The Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) is an agency of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, which was established in December 2004. The vision of SEDA is to develop, support and promote small enterprises to ensure growth and sustainability. In order to accomplish this, SEDA aims to support the growth of small enterprises in South Africa while creating a better regulatory environment and encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship. SEDA’s main aim is to provide information to prospective and current small entrepreneurs that will assist in building sustainable businesses.

SEDA’s objectives

  • To design and implement delivery networks.
  • To promote a service delivery network.
  • To strengthen the capacity for service providers to support small enterprises.
  • To enable small enterprises to compete successfully domestically and internationally. 
  • To strengthen support for SMME’s access to finance. 
  • To create an enabling regulatory environment.
  • To expand market opportunities for specific small enterprises.
  • To localise small business support through rigid access points.
  • To initiate a national entrepreneurs drive and expand education and training for small businesses.
  • To co-fund minimum business infrastructure.  
  • To strengthen technology commercialisation which directly helps investors and new enterprises to use technology optimally in improving the competitiveness of their products and services.
  • To ensure that small businesses have access to quality control and assessment processes, and provides training and access to accreditations and certifications.
  • Provide SEDA courses for the support of entrepreneurial successes (5 days).
  • To strengthen the organisation to deliver on its mission.

Potential beneficiaries

  • Small businesses operating in South Africa.
  • Projects that have the potential to promote historically disadvantaged individuals, with special emphasis on the youth and women development.
  • Projects that have the potential to develop emerging markets.

Contact details

 Location Physical address Contact number
Western Cape Provincial Office 6th Floor,
Pinnacle Building,
2 Burg Street, Cape Town, 8001
Tel: 021 487 3640/4761/3660
Bellville 2nd Floor,
Lowville Place,
23 Vrede Street, Bellville, 7350
Tel: 021 949 2227












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