The Department of Small Business Development has committed to working closely with Municipalities in implementation of the District Development Model by localising services of its agencies SEFA and SEDA.

Speaking during the SEDA Annual Stakeholder Forum which took place from 31 October to 01 November 2019 in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said: “My view is that municipalities are not our stakeholders, but our partners. To cement the partnership with municipalities, we have committed that SEDA and SEFA services we will be accessible through the Municipalities LED Units. The Department is finalising the modalities to enable this, including the necessary consultations. We have however, committed to commence in OR Tambo, Waterberg and Vhembe Districts and Ethekwini Metro as we tie our work with the roll-out of District Development Model”.

The purpose of the forum was to celebrate the accomplishments of small enterprises and cooperatives.

The new District based Model is aimed at synchronising planning by all spheres of government and involve citizens and civil society in the development of South Africa’s 44 municipal districts and eight (8) Metros. The Model was piloted in the OR Tambo District Municipality in the Eastern Cape. “The municipalities are the service points of government which are closest to the people,” Minister Ntshavheni said.

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