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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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