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.
- More information: Competitiveness Fund (department of trade and industry)
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".