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SMMEs, co-operatives, informal traders and hawkers are invited to apply for funding in an endeavour to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their respective businesses within the North West Province.

The North West Covid-19 Relief Fund was established by the Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT) and will be managed by the provincial economic development entity, the North West Development Corporation (NWDC).

The relief measures offered by the North West Covid-19 Relief Fund will assist in sustaining provincial enterprises during this economic crisis by working at reducing the impact of the COVID-19 shutdown on their businesses.

“Small businesses and informal traders play an important role in the growth and development of the provincial economy, and as such we developed these relief measures to enhance the sustainability of small businesses and informal traders to ensure retention of jobs”, said MEC of DEDECT, Kenetswe Mosenogi.

Eligible applicants will be able to apply for funding ranging from R1000.00 to R100 000.00 (One thousand to one hundred thousand Rands).

Applications for the North West Province COVID-19 Relief Fund will be made available on the NWDC and DEDECT websites  on 1 June 2020.

Considering that every business is unique, each application will be evaluated on a case by case basis, depending on the availability of funds.

A broad outline of the type of assistance the North West Covid-19 Relief Fund will offer includes:

Formal Business (SMME) COVID-19 Relief Interventions (CIPC registered)

  • Stock Relief Intervention
  • Rental and Municipal Bills Relief Intervention
  • Income Relief Intervention

Informal Business COVID-19 Relief Interventions (Business not registered on CIPC)

  • Income Relief Intervention
  • Stock Relief Intervention
  • Rental Relief Intervention, (e.g. hairdressers renting workstations)

Application criteria
To be able to apply for the North West COVID-19 Relief Fund, applicants need to meet a number of basic requirements, where applicable to their type of business.

Informal business (Business not registered)
1. Identity Document
2. Proof of Trading for 12 months in the North West Province (Affidavit/letter from Tribal Authority)

Formal business (CIPC registered business)
1. Proof that the business is negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (Such as four months bank statements (January – April), copies of municipal bills, rental bills, stock purchase receipts etc.)
2. Copy of identity documents of business owners (certified)
3. Proof of Trading for 12 months in the North West Province (Affidavit/letter from Tribal Authority)
4. SARS compliance documents


Links to access the online registration and application portal will be made available in the Covid-19 Relief Fund portal on the NWDC website on Monday, 1 June 2020.


The closing date for NWDC Tender MMA 001\2020  (Development of Itoseng Shopping Complex) has been postponed until further notice pending the lifting of the national lockdown. A new date will be communicated then. This postponement is applicable to bidders who have attended the original, compulsory briefing session.

Download the formal notification document.





 Notice is hereby given to all prospective service providers/bidders/tenderers that the following tenders have been cancelled:




Reason for cancellation:         Tenders will be re-advertised after national lockdown has been concluded.






 The closing date for the below-listed tenders has been extended to 21 April 2020, applicable to those bidders who had attended the compulsory briefing sessions. (Download extension notification for more details & closing times)



The NWDC invites prospective Service Providers to submit proposals for the following three separate tender opportunities:

* Provision of security services at the NWDC buildings in Garankuwa and Mabopane for a period not longer than 26 months.

* Provision of security services at the NWDC buildings in Hammanskraal, Kudube and Themba for a period not longer than 26 months.

* For investors and developers to partner with the NWDC in the development of Itsoseng Shopping Complex in the Ditsobotla Municipality.

For each of the three tender opportunities, there are compulsory briefing meetings that prospective bidders must attend.

Please refer to the downloadable documents below for the full information:

  1. Request for Proposals Advert (contains briefing dates, closing dates and evaluation criteria)
  2. Terms of Reference Document – Garankuwa security tender
  3. Terms of Reference Document – Hammanskraal security tender
  4. Terms of Reference Document  – Itsoseng Shopping Complex


Calling all registered exporters  – Do you manufacture, grow, produce or export:

  • Coal
  • Red Grapefruit
  • Ostriches
  • A4 Paper

A call for export of these products to the USA and Ghana have been included in the latest trade lead received internationally, and released by the dti.

Registered exporters who are able to supply the products listed above are encouraged to contact the NWDC’s trade office for assistance with their application.

For assistance, contact Poloko Maphula by emailing:

To access the detailed Trade Lead Bulletin documents with all the specifications:
For Coal and Grapefruit , click here.
For Ostriches and A4 Paper, click here


Exporters are kindly requested to respond to trade inquiries if they meet the criteria specified below:

1. South African manufacturer registered as an exporter with Customs (South African Revenue Services).

2. Export ready South African Exporter.

3. Have the capacity, resources and funds to supply the market where the lead originated from.

4. Manufacturing / exporting the exact product requested by the importer.

5. Capacity to supply the quantity requested.

If your company meets the above-mentioned criteria and is interested in supplying the product/service, please complete the Reply Form and return it to the dti and NWDC as per the email addresses supplied on the reply form.

The North West Development Corporation in its capacity as the provincial economic development agency, engaged in a partnership with the National Department of Small Business (DSB) to provide support to small businesses through the establishment of a provincial hotline that will aid the national hotline.

The NWDC will be assisting in fielding national calls for the SMME Debt Relief Finance Scheme and Business Growth/Resilience Facility as well as two other programmes

Calls received at the centralised national call centre will be relayed to trained staff from the NWDC’s Small Business Development Unit. This will be done to expand the capacity of the call centre to assist applicants with their queries.

Applicants for the available financial relief programmes can reach the call centre on 0860 663 7867.

The call centre is operational and will be open for calls on business days between 08:00 and 16:30

Applicants are encouraged to exercise patience when calling the line, as a high volume of calls is expected in the first few weeks.

The available programmes that will be supported by the call centre are:

  1. SMME Relief Finance
  2. Business Growth Facility
  3. Restructuring of SEFA-funded SMMEs
  4. UIF Payroll Fund.

(Download the pdf to view the addendum containing the full specifications and requirements for each)

For SMMEs to be eligible for assistance under the debt relief fund, the applicant must demonstrate the direct link of the impact or the potential impact of Covid-19 on business operations.

This facility will also assist entities to acquire raw material, pay labour and operational costs. All these interventions will be structured to match the patterns of the SMMEs cash flows, as well as the extent of the impact suffered.

The application process in brief summary:

  1. Register as a first step on
  2. Receive a confirmation sms ( takes 1 -2 days)
  3. Complete the online application form (needs the reference number obtained from completing step 1 & 2) – Access the application forms here:
  4. Upload required supporting documents

SMMEs may also visit the information portal on for a collection of downloadable documents on support funds and other related applications.

The North West Development Corporation is a provincial entity under the Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT)





In response to the adverse economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown is having on South African businesses, a number of interventions have been announced by various role-players, from the National Department of Small Business to banks and SARS.

This page is to serve as an information portal where all official government documents are made available for download to assist small business owners to review qualifying criteria and apply for assistance.

A Spaza Support Scheme has also been launched. Nedbank branches countrywide are ready to assist Spaza owners with the registration process. (see list below for downloadable Spaza Support Scheme documents)


Downloadable documents: (Documents are added as they become available)


Summary Table: SA Relief Funding/Loan Packages Offered

Media Statement on Government Interventions for SMMEs by DSB

Debt Relief Finance Scheme & Business Growth/Resilience Facility

Access the application forms here:

UIF – Easy Aide Guide for Employers

Guideline for Permit to Perform Essential Services

NWDC Summary of All Available Relief Interventions (collated from sources)

Agriculture Support Fund for Smallholder & Communal Farmers

DSB – Government Gazette – SMME Grocery Stores, 6 April 2020

COVID-19 – Updated Regulations Gazetted 16 April 2020

NYDA – Youth Micro Enterprise Relief Fund

Further Economic & Social Measures – President announcement 21 April 2020

Risk-adjusted strategy for Economic Activity – announced 23 April 2020

Level 4 – Draft Framework for Sectors – Permitted Goods, Services & Movement – 25 April 2020

Risk-Adjusted Strategy Regulations – GAZETTED – 29 April 2020


(Register via your local Nedbank Branch)



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