Helping Small and Medium Business

  • Marlene Hesketh


It is well documented that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play a critical role in a successful economy. In Southern Africa, where countries are typically capital-poor and labour-rich, the emergence of the small, medium and micro-enterprise (SMME) sector provides opportunities for investment in industries with higher labour absorption at a lower cost of capital. The role of the SMME sector is also essential for technical and other innovation, which is so vital for the challenges facing the sub-continent. This paper addresses the contribution made by SMMEs to the South African economy, and the policy constraints facing the sector.


Small Business Small Firm Large Firm Informal Sector Small Business Owner 
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996

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  • Marlene Hesketh

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