National Small Business Amendment Act

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National Small Business Amendment Act [No. 29 of 2004]


Government Gazette
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

Vol. 474 Cape Town 15 December 2004 No. 27101
THE PRESIDENCY No. 1459 15 December 2004
It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act, which is hereby published for general information:–
No. 29 of 2004: National Small Business Amendment Act, 2004.

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GENERAL EXPLANATORY NOTE:
I Words in bold type in square brackets indicate omissions from existing enactments. Words underlined with a solid line indicate insertions in existing enactments.
. - - .. (English text signed by the President.) . . (Assented to I1 December 2004.)
ACT To amend the National Small Business Act, 1996, so as to repeal all provisions pertaining to Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency; to provide for the establish- ment of the Small Enterprise Development Agency; to make provision for the incorporation of the Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency, the National Manufac- turing Advisory Centre and any other designated institution into the Agency to be established; to provide for the necessary transitional arrangements to this effect; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
B fol1ows:- E IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as Amendment of section 1 of Act 102 of 1996, as amended by section 1 of Act 26 of 2003
1. Section 1 of the National Small Business Act, 1996 (hereinafter referred to as the 5 principal Act), is hereby amended-
(a) by the substitution for the definition of “Agency” of the following definition: “ ‘Agency’ means the [Ntsika] Enterprise [Promotion] Develop- ment Agency established by section 9;”;
(b) by the substitution for the definition of “Chief Executive Officer” of the 10 following definition:
“ ‘Chief Executive Officer’ means the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency appointed [as contemplated] in terms of section [ll(l)(b)] 13H;”;
(c) by t h z l e t i o n of the definition of “constitution of the Agency;”; 15 (d) by the insertion after the definition of “National Small Business Support
Strategy” of the following definition: “ ‘Ntsika’ means the Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency established by the National Small Business Act, 1996 (Act No. 102 of 1996), and
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incorporated in terms of section 17 of this Act;”: the substitution for the definition of “small business” of the following,
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“ ‘small [business] enterprise’ means a separate and distinct business entity, together with its branches or subsidiaries, if any, including co-operative enterprises [and non-governmental organisations], man- 25 aged by one owner or more [which, including its branches or subsidiaries, if any, is] predominantly carried on in any sector or subsector of the economy mentioned in column 1 of the Schedule and
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[which can be] classified as a micro-, a very small, a small or a medium enterprise by satisfying the criteria mentioned in columns 3, 4 and 5 of the Schedule [opposite the smallest relevant size or class as mentioned in column 2 of the Schedule];”;
(jj by the substitution for the definition of “small business organisation” of the
“ ‘small [business] enterprise organisation’ means any entity, whether or not incorporated or registered under any law, [which consists] consisting mainly of persons carrying on small [business] enterprise concerns in any economic sector[, or which has been] established for the purpose of promoting the interests of or representing small [business] enterprise concerns, and includes any federation consisting wholly or partly of such association, and [also] any branch of such organisation;”; and
(g) by the insertion after the definition of “this Act” of the following definition: “ “Itust’ means the National Manufacturing Advisory Centre Trust, incorporated into the Agency in terms of section 17 of this Act.”.
following definition:
Substitution of Chapter 3 of Act 102 of 1996
2. The following Chapter is hereby substituted for Chapter 3 of the principal Act:
“CHAPTER 3
Small Enterprise Development Agency
Establishment of Small Enterprise Development Agency
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9. (1) The Small Enterprise Development Agency is hereby established
(2 ) The Public Finance Management Act, 1999 (Act No. 1 of 1999),
(3) The Agency acts through its Board.
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applies to the Agency.
Objectives of Agency
9A. The objectives of the Agency are t o - (a) design and implement development support programmes; (b) promote a service delivery network that increases the contribution of
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small enterprises to the South African economy, and promotes economic growth, job creation and equity; and
(cJ generally, strengthen the capacity of- (i) service providers to support small enterprises; and
(ii) small enterprises to compete successfully domestically and 35
internationally.
Functions of Agency
10. (1) The Agency must- fa) implement the policy of the national government for small enterprise - - -
development; (b) design and implement a standard national delivery network that must
uniformly apply throughout the Republic in respect of small enterprise development, integrating all government-funded small enterprise support agencies across all spheres of government;
(c) design and implement small enterprise development support, programmes in order to-
(i) facilitate the building of sustainable and competitive enter-
(ii) facilitate the promotion of entrepreneurship; (iii) facilitate the creation of an enabling operating environment for
(iv) facilitate access by small enterprises to non-financial re-
prises;
small enterprises;
sources, capacity-building services, products and services;
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(v) facilitate international and national market access for products and services of small enterprises;
(vi) facilitate, develop, co-ordinate and foster partnerships across all spheres of government, the private sector and relevant stakeholders that may assist the Agency to achieve its objectives;
(vii) promote a service delivery network to facilitate access and outreach to development support for small enterprises;
(viii) facilitate and co-ordinate research relating to small enterprise support programmes;
(ix) provide advice, information, analysis and support in the implementation of a Small Enterprise Development Policy;
(x) at the request of the Director-General, investigate, advise on and comment on the effect of existing and proposed legislation on small enterprises and to report to the Director-General thereon; and
(xi) improve the understanding of the public regarding the contri- bution of small enterprises to domestic economic growth, job creation and general welfare;
(d) establish provincial structures to ensure the effective implementation of its functions as defined in this section.
(2) The Agency may- (a) institute and conduct civil proceedings in all matters relating to its
(b) enter into contracts; (c) acquire, hold and dispose of assets; (d) let or hire any plant, machinery, equipment or goods of the Agency not
immediately required for the purposes of the Agency; ( e ) invest money not immediately required for the purposes of the Agency
in any manner that is consistent with sound commercial practice; cf) do all that is necessary and convenient to be done for or in connection
with the performance of its functions.
functions;
Constitution of Board and appointment of members of Board
11. (1) The Board must ensure that the functions of the Agency are performed and that in so doing the objectives of the Agency are achieved.
(2) The Minister must appoint the non-executive members of the Board. (3) For the purpose of the appointment of the members of the Board
referred to in subsection (2), the Minister must, through the media and by notice in the Gazette, invite nominations of persons as candidates for such appointment.
(4) In appointing the members of the Board, the Minister must ensure that the Board represents a broad cross-section of the population of South Africa and comprises persons who reflect the South African society with special attention to race, gender, disability, geographical spread and organisations based in rural areas.
(5) The Board consists of not less than seven and not more than 15 members of whom- (a) one must be a non-executive Chairperson; (b) one must be a Deputy Chairperson; and (c) the Chief Executive Officer, by virtue of his or her office, must be an
executive director. (6) The Board must include-
(a) members who have experience in business; (6) members who on account of their training or experience-
(i) are knowledgeable about trade, industry, finance or th?
(ii) have legal knowledge; (iii) are knowledgeable in the management of a small enterprise.
economy;
(7) The Minister may prescribe any other criteria in respect of the
(8) All members of the Board other than the Chief Executive Officer are appointment of members.
appointed as part-time members.
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Terms of office of non-executive members of Board
12. (1) A non-executive member of the Board- (a) holds office for a period of three years which the Minister may extend
for further periods of three years each or such shorter periods as the Minister may determine;
(b) serves on the terms and conditions determined by the Minister and specified in the letter of appointment of the member; and
(c) may resign by giving three months’ written notice to the Minister or as stipulated in the letter of appointment.
(2) If a member of the Board dies, resigns or h s or her appointment is terminated in terms of section 13C before the expiration of the period for which he or she was appointed, the Minister may, subject to the provisions of section ll(2) and (4), appoint a person to fill the vacancy for the unexpired portion of the period for which such member was appointed.
Remuneration and allowances of members of Board
13. (1) The Minister must, with the concurrence of the Minister of Finance, determine the remuneration and allowances of members of the 1 Board.
(2) Members referred to in subsection (1) who are in the service of the State may not receive additional remuneration or allowances for serving on the Board, but may be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of their functions in terms of this Act.
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Conflict of interest
13A. (1) A member may not engage in any paid employment or any other activity that conflicts with the proper performance of his or her functions as a member.
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(2) A member who has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest or any other interest in a matter being considered by the Board must, without delay after the relevant facts have come to the member’s knowledge, disclose the nature of the interest at a meeting of the Board. 30
(3) A disclosure in terms of subsection (2) must be recorded in the minutes of the meeting and the member may not, unless the Board otherwise determines- (a) be present during any deliberation of the Board with regard to that
matter; or 35 [b) take p&t in any decision of the Board with regard to that matter.
Resignation of members of Board
13B. A member may resign from the Board by notice, in writing, to the Minister.
Termination of appointment of members of Board
13C. (1) The Minister may, in consultation with the Board, terminate the appointment of a member- (a) for misconduct; (b) whose estate is sequestrated or where he or she has entered into a
(c) who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with section 13A; (d) where the performance of the member has been unsatisfactory or
ineffective for a significant period of time; (e) who has been convicted of an offence of which dishonesty is an
element, and sentenced to imprisonment without option of a fine; 0 if he or she becomes impaired to the extent that he or she is unable to
cany out his or her duties as a member of the Board; or
composition with his or her creditors; I ,
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(g) if a member of the Board fails to attend three consecutive meetings of the Board without having a valid explanation for his or her failure to do so.
(2) If the performance of the Board has been unsatisfactory or ineffective for a significant period of time, the Minister may terminate the appointment of all members.
Meetings of Board
13D. (1) The Board must hold at least six meetings per year. (2) The Chairperson-
(a) may convene a special meeting of the Board; and (b) must convene such a meeting within 14 days of receipt of a written
request signed by at least one third of the members of the Board. (3) The Minister may request a meeting with the Board at any time
(4) The Chairperson presides at all meetings at which he or she is present. (5) Where the Chairperson is not present at a meeting the Deputy
Chairperson presides or, if the Deputy Chairperson is not present, the members present must appoint from amongst themselves a member to preside at the meeting.
should a need arise.
(6) At a meeting, two thirds of the members constitute a quorum. (7) A decision of the majority of the members present at any meeting
constitutes a decision of the Board and in the event of an equality of votes, the Chairperson must have a casting vote in addition to his or her deliberative vote.
(8) A decision taken by the Board or an act performed under that decision is not invalid merely by reason of- (a) any irregularity in the appointment of a member; (6) a vacancy on the Board; or (c) the fact that any person, not entitled to sit as a member, sat at a meeting
Provided that such decision was taken by a majority of the Board members present at the time and entitled to sit, and those members at the time constituted a quorum.
at the time when the decision was taken:
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Conduct of meetings
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(2) Minutes of proceedings of every meeting of the Board must be
(3) Minutes of the proceedings of each meeting must be submitted at the
its business at meetings.
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next meeting of the Board and, if passed as correct, must be confirmed by 40 the signature of the Chairperson.
(4) The Chief Executive Officer must, at the request of the Board, attend a meeting of the Board, but the Chief Executive Officer is not entitled to vote.
(a) permit members to participate in a particular meeting by telephone, closed-circuit television or any other means of communication, and a member who so participates is regarded as being present at the meeting;
(b) invite a person to attend a meeting for the purpose of advising or 50 informing it on any matter.
(6) The Board must at least once a year hold consultative meetings with '
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stakeholders, beneficiaries and provincial representatives to discuss the' activities and performance of the Agency.
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Resolution without meeting
13F. (1) Where the Board so determines, a resolution is regarded to have been passed at a meeting of the Board if, without meeting, two thirds or more members indicate agreement in accordance with a procedure previously determined by the Board.
(2) Such a resolution is regarded to have been adopted on a day determined in accordance with the procedure contemplated in subsection !a Directives issued by Minister
136. (1) The Minister may give the Board written directives regarding 10 the performance of its functions.
(2) The directives contemplated in subsection (1) may not be inconsistent with this Act.
Chief Executive Officer
13H. (1) The Minister must, on the recommendation of the Board, appoint a Chief Executive Officer.
(2) Subject to this chapter, a person appointed in terms of subsection (1) holds office for a period not exceeding five years as specified in the letter of appointment, and is eligible for reappointment.
(3) The Chief Executive Officer holds office on such terms and conditions including remuneration and allowances as the Minister, in consultation with the Minister of Finance and on the recommendation of the Board, may determine in writing. (4) The Chief Executive Officer manages the Agency subject to the
control and directions of the Board. (5 ) Anything done in the name of, or on behalf of, the Agency by the
Chief Executive Officer is regarded as having been done by the Agency, provided such actions are lawful and in accordance with the directions of the Board.
(6) The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for the management of the staff of the Agency.
(7) The Chief Executive Officer may delegate any power or assign any duty to an employee of the Agency, including a power delegated to him or her or a duty assigned to him or her by the Board unless the Board in its wiitten delegation or assignment to the Chief Executive Officer expressly prohibits such further delegation or assignment.
(8) A delegation or assignment in terms of subsection (7) does not prevent the Chief Executive Officer from exercising the delegated power or performing the assigned duty.
(9) The Chief Executive Officer may withdraw or amend a delegation or assignment made by him or her.
(lo) The Chief Executive Officer may, on behalf of the Agency, arrange with a State authority or another body- (a) for the services of officers or employees of the State or the other body
(b) for the services of an officer to be made available for the purposes of
( 11) A Chief Executive Officer may not engage in any paid employment outside the functions of the office without prior approval of the Board.
(12) The Chief Executive Officer may resign by notiee in writing to the Minister and on the acceptance of such resignation the Chief Executive; Officer ceases to be a member of the Board or any other body on which he or she represented the Agency.
(1 3) If the Chief Executive officer dies, resigns or is relieved from office before the expiration of the period for which he or she was appointed, the Minister may, on recommendation by the Board, appoint a person to fill the vacancy for the unexpired portion of the period for which he or she was appointed.
to be made available for the purposes of the Agency; or
the State or any other body.
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Staff of Agency
14. (1) The Chief Executive Officer may, on such terms and conditions as the Board may determine, appoint staff of the Agency to enable the Agency to perform its functions.
of its funds such remuneration, allowances, subsidies and other benefits as the Minister may, in consultation with the Minister of Finance, determine.
(3) Despite anything to the contrary in any law contained, the Chief Executive Officer may, in accordance with an agreement between the Department of Trade and Industry and the Agency, transfer permanently to 10 the Agency any person who is an officer or employee of the Department of Trade and Industry in terms of the Public Service Act, 1994 (Proclamation No. 103 of 1994), with the concurrence of such person.
(4) The Chief Executive Officer must, before acting in terms of
(2) The Agency must pay the Chief Executive Officer and employees out 5
subsection (2) or (3). obtain the Minister’s approval.
Finances of Agency
15. (1) The funds of the Agency consist of- (a) money appropriated by Parliament; (b) grants, donations and bequests made to the Agency; (c) money lawfully obtained by the Agency from any other source.
(2) All monies received by the Agency must be deposited into a banking account in the name of the Agency with a bank established under the Banks Act, 1990 (Act No. 94 of 1990), or a mutual bank established under the Mutual Banks Act, 1993 (Act No. 124 of 1993).
(3) The Board may, up to an amount approved from time to time by the Minister in consultation with the Minister of Finance, raise short-term loans at any time by way of overdrawing its account with a bank or otherwise, to meet any casual deficits that may arise.
(4) The financial year of the Agency begins on 1 April and ends on 31 March of the following year.
(5) The Chief Executive Oflicer is the accounting officer of the Agency.
Business plan
16. (1) The Agency must, at least 90 days before the beginning of each
(2) The business plan must- financial year, prepare a business plan to be approved by the Minister.
(a) include a statement setting out the short and medium term operational and business objectives of the Agency for at least five years;
(b) outline the strategies and policies that the authority intends to adopt in order to achieve its objectives;
(c) include an operational plan, a financial plan, a human resources and performance management plan as well as performance indicators for purposes of monitoring and evaluation; and
(d) include a report on the consultation contemplated in section 13E(6) and the recommendations resulting from such consultations.
(3) The financial plan must include estimates of expenditure and revenue
(4) The Agency may, with the approval of the Minister, amend the
(5) The approval of the Minister contemdated in subsection (1) or (4)
for the following financial year.
business plan.
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16A. (1) A person may not- (a ) conduct his or her or its affairs or business or carry on his or her or its
(b) be registered or licensed under any law; or (c ) falsely claim to be acting on behalf of the Agency,
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under a name containing the words “Small Enterprise Development Agency”, the translation thereof in any other official language, or the abbreviation, “SEDA”, thereof.
(2) Any person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine or imprisonment for a period not exceeding five years, or to both a fine and such imprisonment.
Designated institutions
Agency, to be incorporated into the Agency. (2) Whenever the Minister acts in terms of subsection (I), he or she must.
with the approval of the Minister of Finance, enter into an agreement with the executive authority of the designated institution contemplated in subsection ( 1 ) to ensure that the assets, liabilities, rights and obligations of the designated institution in question, including the unexpended balance of appropriations, authorisations, allocations and other funds employed, held or used in connection with the furtherance of the objectives and functions of such designated institution, pass to the Agency.
(3) The Minister must, through the media and by notice in the Gazette, publish his or her intention to designate an institution contemplated in subsection (1) . (4) Prior to entering into an agreement contemplated in subsection (2) the
Minister must consult with all the relevant stakeholders. (5) After the conclusion of an agreement in terms of subsection (1)
anything done by or on behalf of the designated institution contemplated in subsection (1) is deemed to have been done by the Agency.
(6) A person employed by the designated institution contemplated in subsection (1) must immediately after the conclusion of an agreement referred to in subsection (2) be transferred to the Agency in accordance with the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995), and any applicable collective bargaining agreement with organised labour.
(7) The remuneration and other terms and conditions of service of a person transferred in terms of subsection (6) may not be less favourable than the remuneration, terms and conditions applicable to that person immediately before his or her transfer and he or she remains entitled to all rights, benefits, including pension benefits, and privileges to which he or she was entitled immediately before such transfer.
(8) A person transferred to the Agency in terms of subsection (6) remains subject to any decisions, proceedings, rulings and directions applicable to that person immediately before his or her transfer to the extent that they remain applicable.
(9) Any proceedings against such person which were pending immedi- ately before his or her transfer must be disposed of as if that person had not been transferred.
(10) For the purposes of the Income Tax Act, 1962 (Act No. 58 of 1962), no change of employer must be regarded as having taken place when a person contemplated in subsection (6) takes up employment at the Agency.
(11) As soon as practical after the conclusion of the agreement contemplated in subsection (2)- (a) the executive authority of the designated institution in question must
take all steps necessary to liquidate the institution; (b) the Registrar of Companies, the Master of the High Court or any other
applicable regulatory body must deregister the institution in question: and
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(c) the Registrar of Deeds must make the necessary entries and endorsements on any register or document in the registration office, or documents submitted to that Registrar.
(12) Transfer duties, stamp duties, fees or taxes need not be paid for the purposes of subsection (1 1).
(13) Any litigation resulting from a cause of action in relation to the assets, rights, obligations or liabilities transferred to the Agency in terms of subsection (2) which arose- (a) before the transfer date must be conducted by or against the designated
(b) on, or after, the transfer date must be conducted by or against the institution in question; and
Agency.
Transitional Provisions
Incorporation of institutions
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Appointment of provisional Chief Executive Officer
17A. The Minister may, for the purposes of setting up the Agency, appoint a provisional Chief Executive Officer without any recommendation by the Board on such terms and conditions, including remuneration and allowances, as the Minister may determine in writing. 20
'bansfer of staff
17B. (1) A person who is employed by Ntsika or the Trust immediately before the commencement of this Act must be transferred to the Agency in accordance with the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995), and any applicable collective bargaining agreement with organised labour.
(2) The remuneration and other terms and conditions of service of a person transferred in terms of subsection (1) may not be less favourable than the remuneration, terms and conditions applicable to that person immediately before his or her transfer and he or she remains entitled to all rights, benefits, including pension benefits, and privileges to which he or she was entitled immediately before such transfer.
(3) A person transferred to the Agency in terms of subsection (1) remains subject to any decisions, proceedings, rulings and directions applicable to that person immediately before his or her transfer to tlie extent that they remain applicable. (4) Any proceedings against such person which were pending immedi-
ately before his or her transfer must be disposed of as if that person had not been transferred.
(5) For the purposes of the Income Tax Act, 1962 (Act No. 58 of 1962), no change of employer must be regarded as having taken place when a person contemplated in subsection (1) takes up employment at the Agency.
Assets, liabilities and funds
17C. (1) (a) On the date of commencement of this Act- (i) all assets, liabilities, rights and obligations of Ntsika, including the
unexpended balance of appropriations, authorisations, allocations and other funds employed, held or used in connection with the furtherance of its objectives and functions, pass to the Agency;
(ii) anything done by or on behalf of Ntsika is deemed to have been done by the Agency, subject to this Act.
(b) The Director-General must, in writing, as soon as practical after the coming into operation of this Act, notify the Board of Ntsika and the Registrar of Deeds of the provisions of this section.
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(i) the Board of Ntsika must take all steps necessary to liquidate Ntsika; and
(ii) the Registrar of Deeds must make the necessary entries and endorsements on any register or document in the registration office, or documents submitted to that Registrar.
(2) Transfer duties, stamp duties, fees or taxes need not be paid for the purposes of subsection (1).
(3) (a) As soon as practical after the coming into operation of this Act, the Minister must enter into an agreement with the Trustees of the Trust to ensure that all assets, liabilities, rights and obligations of the Trust, including the unexpended balance of appropriations, authorisations, allocations and other funds employed, held or used in connection with the furtherance of its objectives and functions, pass to the Agency.
(b) Anything done after the conclusion of the agreement contemplated in paragraph (a) by or on behalf of the Trust is deemed to have been done by the Agency, subject to this Act.
(c) As soon as practical after the conclusion of the agreement contemplated in paragraph (a)- (i) the Trustees of the Trust must terminate the Trust;
(ii) the Master of the High Court must deregister the Trust; and (iii) the Registrar of Deeds must make the necessary entries and
endorsements on any register or document in the registration office, or documents submitted to that Registrar.
(4) Transfer duties, stamp duties, fees or taxes need not be paid for the purposes of subsection (3).
(5) Any litigation resulting from any cause of action in relation to the assets, rights, obligations or liabilities transferred to the Agency in terms of subsection (1) or (3) which arose- (a) before the transfer date must be conducted by or against the
(b) on or after the transfer date must be conducted by or against the incorporated institution in question; and
Agency. ” . Amendment of section 20 of Act 102 of 1996
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3. Section 20 of the principal Act is hereby amended by- (a) the insertion of the following paragraph after paragraph (a): 35
“(aA) (i) the manner in which an institution may be incorporated into the Agency;
(ii) the criteria for appointment of members of the Board; (iii) the design and implementation of small enterprise financial
support programmes in order tc- (aa) facilitate access to finance by small enterprises and small
enterprise organisations; (bb) facilitate access to finance by service Droviders to small
enterprises and small enterprise organisations;”; and (b) the substitution for paragraph (b) of the following paragraph: 45
“(b) generally, any other ancillary or incidental administrative or procedural matter which may be necessary or expedient to prescribe Tin order to achieve the objects of this Act] fo; the proper implementation or administration of this Act.”.
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4. The following long title is hereby substituted for the long title of the principal Act: “To provide for the establishment of the Advisory Body and the [Ntsika] Small Enterprise [Promotion] Development Agency; to provide guidelines for organs of state in order to promote small business in the Republic; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.”. 55
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Substitution of short title of Act 102 of 1996
“22. This Act is called the National Small [Business] Enterprise Act, 1996, and comes into operation on a date fixed by the President by proclamation 5 in the Gazette.”.
Substitution of expression in Act 102 of 1996
6. The principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for the expression “small business”, wherever it occurs, of the expression “small enterprise”.
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7. This Act is called the National Small Business Amendment Act, 2004.