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GIBS Proud Editorial Advisors of The ESD Handbook 2020: Business Resilience

​What a year it’s been! While the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt by most sectors of the economy, the impact on small businesses has been particularly devastating with countless shutting their doors and shedding numerous jobs. 

Recent statistics show that South Africa’s post-COVID reality is dire. With an economy that is set to shrink by 8% or more in 2020, and more than two million jobs already recorded as lost during lockdown, the need to develop micro, small and medium-sized businesses is now more important than ever before. And yet it is these businesses that have typically borne the brunt of the devastating effects of the pandemic. So how do we intensify our efforts in stimulating the growth and development of SMMEs in order to bring about an inclusive and improved economy?

This question essentially forms the crux of this year’s Enterprise and Supplier Development Handbook. Despite the challenges of 2020, we couldn’t have chosen a better year to come onboard as the publication’s content partner. The GIBS Entrepreneurship Development Academy (EDA) is a pioneering and stimulating environment for small and growing enterprises, building and regenerating entrepreneurial spirit amid a culture of innovation and social change. Read more...



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