Proposed bill would compel larger enterprises to deal with small businesses

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In effect larger businesses will be at the mercy of small enterprises seeking to exact a favourable deal. Picture: iStock
In effect larger businesses will be at the mercy of small enterprises seeking to exact a favourable deal. Picture: iStock

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The draft National Small Enterprise Amendment Bill, which Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, gazetted in December last year for public comment, would give an envisaged Small Enterprise Ombud and the minister an array of powers.

They, and small enterprises as defined in the bill, could use these powers to compel larger businesses to enter into supply and other commercial transactions with small businesses.

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