Co-Operatives Incentive Scheme Guidelines
The purpose of this document is to provide the policy and guidelines of the Co-operatives Incentive Scheme. The guidelines set out in this document aim to enable co-operatives to present their business cases.
Youth Enterprise Programmes
The DSBD has developed the Youth Enterprise Development Strategy Programmes! Are you a young person between the ages of 18 and 35 years who wants to start and own a business?
Youth Enterprise Development Strategy 2013 - 2023

Through this strategy instrument, Government intends to foster youth economic participation by deliberately enhancing youth entrepreneurship, accelerating the growth of youth-owned and managed enterprises capable of contributing to the GDP growth rate.

2016/2017 Annual Review Small Business and Cooperatives in South Africa

The Annual Review of Small Businesses and Co-operatives in South Africa aims to contribute towards the promotion and development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) as well as co-operatives.

Impact of COVID-19 on Micro and Informal Businesses

How has the Covid-19 pandemic and related lockdown measures affected the most vulnerable players in the South African economy and what assistance will they need to recover? A large proportion of the South African workforce makes a living in the approximately three million micro and informal businesses. 

Guidelines for Reducing Municipal Red Tape

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide municipalities and businesses with practical tools and resources to address municipal Red Tape issues which have the potential to improv


Localisation as the Driver of Economic Recovery

The South African Cabinet’s approach to localised industrialisation is intended to rebuild the economy, create jobs, and transform the ownership patterns to a more inclusive environment for the operation of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises.

Youth Challenge Fund

The Youth Challenge Fund follows a commitment by the President in his 2021 State of the Nation Address to support 15,000 youth start-ups by 2024. This programme seeks to contribute to the target.

Township And Rural Entrepreneurship Programme

The TREP is a programme dedicated to transforming and integrating opportunities in townships and rural areas into productive business ventures. The focus is to create platforms that provide the business support infrastructure and regulatory environment that enables entrepreneurs to thrive.

Co-Operatives Development Support Programme (CDSP)

CDSP is a programme of the Department of Small Business Development with an objective to support co-operative enterprises financially and non-financially in partnership with other key strategic stakeholders (DFIs, Municipalities and Private Sector, etc.).