Seda’s Small Enterprise District Development Ecosystem Model

Date: 14 October 2020

The District Development Model (DDM) aims to improve the coherence and impact of government service delivery with a focus on the 44 district and eight metro municipalities across South Africa. Through the DDM, the Department of Small Business Development will ensure that development needs and opportunities for SMMEs within each district are taken into account, resulting in more sustainable businesses that grow the local economy and play a critical role in the mainstream economy. This presentation by seda examined the implications of the District Development Model for its evolving operations. It was presented to the Small Business Development portfolio committee on 14 October 2020.

Extract from the presentation: On the role of the District SMME Support Coordination Committee

  • To act as the Department, seda and sefa’s strategic partner for the implementation of the district-based ecosystem facilitation model.
  • To develop a shared SMME and cooperatives development plan aligned to the district’s IDP and economic development strategy, as well as the ‘One-Plan’.
  • To provide strategic support to the district and local municipalities in the development and execution of district-tailored SMME and cooperatives’ development programmes.
  • To support the development of a comprehensive, shared and centralized up-to-date database of BDS practitioners, support organizations, SMMEs and cooperatives operating in the district.
  • To ensure effective participation and access to opportunities by youth, women and people living with disability; to ease and improve access by local SMMEs and cooperatives to market, business and supply chain opportunities.
  • To facilitate access for SMMEs and cooperatives to BBBEE supplier and enterprise development programmes and opportunities.
  • To identify red tape and bottlenecks in the public sector and ensure effective advocacy.
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