New board members and chairperson for Seda

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) has got three new faces on its board including a new chairperson Dr Ivor Mzwandile Zwane. The development will be closely watched given the SME development craze engulfing the country and the critical position of SEDA.

This comes after cabinet announced yesterday that it has approved the appointment of three new nonexecutive directors for the SEDA board. The other two appointments are Dr Tebogo Job Mokgoro and Thakhani Makhuvha.

The appointments come when SEDA is enjoying some spotlight with indications that the organization has stabilized following years of turbulence.

Styled as a national small business development and support service provider, Seda has emerged out of a consolidation of what was a fragmented state driven SME development sector. Seda was established in 2004 out of a merger between Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency, National Manufacturing Advisory Centre and the Community Public Private Partnership Programme. In 2006 it was injected with the GODISA Trust and National Technology Transfer Centre. The latter two entities were merged to form Seda Technology Programme (Stp). The Stp was in turn injected with the South African Quality Institute (SAQI) and the technology related activities of Technology for Women in Business (TWIB). The Stp was fully integrated into Seda in 2009.

The organization has grown to show an employee base of 575 people with representation across the country’s nine provinces and a network of 43 branches and 42 independent technology bias incubation centres.

Part of the credit to SEDA’s stabilization seems due its Hlonela Lupuwana, the CEO who took over in 2009.

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