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Labour law and small business development: Here's what the new ministry is planning

by , 30 July 2014
Earlier today, we published an article in which we told you about some of the plans the Minister of Small Business Development has for the small business sector.

We told you to lookout for the second instalment of her plans. We're now delivering on that promise.

Keep reading to find out what Lindiwe Zulu, the Minister of Small Business Development, had to say about labour laws and payments when it comes to the small business sector.

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Here's what the Minister of Small Business Development wants to do when it comes to the small business sector
 

In this article, we mentioned that the minister delivered her maiden budget vote speech last week in Parliament.

One of the things she said during her speech was that labour laws need to be conducive to small businesses.

When MoneyWeb spoke with the minister, it asked her what she meant by that statement.

Zulu's response was as follows: 'We have absolutely no intention of reversing any gains that have been made by unions and everybody. We have absolutely no intention of doing that… We have to work together with them. What we are also saying is that there must be an understanding that there are people who are being protected (by labour laws) who are already in jobs. But then there are other people on the outside who also want to get in and if you have small and medium enterprises, we're not saying that they must not abide or they must not comply… They have to… But we need to say to them that they must understand that those people who are on the outside also have families to take care of, also have themselves to take care of. So we will have to engage with them... Our responsibility is across the board those that are already being protected, but also those who are on the outside are very important to us.'

One of the things small business owners always complain about is government's inability to pay within the stipulated 30-days and how this causes cash flow problems.

If you're one of the many business owners who face this challenge, you'll be glad to know that the minister plans to address this issue.
 

The Minister of Small Business Development had this to say about government's failure to pay on time
 

Zulu told MoneyWeb that she fully agrees that a small business owner must get payment within 30-days so the business can survive and she'll focus on this.

One thing is certain: The Minister of Small Business Development is talking tough. The good news is those who know her well say she's a very competent person. We certainly hope she'll address the many challenges facing the small business sector so your business will continue to grow.



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