SMME Owners Urged to Heed Finance Minister’s 2024 Budget Speech for Strategic Planning

SMME Owners Urged to Heed Finance Minister’s 2024 Budget Speech for Strategic Planning

Small, Micro, and Medium Enterprises (SMME) owners are urged to closely follow Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s upcoming 2024 National Budget Speech for insights into potential opportunities and challenges.

The budget allocation for the year will be presented to Parliament on Wednesday, 21 February, at Cape Town City Hall.

Strategic Planning and Budget Implications:

Andiswa Bata, Head of SME at FNB Commercial, emphasizes the importance of understanding the implications and opportunities outlined in the Budget Speech.

For SMMEs, strategic planning based on the budget’s insights can be crucial for navigating the operational and economic landscape in South Africa.

Non-Negotiable Importance:

Bata stresses that paying special attention to the national budget speech should be non-negotiable for SMEs.

The speech not only shapes the economic environment but also directly influences the growth and survival of small businesses.

Bata references the 2023 Budget Speech, where interventions were introduced, allowing businesses to reduce taxable income by 125% for investments in renewable energy generation projects.

Despite acknowledging the challenges in the upcoming budget, Bata expresses hope that investment spend stimulating the local economy will persist.

Expectations for 2024:

Anticipating positive outcomes, Bata highlights that zero increases in corporate tax, personal income tax, VAT, fuel levy, and the road accident fund levy in the previous year significantly alleviated cash flow pressure on businesses.

Similar outcomes in the upcoming budget would be welcomed by SMEs, considering the persisting challenges, including the energy crisis.

Government Support and Reducing Red Tape:

Bata emphasizes the need for industry-specific support from government agencies for key sectors crucial to South Africa’s economic engine.

In the face of a challenging economic environment, measures to reduce red tape are crucial.

Such initiatives can effectively cut costs, foster innovation, and accelerate both business growth and job creation.


As SMMEs brace for the 2024 National Budget Speech, the potential impacts on their operational landscape remain a critical consideration.

The awareness and strategic planning stemming from the insights provided in the budget speech can be instrumental for the growth and resilience of small businesses in the evolving economic climate.

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