The Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SOC) Limited (sefa) provides financial products and services to qualifying SMMEs and Co-operatives, as defined in the National Small Business Act of 1996 and amended in 2004, through a hybrid of wholesale and direct lending channels within the following sectors:
The agency is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Industrial Development Corporation Limited (IDC) and was founded on 1 April 2012 – in terms of Section 3 (d) of the Industrial Development Corporation Act, No. 22 of 1940 (IDC Act) – following a cabinet decision and the 2011 State of the Nation Address to merge the three agencies: Khula, the South African Micro-Finance Apex Fund and the IDC’s small business funding into a single entity.
The Department of Small Business Development is sefa's executive authority.
sefa’s core function is to foster the establishment, development and growth of SMMEs and Co-operatives, and to contribute towards poverty alleviation, job creation and economic growth.
Our task is to provide SMMEs and Co-operatives throughout South Africa with simple access to finance in an efficient and sustainable manner, by:
sefa partners with businesses it assist; creating partnerships is an important element of sustainable development strategy.
It enables the agency to provide financial and business support to numerous small, medium, micro and co-operative enterprises throughout the country, either to establish new enterprises or to grow existing ones.
Small enterprises can also access sefa’s products through any of its intermediary or partnership channels such as:
SMMEs and Co-operatives can get credit facilities from R500 up to R5-million when applying through any of sefa’s intermediaries or partnerships.
For direct loans of R50 000 up to R5-million, SMMEs and Co-operatives can access this through regional offices, sefa co-location offices, branches and satellite offices nationally.
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