14:00 - 14:10 Opening and welcome by chairperson: Tshediso Matona
14:10 - 15:30 Presentations and discussion:
- Neva Makgetla: Trends in Small Business in South Africa, presentation on the Small Business Real Economy Bulletin
- Saul Levin and Gabriel Davel: Credit Guarantee and access to finance for SMEs
- Shakespear Mudombi and Muhammed Patel: Small Business resilience and climate change adaptation
15:30 - 16:00 Open Discussion
16:00 Closure and light snacks
Small Business has been put forward as an important contributor towards economic growth, job creation and redress but faces many headwinds in South Africa that have hampered their development. Access to finance and more recently challenges around climate change are key barriers.
This Development Dialogue will provide an overview of recent trends in small business in South Africa, and present research undertaken on credit guarantees and climate change adaptation, with discussion on some of the options and proposals to strengthen the SME eco-system.
About the Speakers
Tshediso Matona is the Secretary of Planning in the National Planning Commission
Saul Levin is the executive director of TIPS and has experience in industrial finance and small business development.
Neva Makgetla is a senior economist at TIPS. Makgetla has published widely on the South African economy and worked for many years in government.
Gabriel Davel is the CEO for the Centre for Credit Market Development and was previously the CEO of the National Credit Regulator.
Shakespear Mudombi and Muhammed Patel are researchers at TIPS in the field of sustainable growth and green economy.