In February 2017, the Department of Small Business Development commissioned a research project to develop a research agenda to address the development and growth within the SMME and co-operative sectors in South Africa.

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The period covered by this review (2008-2013) was characterised by considerably difficult economic conditions, with generally subdued overall growth performance, high lending rates, falling business and consumer confidence resulting in slowing demand and weakened capacity utilisation in the private sector.

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In order to assist in improving the regulatory environment for small business, the Department of Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) and Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) requested the Employment Promotion Programme (EPP) to contract Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) to conduct a study on the national regulatory burdens on small business.

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This report presents the results of a comparative analysis of South Africa’s National Small Business Act (No. 102) of 1996 with small business legislation in eight other jurisdictions – Brazil, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States.

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