Welcome to the Small Enterprise Development Agency( SEDA)
The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) is an agency of the South African Department of Trade and Industry(the dti).Seda was established in December 2004, through the National Small Business Amendment Act, Act 29 of 2004.
It is mandated to implement government’s small business strategy; design and implement a standard and common national delivery network for small enterprise development; and integrate government-funded small enterprise support agencies across all tiers of government.
Seda’s mission is to develop, support and promote small enterprises throughout the country, ensuring their growth and sustainability in co–ordination and partnership with various role players, including global partners, who make international best practices available to local entrepreneurs.
This is critical in alleviating poverty in South Africa, as the small enterprises sector has a significant and valuable contribution to make in sustainable and equitable social and economic development, as well as employment and wealth creation.
Seda is committed to building the sector through the development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), including cooperatives, so that this potential may be realised. To this end it offers small entrprises advice, counselling, mentorship, guidance and access to vital contacts through its nationwide network of 9 provincial offices, 42 branches, 46 Enterprise Information Centres and 29 Technology Incubators across the country.
Offerings to which entrepreneurs have access include, among others, are information and advice, training and mentoring, business planning and registration, incubation and technology transfer as well as sector specific training and development programmes.
These services are delivered by qualified business advisors, who receive ongoing training to ensure the highest levels of service delivery.
Seda has recorded significant success since it was established in 2004, with a marked increase year-on-year in the numbers of people assisted, small enterprises initiated and supported, and jobs created.
Its focus going forward is to increase the success record, through high-impact, visible projects, appropriate product and service delivery as well as capacity building for its frontline staff. In this regard Seda’s newly established Learning Academy will play a pivotal role in building internal capacity to provide the majority of its services in-house while still retaining the services of its service providers for more specialised interventions. Going forward, Seda’s measure of success will not only focus on the number of small enterprises assisted, but the quality and depth of its interventions and the resultant impact.