In the rich layer of data produced by SBP’s SME Growth Index a relief of the underlying
structure of the South African economy is clearly visible, and it does not look good for
the development of established small and medium enterprises, and consequently for
The picture that emerges is of a landscape inhabited by lumbering giants – corporates,
parastatals and conglomerates – that can easily squash any smaller species that do not
find a way of hanging on and moving with them.