Thursday, 29 March 2018

Small businesses continue to get bad service from government departments - a case study

This week I received an impassioned email from the owner of a small business who had applied for funding from Sefa but got nothing but the proverbial run around. Our correspondence and his submission to the Portfolio Committee on Small Business Development, copied below, describe his frustrations at the failure of the Department, its agencies and other government departments to do their job.

I have kept the identity of the individual he is complaining about at Sefa confidential as it would not be fair on her to reveal her name until Sefa has investigated the complaint.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Media statement: DA calls on Public Protector to investigate Minister Lindiwe Zulu's luxury cars purchase

Date: 22 March 2018
Release: Immediate
The DA will lodge a complaint with the Public Protector to investigate the Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, for wilfully misleading Parliament on the purchase of cars by the Department for herself and her then deputy Nomathemba November.
In an oral reply to a question I posed to her on the 29th of November 2017, Minister Zulu seemingly omitted that the Department was in the process of buying new cars for her and her Deputy.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Motion in Parliament on the launch of Project Naledi

Today I moved this motion in the House:


Internal Ref Number:
Project Naledi

I hereby move, on behalf of the Democratic Alliance, that this House;

1.      Notes that On Saturday 17th February, Project Naledi was successfully launched at the Soweto Equestrian Centre in Moroka, Soweto;

2.      Further notes that Project Naledi is a partnership between international law firm Pinsent Masons, the Soweto Equestrian Centre, Soweto Cricket Club and Sir Ramabitsa Education Programme and

3.      Takes cognisance of the fact that the project has already enrolled over 200 youngsters onto the programme, who are receiving extra lessons in maths, accounting, English and science to better equip them for the world of work;

4.      Congratulates the local community members who initiated this programme, based on a firm commitment to improve the life chances of their young people;

5.      Acknowledges the important role Pinsent Masons is playing by providing funds, resources and networking opportunities;

6.      Further acknowledges that this epitomises the sort of partnership President Ramaphosa called for in his state of the nation address; and

7.      Encourages the establishment of other similar partnerships in communities throughout South Africa, to build trust, collaboration and work towards the betterment of the lives of millions of South Africans who deserve better than they have experienced under 24 years of ANC government.  

Toby Chance MP

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Acknowledgement of receipt from The Presidency of my letter on late payments

Dear Mr Christians

We write to acknowledge with thanks, receipt of letter from Shadow Minister of Small Business Development, Toby Chance addressed to the President of the Republic of South  Africa, His Excellency, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa.

Kindly be advised that the matter will be brought to the President’s attention.

Kind regards

Mr Robert Ngobeni-Hlongwane
Administration & Correspondence
Private Office of the President
West Wing, Room 65 Union Buildings
The Presidency
Tel: 012 300 5219
Cell: 082 375 1099
Fax: 086 683 5219

Letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa on late payments to suppliers to government

PO Box 15 Cape Town 8000 Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27 (21) 403-3595/8911, Fax: 086 730 5690
Cell: +27 (0)83 251 5613

Toby Chance MP

Shadow Minister OF SMall Business Development
Member of Parliament for Soweto west
                                                                                                                                                                           5 March 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa
Union Buildings
Republic of South Africa

Dear President Ramaphosa


I would like to congratulate you on your election as President of South Africa and
wish you well in the carrying out of your duties.
As you are aware and expressed in your reply to the state of the nation debate, small business development is critical for economic growth and job creation in our country.
Cash flow makes or breaks a small business. If one does not have the cash to pay expenses and salaries, then one’s business can’t survive. Simply put: no cash equals no business. This is a reality even if a small business has all the customers it wants and talented employees who do their jobs well.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Media statement: Ramaphosa must commit to Payment Plan to pay business suppliers

Ramaphosa must commit to Payment Plan to pay business suppliers

by Toby Chance MP - DA Shadow Minister of Small Business Development

One of the tests for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first 100 days in office will be to ensure that more than 100 000 unpaid invoices, worth over R7.7 billion, much of it to small businesses, is paid out as a matter of urgency.
The DA will write to both Minister Lindiwe Zulu and President Ramaphosa asking that they commit to a Small Business Suppliers Payment Plan to clear the arrears currently due to hardworking men and women in the small business sector.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Panel discussion on Classic Business - the Ramaphosa effect on SMEs

Yesterday evening I participated in a panel discussion on Classic FM's business programme, Classic Business.

The other panelists were Joe Schwenke, founder of what is now Business Partners, and Dawie Roodt, Chief Economist at The Efficient Group.

An interesting discussion, which you can download by clicking here.

The main point I tried to get across was that Cyril Ramaphosa is not the silver bullet the economy needs as he has to first make the hard choices on labour reform, BEE, tackling the unions and favouring the National Development Plan as opposed to the National Democratic Revolution before he can claim our support.

After the panel discussion I went home and sat up to listen to President Zuma resign as President of the Republic. What a relief. Today we vote on the election of a new president.

Assuming it is Ramaphosa, we will find him a tougher customer to oppose than Zuma but we must never lose sight of the fact that Ramaphosa is a child of the ANC too, and he has been complicit in all the misdeeds of the previous 5 years of Zuma rule.

Does he have the courage to strike out in a new direction? His choice of cabinet will be the first indicator or yes, no or maybe.