The Ministry of Small Business Development was established in 2014 marking a turning point in history of SMMEs and Co-operatives development in South Africa, demonstrating Government’s commitment to place SMMEs and Co-operatives at the centre of economic growth and job creation.

The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) was thereafter established as a standalone national department in accordance with the reorganisation of some national departments announced by the President in May 2014.

Mandate Mission Vision
To lead and coordinate an integrated approach to the promotion and development of entrepreneurship, Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) and Co-operatives, and to ensure an enabling legislative and policy environment to support their growth and sustainability. The coordination, integration and mobilisation of efforts and resources towards the creation of an enabling environment for the growth and sustainability of small businesses and co-operatives. A transformed and inclusive economy driven by sustainable, innovative SMMEs and Co-operatives.
Departmental Impact Statement Department Outcomes
Sustainable SMMEs and Co-operatives contributing meaningfully to the economy.
  • Increased participation of SMMEs and co-operatives in domestic and international markets.
  • Increased contribution of SMMEs and Co-operatives in Priority Sectors
  • Scaled-Up and coordinated support for SMMEs Cooperatives, Village and Township Economies.
  • Expanded access to financial and non-financial support and implemented responsive programmes to new and existing SMMEs and Co-operatives.

Living this value means that we will seek to: 

  • Foster innovative ideas and solutions to deliver exceptional results; and
  • Continuously seek new and better ways to serve our clients
Integrity Living this value means that we will seek to:
  • Consistently honour our commitments;
  • Uphold ethical, honest behaviour; 
  • Ensure open and transparent communication; and 
  • Behave with integrity in all our actions, always acting in the best interest of the organisation.
Professionalism Living this value means that we will seek to:
  • Serve with utmost respect, competence and professionalism;
  • Display punctuality, reliability, dependability and a commitment to meet deadlines; and
  • Co-operate with all role players.
Customer Centric Living this value means that we will seek to:
  • Place customer service excellence at the centre of everything we do;
  • Create a nurturing environment by partnering with our clients and
  • employees, and in the way in which we care and support them;
  • Always be available and accessible in providing public services to our society; and
  • Understand customer needs and respond timeously, efficiently and effectively to customer queries and requests.
Commitment Living this value means that we will seek to:
  • Do our best to get work done; 
  • Be selfless, resolute, purposeful and steadfast;  
  • Be committed to efforts of job creation, alleviating poverty and reducing inequality; and
  • Display a solution-driven attitude and commitment to serve.
Caring Organisation Living this value means that we will:
  • Invest in the growth and development of our staff members;
  • Invest in the wellbeing of our staff member; and
  • Create a learning organisation.
Developmental Goals

Goal 1

  • Policy and planning coherence in the sector, that promotes an enabling ecosystem for SMMEs and Co-operatives.

Goal 2

  • Equitable access to responsive and targeted products and services that enable the growth and development of SMMEs and co-operatives.

Goal 3

  • An enhanced contribution to socio-economic development outcomes by the sector.

Goal 4

  • Sound governance and the optimal utilisation of available resources.

Goal 5

  • A professional and capacitated SBD.