The Democratic Alliance (DA) has launched a platform to assist small businesses that are struggling to get money owed to them by municipalities for service rendered.
“Small businesses are the heroes of job creation in South Africa. Everything possible should be done to ensure they survive and thrive. Yet, as if government’s stifling regulatory regime and its extended lockdown have not already killed many and brought thousands more to their knees, government is also notorious for making them wait much longer than the agreed 30 days for payment,” the DA says.
Small businesses can now submit details of overdue invoices on this platform and DA Shadow deputy minister of Small Business Development, Henro Kruger MP, will deal with every submission.
“In failing to pay on time, government departments put not just the survival of small business service providers at risk, but also the livelihoods of the millions of people they employ and the well-being of their families. Late payment of small businesses is simply unacceptable, even more so when most small businesses are in such a precarious position. At over 10 million jobless people, unemployment was already sky-high before the government imposed an extended lockdown. Millions more have now lost their jobs or risk losing their jobs. Only a government that does not care about the “little guy” would pay invoices late, amidst this social devastation. The DA recognises the importance of small businesses in our economy and society and we are keen to do whatever we can to help them survive and thrive.”
Small businesses are invited to make use of this free service in order to resolve late payment problems.
Visit the portal https://www.da.org.za/campaigns/pay-us-on-time.