Seda was established in December 2004 through the National Small Business Amendment Act – Act 29 of 2004 – as an agency under the
then-Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). The establishment merged three entities: Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency, National
Manufacturing Advisory Centre and the Community Public Private Partnership (CPPP) programme. The GODISA Trust and the National
Technology Transfer Centre were merged with Seda in April 2006, becoming the Seda Technology Programme (Stp). The small enterprise
support function of the South African Quality Institute and the technology-related activities of the Technology for Women in Business
were incorporated with Stp in 2008. Stp was fully integrated into Seda structures in 2009. In 2014, Seda’s mandate and functions were
transferred from the dti to DSBD.