Title: The impact of COVID-19 on small and micro-enterprises in South Africa

Authors: Mmboswobeni Watson Ladzani

Addresses: Department of Business Management, College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa, P.O. Box 392, Unisa, 0003, South Africa

Abstract: Small and micro-enterprises cannot be wished away. This became more clear in the fight for survival during the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of this pandemic on small and micro-enterprises has challenged both government and the private sector to rethink their approaches to support these enterprises. The study was aimed at examining the impact of COVID-19 on small and micro-enterprises in South Africa. A desk research design was used to collect the data. The discussion included the government's response to address the pandemic's impact on small and micro-enterprises. The plight of small business practitioners, as a consequence of the lockdown, are also reported on in the findings of the study. Recommendations of the study are to revisit the regulatory environment that should enable small businesses to thrive, strengthen skills development, and speed up the transfer of knowledge of the digital economy to small and micro-enterprise practitioners.

Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic; lockdown; small and micro-enterprises; South Africa.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGENVI.2021.10043162

International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 2022 Vol.21 No.1, pp.23 - 38

Received: 20 Dec 2020
Accepted: 30 Sep 2021

Published online: 11 May 2022 *

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