Three years ago three business organisations — Business Unity SA, Business Leadership SA and the Small Business Institute — ran a successful campaign aimed at encouraging large businesses to settle invoices owed to small business suppliers in a timely manner. The call was also endorsed by the CEO Initiative.

The campaign, launched in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, resulted in an unprecedented public pledge by more than 50 JSE-listed companies to pay small business suppliers within 30 days, in line with decades-long government policy. ..

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