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
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.