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.
The Small Enterprise Development Agency(Seda) is responsible for the Implementation of the small business plan of the national government; and to Create and deploy a shared, standardized, and uniform national delivery network. It is an agency of the Department of Small Business Development in South Africa. The Agency was established in 2004 through the National Small Business Amendment Act, Act 29 of 2004.
Its vision is to make a difference in SMMEs' lives every day and its mission is to promote entrepreneurship and develop small enterprises by providing customised non-financial business support services that result in business growth and sustainability in collaboration with other role players in the ecosystem.
Seda collaborates with many ecosystem stakeholders and allocates significant resources to promote entrepreneurship and the growth of Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) throughout the nation. With 54 branches, 46 co-location locations, and 110 incubators, Seda has the largest office network in the nation.
To make a difference in SMMEs' lives every day
To promote entrepreneurship and facilitate the development of small enterprises by providing customised business support services that result in business growth and sustainability in collaboration with other role players in the ecosystem
Seda collaborates with many ecosystem stakeholders and allocates significant resources to promote entrepreneurship and the growth of Small, Medium, and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) throughout the nation. With 54 branches, 46 co-location locations, and 122 incubators, Seda has the largest office network in the nation.
Seda branches provide offerings that assist businesses in various phases of their life cycle.
Training - In addition, Seda provides training courses to support entrepreneurial success. Seda’s courses empower small business owners with the necessary skills to enable them to take their businesses to greater heights. Entrepreneurs learn:
The Seda Technology Programme was created as a special programme to manage different business incubators, facilitate technology transfer and quality interventions. They do the following:
They have the following units:
The Incubation unit is designed to strengthen technology commercialization and harness the entrepreneurship of the technology community in South Africa.
The Quality and Standards unit ensures that small businesses have access to quality control and assessment processes and provides training and access to accreditation and certifications.
The Objective of the Technology Transfer Unit is to promote and facilitate the transfer of technology, which is appropriate, effective and competitive to small enterprises.
Mr. Nkosikhona Mbatha
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Sandile Ndaba
Chief Strategy and Information Officer
Acting Executive Manager
Ms. Ntokozo Majola
Enterprise Development Division
Mr. Elias Maabane
Acting Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Sipho Ngcai
Seda Technology Programme