Hasani Elia Zitha
The value contribution of Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) in the economic mainstream around the globe has since gained traction from both business and private sector. The traction is centered on its power to create and expand employment opportunities, develop entrepreneurial skills and enhance market opportunities. To this end, SMMEs are regarded as the backbone of any economy and the main driver of economic growth. Although the picture of their potential in the economy is well painted, it is regrettable to realize the number of challenges that threatens their survival and growth. In South Africa, government departments, State Owned Enterprises and municipalities award contracts to SMMEs to render services, goods or works. It has been noted with great concern that there are SMMEs who fail to execute their contractual obligations due to lack of access to finance resulting resulted in them surrendering their contracts.