• Change of culture needed

    The right leadership will help SA shed its culture of violence, says Mandi Smallhorne.

  • 10 tips to find bargains

    Susan Erasmus gives advice on how bargain hunters can get the most bang for their buck.

  • Inside Labour

    Labour's bitter breaches need to be seen in historical context, says Terry Bell.

All data is delayed
Loading...
See More

Khoza calls for visionary leadership

May 22 2012 12:38 Sapa

Related Articles

JSE CEO wades into ANC-Khoza row

Khoza unperturbed by Manyi attack

Nedbank: SA leaders undermine law

Minister takes on Nedbank chair

Manyi slams Nedbank chair

ANC lashes Nedbank's Khoza

 

Johannesburg - An absence of visionary leadership is a major stumbling block for entrepreneurs in South Africa, Nedbank Group [JSE:NED] chairperson Reuel Khoza said on Tuesday.

"Leadership at all levels should demonstrate a commitment to creative freedom," he told delegates to a microfinance conference in Sandton.

Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMES) should form the backbone of South Africa's economy.

"Big business and the state cannot provide enough jobs," he said.

Entrepreneurs in the informal sector experience police harassment. Within 18 months of existence, many SMMES "fall off a cliff into an abyss".

"Some struggle on as subsistence businesses. They do not grow beyond that."

A lack of finance is not necessarily the key obstacle. Finance is in fact more available in South Africa than in many other countries. The bigger problem is the lack of an enabling environment.

According to the World Bank, South Africa is one of the most difficult countries in which to do business.

In Singapore, the state requires three simple procedures which take three days and cost 0.01% of per capita income to start a business.

In South Africa, five complicated procedures are needed. These take 19 days and cost 0.3% of income, said Khoza.

Several leaders, including President Jacob Zuma, have spoken of the need to develop townships into thriving centres of business.

"This will remain a dream until it becomes easier to do business," Khoza warned.

 
reuel khoza  |  entrepreneurs  |  leaders  |  smmes

 
 
 

Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Company Snapshot

Brought to you by BizNews

More from BizNews

We're talking about:

SMALL BUSINESS

Johannesburg has been selected to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in 2017. "[The congress] will ensure that small business development remains firmly on the national agenda and the radar screen of all stakeholders, the Small Business Development minister said.
 
 

Top 10 richest musicians of all time

Check out the gallery to find out who they are!

 
 

Luxury living

10 of the most expensive things that will leave your jaw hanging!
Seven of the most expensive children's toys ever made
5 millionaires turned murderers
The youngest billionaires in the world and how they made it

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

How do you see your boss? He/sheis:

Previous results · Suggest a vote

Loading...