T he development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’s) is a key element of LED and of pro-poor approaches to growth since the utilization of linkages depends on entrepreneurial activity. The uptake of opportunities by entrepreneurs is thus a crucial link between an economic stimulus or injection, and tangible socio-economic improvements for people – indeed, in SA, SMME’s have been described as “the true engine of LED” (Mathfield 2000: 28).
These opportunities would be accessible to small and informal operators, to women, and to people who were previously unemployed. The opportunities do not need much finance or experience and would be suited to small-scale production, that makes opportunities available to those who most need them.
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