South Africa - Enterprise Development Pilot Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 23 Apr 2015
Signature Date 19 Aug 2015
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2021
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Dec 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11330
Commitment U.A 1,040,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Enterprise Development Pilot Project aims to stimulate entrepreneurship by supporting SMMEs, municipalities and the Industrial Parks Program. The intervention will, in particular, enable the conducting of a detailed pre-investment study that will lead to bankable investment projects under the Industrial Parks Revival Programme. It covers a MIC Grant of UA 1.2 million to the Government of the Republic of South Africa to support Enterprise Development through Local Economic Development Strategies, pilot Specialized Industrial Platforms and a Detailed PreInvestment Study for Industrial Parks. In its implementation, the project will promote an integrated approach to SMME development by supporting demand-side and supply-side interventions in the sector. The feasibility study for the revitalization of the Industrial parks and integration of Local Economic Development (LED) in Municipal Development Plans will enable the generation of economic activities that will increase the demand for goods and services from SMMEs in the second economy. On the other hand, improving access to technology and skills to these SMMEs in the second economy will improve their ability to efficiently supply the goods and services demanded in their municipalities. The synergies from these interventions will improve job creation, lead to reduced poverty amongst the youth in particular and foster inclusive growth in the economy as a whole, through increased participation from the second economy. Furthermore, training for district municipalities shall include aspects of managing industrial relations, which are currently having a negative impact on the competitiveness of the South African economy.

Project Objectives

The overall goal of the proposed Enterprise Development Pilot Project is to contribute to job creation, social inclusion and the reduction of the gender poverty gap, through supporting skills, infrastructure and enterprise development in South Africa. The specific objectives of the intervention are to: i) Improve the capacity of local municipalities in planning and implementing Local Economic Development Programmes; ii) Improve SMME access to innovative production technology in pilot districts; and iii) Increase SME participation in manufacturing.


The main beneficiaries of the project are the Government of the Republic of South Africa, Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMME), industrial parks, Municipalities as well as the populations especially the young people.

Participating Organization

Middle Income Countries Fund


IATI identifier 46002-P-ZA-IE0-003
Last Update 12 May 2021


Contact Details

Name AREA Alex

Geographic Location

Country South Africa
Coordinates Location Name
-32.88031 27.39454 King William’s Town
-28.73226 24.76232 Kimberley
-26.23481 28.17665 Germiston
-24.75 30.01667 Ga-Sekhukhune
-25.42612 27.2243 Bojanala Platinum
-28.23982 26.12649 Lejweleputswa District Municipality
-25.71222 29.42431 Nkangala District Municipality
-24.20514 27.9787 Waterberg District Municipality
-24.82806 29.83803 Sekhukhune District Municipality
-26.24565 27.55538 West Rand District Municipality