2019-w1374 - 14 November 2019

Willem Frederik Faber to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether her department did business with certain (a) persons, (b) companies and (c) trusts (names and details furnished in each case) (i) in each of the past five financial years and (ii) since 1 April 2019; if so, (aa) on what date(s) did her department do business with the specified persons, companies and trusts and (bb) what was the (aaa) nature and (bbb) monetary value of each business arrangement?”

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 14 Nov 2019

The Department of Small Business Development has never done business with (a) persons, (b) companies and (c) trusts as per the details furnished in each case); therefore

(i) Not applicable; and

(ii) Not applicable,

(aa) Not applicable.

(bb) Not applicable.

(aaa) Not applicable.

(bbb) Not applicable.

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2019-w1177 - 14 November 2019

Nceba Ephraim Hinana to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether her department incurred any costs related to the (a) inauguration of the President of the Republic, Mr M C Ramaphosa, held in Pretoria on 25 May 2019 and (b) State of the Nation Address held in Cape Town on 20 June 2019; if so, in each case, (i) what costs were incurred and (ii) for what reason?”

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 14 Nov 2019

a) The Department of Small Business and Development (DSBD) did not incur any costs in relation to the inauguration of the President of the Republic held on 25 May 2019.

b) In terms of the State of Nation Address held on 20 June 2019, only travel and accommodation costs were incurred by the DSBD as follows:

Attendee

(b)(i) Travel and accommodation costs

(b ...

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2019-w772 - 14 November 2019

Christian Themba Msimang to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

Whether her department has taken any steps to facilitate the development of information technology (IT) infrastructure, as economic growth relating to the promotion of small, medium and micro enterprises depend largely on the advanced development of IT, which is severely lacking in townships and rural areas; if not, why not; if so, (a) what steps and (b) what are the relevant details?”

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 14 Nov 2019

The Department is working on the establishment of ICT/ Start-up Hubs in townships and rural area, and they will be to ensure linked with the main ecosystems hubs or “Focal Points”. The ICT Hubs are also linked to the program of the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies to extend connectivity to rural and township areas. The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) invested in ...

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2019-w771 - 14 November 2019

Christian Themba Msimang to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What steps has her department taken to promote small, medium and micro enterprises in the townships and rural areas where they are in competition with big businesses that intend to establish shopping malls and other big businesses in townships and rural areas; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?”

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 14 Nov 2019

In the past number of years, the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) through its agencies; the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (sefa) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) has focused on promoting SMMEs across all sectors of the economy including townships and rural areas. SMMEs based particularly in townships and rural areas mostly battle to survive, let alone effectively compete with large businesses ...

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2019-w628 - 11 September 2019

Annacleta Mathapelo Siwisa to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) total amount has (i) her department and (ii) each of the entities reporting to her spent on (aa) cleaning, (bb) security and (cc) gardening services in the (aaa) 2017-18 and (bbb) 2018-19 financial years, (b) amount was paid to each service provider to provide each specified service and (c) total amount was paid to each of the service providers?”

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 11 Sep 2019

(a),(b)&(c)(i) The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD)

The DSBD has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Trade and Industry (thedti) who is the Landlord, the rental cost is inclusive of all facilities management services for the DTI Campus - Blocks A and G. During 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years, thedti has been responsible for ...

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2019-w128 - 14 August 2019

Leon Amos Schreiber to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

With reference to the reply of the former Minister of Small Business Development to question 3767 on 21 December 2018, what (a) is the current total Rand value of each government department’s backlog for paying service providers within 30 days in compliance with the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999, and (b) steps will her department take to address the specified backlogs?”

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 14 Aug 2019

a) The National Treasury does not differentiate between large and SMME in its report of non-compliance with payment of suppliers.

According to the National Treasury 2018/19 Annual Report - the total Rand value of invoices older than 30 days and not paid by national Departments at the end of the 2018/2019 financial year amounted to R 634 million with the following Departments leading ...

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2019-w594 - 18 April 2019

Roger William Tobias Chance to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

(1)(a) What was the cost of her trip to the China Import Expo in Shanghai in November 2018 in terms of accommodation, flights and allowances, (b) who accompanied her to the specified expo and what costs did her department incur in this regard, (c) what are the names, products and business done by the small to medium enterprises (SMEs) which her department paid to exhibit at the expo and (d) what number of these SMEs had accompanied her or her department on previous expos to China; (2) (a) what was the purpose of her visit to the United Kingdom in November 2018, (b) what are the names of the government and business representatives with whom she met, (c) what was the outcome of the specified meetings, (d) who accompanied her and (e) what was the total cost of the visit in terms of accommodation, flights and allowances; (3) what progress has her department and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency made in implementing the recommendations of the report entitled Business Rescue, Turnaround and Retention for SMME&Cs, which was produced by the University of Pretoria, dated 15 December 2017?”

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 18 Apr 2019

(1)(a) The Minister did not travel to China in November 2018 the Deputy Minister of Small Business Development travelled. Costs relating to the China Import Expo, Shanghai of November 2018

Item

Amount

Accommodation

R 173,658.00 (5 nights for 4 People)

Flights

R 198,839.40 ( 3 Business Class & 2 Economy)

Ground Transport

R 154,052.26 ( Executive Shuttle + Car)

Allowances ...

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2019-w399 - 18 April 2019

Thilivhali Elphus Mulaudzi to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What number of loan applications have been approved by the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) for artificial intelligence and online companies since the establishment of Sefa?”

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 18 Apr 2019

The Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) has not funded applications for artificial intelligence and online companies since establishment.

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2019-w322 - 18 April 2019

Thilivhali Elphus Mulaudzi to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What number of loan applications were (a) approved and (b) rejected by the Small Enterprise Finance Agency in each of the past five financial years”

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 18 Apr 2019

a) Approved loan applications:

Approvals – Loan Applications

FY2014

FY2015

FY2016

FY2017

FY2018

Grand Total

340

420

389

196

249

b) Rejected loan applications:

Rejected – Loan Applications

FY2014

FY2015

FY2016

FY2017

FY2018

Grand Total

79

91

139

221

184

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2019-w194 - 18 April 2019

Hendrik Christiaan Crafford Krüger to ask the Minister of Small Business Development

What (a) number of international trips did (i) she and (ii) the Deputy Minister undertake (aa) in the (aaa) 2013-14 and (bbb) 2014-15 financial years and (bb) since 1 April 2015, (b) was the (i) destination and (ii) purpose of each trip and (c) amount did each trip cost in terms of (i) flights, (ii) accommodation and (iii) any other related expenses?

Reply from the Minister of Small Business Development on 18 Apr 2019

(a)(i)(aa) The Minister of Small Business Development’s official international travel are as follows:

(aa)(aaa) 2013 – 2014

Minister was only appointed to her current portfolio end of May 2014 on which falls under 2014 – 2015 financial year.

(aa)(bbb) 2014 – 2015

One trip was undertaken by the Minister during this financial year

(bb) 1 April 2015 – 31 March 2016

Six trips ...

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