Recently the Small Business Institute was part of a business delegation consulted by the government about a reconfigured cabinet. Our approach to the question centred on two tenets: First, that the cabinet should be designed to prioritise growth and job creation as a national project, conducted by a modern, competent state in partnership with the private sector for the next 10 years. Second, that to create the quantum of jobs needed to ensure inclusivity and transformation and to fulfil the vision of the National Planning Commission, small and medium-size enterprises must be at the forefront of our national project. Formal, job-providing small businesses make up 98.5% of the formal business community in our economy, yet this significant segment has been siloed and is continually mischaracterised as an economic sector. Instead, it is our economy. To ensure policymakers, legislators, regulators and big businesses all "think small first", we propose that the Policy Co-ordination and Ad...

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