Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)


About Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)

Seda’s Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is a supply and value chain development programme developed in line with government’s priorities. This is reflected by government’s recognition of the importance of supporting small businesses as engines of economic growth and job creation, with SMMEs contributing between 52% – 57% to the South Africa’s GDP and approximately 61% to employment, according to the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

It is also reflected in government’s commitment to supporting small businesses and cooperatives; its pronouncement for State-owned Enterprises (SoEs) to reserve 30% of procurement spend for SMMEs and for large corporations to spend 3% of their Net profit on supplier enterprise development.

Despite South Africa being a highly resourceful country and relatively favourable policy environment, 63% of SMMEs tend to fail in the first 18 months of operating. Supplier Development Programmes such as Seda’s are thus a response to such issues with the aim of improving the competitiveness of suppliers enabling them to meet procurement requirements of large corporates and SoEs. This is done through tailored training and mentoring support in technical, business, production, management, and marketing skills – increasing their capacity to access business opportunities in selected sectors.

Overall Programme has three primary components:

  • Support high-end SME suppliers
  • Support lower-end small, micro enterprises and co-operatives
  • Supporting existing initiatives (ED and opportunistic activities) as agreed with strategic partners

Supplier benefits

  • Develop suppliers to improve quality, efficiency and quantity to supply ready standards; and
  • Facilitate access to markets
  • Increased sustainability and competitiveness of local SMMEs and co-operatives,
  • Improved profitability and income distribution in the economy through new/better jobs

Buyer benefits

  • Provide expertise and knowledge with regard to the development of small business;
  • Provide access to large and diversified database of potential suppliers;
  • Facilitate transformation and diversification of corporate supply chain; and
  • To leverage resources and reduce costs associated with supplier development.

Contact Details

National Office

Tel. Number: +27 (0)12 441 1000 

Fax Number: +27 (0)12 441 2064


National Information Centre

Tel. Number: 0860 663 7867



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