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The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), a unit within the Small Business Development Ministry tasked with supporting small and medium size businesses, has referred to the law enforcement authorities a recently uncovered attempt to defraud the public, says Sipho Zikode, the acting Chief Executive Officer at Seda.

The essence of the scam involves a call to the public, in the name of Seda, to respond to a tender to assist small businesses in health, housing, transport and the public sector. “The call for tenders is being circulated via email and requests potential bidders to email their proposals to sedainfo@consultant.com,” says Zikode.“These fraudsters are targeting entrepreneurs who are desperate for new contracts,” adds Zikode.

On behalf of Seda, I would like to inform the public that this is not a legitimate tender advertisement. “Seda advertises all tenders through the Government Tender Bulletin, Seda Website and mainstream media, we do not send out bulk emails to select individuals or businesses,” says, George Jacobson, head of supply chain at Seda. Furthermore, Seda does not charge a fee for tender documents.

Jacobson says Seda takes fraud very seriously and on discovering the scam, the agency immediately contacted the relevant law enforcement authorities to investigate. “We are not certain of the full intention of the fraudsters, apart from collecting money for tender documents but whatever their motives may be, we are certain they are not honourable,” concludes Jacobson.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Beverly Kgame on 012 441 1187 or email bkgame@seda.org.za

 

ISSUED BY:THE SMALL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (Seda)
MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO: Beverley Kgame
E-MAIL: bkgame@seda.org.za
TEL: 012 441 1187
MOBILE: 0835338030
Date: Thursday, 19 March 2015