Strategic Partnership Programme Duration Extension

Effective Date: 31 March 2019

This is an urgent notice on the extension of the implementation date of the Strategic Partnership Programme (SPP) beyond the 31st of March 2019 until the revised programme is launched.

The process for receiving new applications and payment of claims will continue as normal and it is open until the revised programme guidelines are finalised and launched.

The dti summarised the programme:

The SPP is a sub-programme of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) Enterprise Investment Programme (EIP).

It encourages large private-sector enterprises to support, nurture and develop the capacity of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within their supply chain to enable them to manufacture goods and supply services in a sustainable manner.

The SPP is available on a cost-sharing basis, with the grant approval capped at a maximum of R15 million per financial year towards total qualifying costs, based on the number of qualifying suppliers to be supported.

The programme offers a cost-sharing support of 50:50 towards manufacturing projects, where the dti contributes 50% and the strategic partner 50% towards the total approved amount.

For projects that are not in the manufacturing sector, but support manufacturing-supply-chain-related services deemed strategic by the dti, the programme offers a cost-sharing support of 70:30 where the strategic partner contributes 70% and the dti 30% towards the total approved amount.

The grant support is available for machinery and equipment, infrastructure, commercial vehicles and business development services necessary to grow SMEs to ensure they will be self-sustainable within a period of three years by providing locally manufactured products and/or services relevant to their sectors.

The SPP was effective from October 2016 and was initially due to be administered for a period of three years up to 31 March 2019.