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SPECIAL ISSUE CALL FOR PAPERS

2020-10-14

South African SMMEs have been adversely affected by the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The country, before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was already in a downward economic spiral; the lockdown exacerbated the financial challenges faced by the country and its people. Recent surveys of entrepreneurs across country indicate that 86% of SMMEs do not know where to go to access government COVID-19 relief funding. The survey further reveals that 87% of SMMEs are unable to run their businesses from home and, therefore, cannot support themselves and their families during the lockdown period. Given that SMMEs are a key part of the country’s plan to rebuild and accelerate economic growth, the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses needs to be considered within the context of support, recovery and revitalisation strategies.

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