Cape Town – Opposition parties on Thursday dismissed the Department of Small Business Development as unnecessary, invisible and unavailable to fulfil a supporting role to small and medium enterprises.
During a debate on the Department’s budget vote in Parliament, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Toby Chance told Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu that she was “invisible” and that “97% of businesses in South Africa” has never contacted her department, even three years into its existence.
“How can I make such an assertion? When you run a business you register it through the Trade and Industry, SARS gives a tax number and you approach your family and friends for funding. Where does this department fit in? Nowhere,” Chance said.