Transformation Division (SEZ&ET)


    To lead the development of policies and strategies that create an enabling environment for SMMEs, and enhance the competitiveness of local and provincial economies, to achieve inclusive shared equity, growth and job creation.
    Mr Sipho Zikode

    Description of Sub-Programmes

    • Enterprise Development creates an enabling environment conducive to the development and growth of SMMEs and co-operative enterprises, and provides a broad range of business development support services. The sub-programme makes transfer payments to the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda), which provides non-financial business development and support services for small enterprise.
    • Equity and Empowerment promotes Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) and Women Empowerment. Transfer payments are made to the South African Women Entrepreneurs' Network (SAWEN), currently administered by seda, which supports and grows women's entrepreneurship through networking facilities; and the IDC's Isivande Women's Fund (IWF), which provides financial support for women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.
    • Regional Economic Development promotes spatially-balanced economic development and productivity improvements, by crafting policies, strategies and programmes that focus on underdeveloped regions. The sub-programme makes transfer payments to the University of Johannesburg: Capacity-Building Programme for Economic Development.

      The sub-programme also makes transfers to: the National Research Foundation's Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programmes (THRIP), which supports research and technology development by strengthening the number and skills of appropriately trained people; Productivity South Africa's Workplace Challenge programme, which finances and supports world class manufacturing and value chain efficiency improvements in South African companies; the IDC's Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII), which enables private sector enterprises to develop new products and services; seda's Technology programme (stp), which finances and supports early, seed and start up technology ventures aimed at increasing South Africa's competitiveness; and the Centre for Entrepreneurship, which combines technical graduate training and entrepreneurship in the higher education curricula, thus empowering emerging entrepreneurs and unemployed graduates.