The  Strategic  Partnership  Programme,  a  sub-programme  of  the Enterprise Investment Programme (EIP) is to encourage large private sector enterprises in partnership  with  government  to  support,  nurture  and  develop  SMEs  within  the partner’s supply chain or sector in order to be manufacturers of goods and suppliers of services in a sustainable manner.

The  programme  is  intended  to  support  Broad-Based  Black  Economic  Empowerment  (B-BBEE) policy through encouraging businesses to strengthen the element of Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) of the Codes of Good Practice.  

 The supported strategic-partners are expected to develop and support programmes/ interventions  aimed  at  enhancing  the  manufacturing  and  services  supply  capacity  of suppliers with linkages to strategic partner’s supply chains, industries or sectors. 

The  programme  is  made  available  on  a  cost  sharing  basis  between  the  government  and private sector strategic-partner(s) towards manufacturing projects of SMEs. 

The programme offers a cost-sharing grant to a maximum of R15 million towards the total qualifying costs, based on the number of suppliers to be supported (see Section 9.3)

The  grant  support  is  available  for  machinery  and  equipment,  infrastructure,  commercial vehicles and business development services necessary to grow  enterprises to ensure that within a period of three (3) years1, the SME’s will have developed to be self-sustainable by providing locally manufactured products and/or services relevant to the sector.

Qualifying Costs 

 The following costs are eligible for support:

  • Machinery, equipment and tools
  • Infrastructure linked to the  strategic  partner’s  supplier development initiative (owned/ leased buildings, leasehold improvements) 
  • Product or service development
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Operational costs

Investment project preparation costs (feasibility studies) will be limited to a maximum of two percent (2%) of the total approved grant amount capped to a maximum cost sharing grant of four hundred and fifty thousand rand (R450 000). 

Management  fees  including  travel  and  accommodation  expenses  for  the  strategic  partner are limited to three-percent (3%) per annum of the total approved annual grant amount.

The Strategic Partnership Programme Adjudication Committee may consider for support, any other costs related to the activities that support the strategic partnership.

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