Govt grants for entrepreneurs
9 September 2003
The department of trade and industry has launched a Competitiveness Fund that provides financial support to qualifying entrepreneurs, allocating grants that cover up to 50% of their running costs.
All registered private sector South African companies qualify for assistance. However, companies should have a clearly stated objective to support competitiveness.
Bulelwa Gwagwa, the KwaZulu-Natal manager of the fund, told about 300 business people at the launch in Durban last week that the fund has already, in its first phase of operation, committed more than R200-million to over 1 300 companies in the country.
Gwagwa said the increasing economic activity in the province had necessitated the introduction of incentives, such as those offered by the Competitiveness Fund, to ensure
that companies can compete in the global economy.
Tumelo Chipfupa, the fund's chief director, said the government had "realised that South African firms needed special assistance and support for their products and services in the context of international competition".