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Development (LED) offices to deliver services to SMMEs at a local and district level. This will result in more competitive and sustainable businesses that contribute to the economic growth of the district and the country.

the client either by Seda’s practitioner(s) or through business development service providers. Some of Seda interventions involve assisting SMMEs with business and financial management training, legal compliance, bookkeeping support, mentorship support, implementation of quality management systems, product development and certification, to name a few.

Are there any programmes which promote township and rural economies? The Department of Small Business Development (dsbd) together with its agencies, Seda and Sefa, continues implementing Township and Rural Entrepreneurship Programme (TREP). This is a dedicated programme to provide financial and/ or non-financial support to the township and rural enterprises with an emphasis on enterprises owned and managed by designated groups, women, youth and persons with disabilities, in order to increase their capacity to access economic opportunities and enhance their competitiveness. The following are some of the programmes: • Spaza shop support programme • Automotive aftermarket support programme (panel-beaters, motor mechanics, auto spares and auto fitment) • Clothing, leather and textile support programme • Bakeries and confectionaries support programme • Personal care programme (hair and beauty salons, barber shops, massage parlours) • Butcheries support programme • Tshisanyama and cooked food support programme • Fruit and vegetable vendors support programme.

How is Seda Mpumalanga facilitating business development through ecosystem support? Seda supports a “team” approach to entrepreneurship promotion and development, which involves working with other stakeholders in the business development services ecosystem. We agree to be part of a team approach and play a specific role to contribute to the improvement of small businesses in the province. Our role is to develop, support and promote small businesses and co-operatives, ensuring their growth and sustainability in co-ordination and partnership with various other public and private entities to advance more support to small businesses with additional resources from our partners.

How does the Seda District Ecosystem Facilitation (DEF) model fit into the government District Delivery Model with respect to facilitating BDS? The District Delivery Model, approved by the government, seeks to improve the planning and accelerate the implementation of service delivery programmes to communities, including the development of SMMEs through ensuring that all the three spheres of government work together. Through the DDM, Seda will ensure that development needs and opportunities for SMMEs and co-operatives within each district are taken into account. Seda will work closely with municipalities Seda Client in the Automotive aftermarket support programme (panel-beaters, motor mechanics, auto spares and auto fitment) through the Local Economic

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