Building capacity in the SMME sector

Business Skills for South Africa

Training Programmes

The three market segments BSSA focuses on are:

  • owner-managers of enterprises of various sizes and stages of development
  • business advisers to SMMEs
  • professional staff of SMME support organisations.

To access one of BSSA's current courses, click here.



BSSA Core Programme: (aligned to the unit standards of the New Venture Creation qualification - NQF Level 4)

This programme focuses on business growth and expansion. Each programme consists of number of modules which can be done separately.


  • Practical Marketing (2 days)
  • Personal Selling Skills (1 day)
  • Advertising and Promotion (2 days)
  • Customer Care (1 day)

Financial Management

  • Practical Pricing and Costing (2 days)
  • Effective Financial Management (3 days)
  • Bookkeeping (2 days)
  • Effective Purchasing Skills (1 day)
  • Understanding VAT (1 day)
  • Understanding Income Tax (1 day)

General Management

  • Your Approach Towards Business (1 day)
  • Effective Management (1 day)
  • Practical Negotiating Skills (1 day)
  • Your Business Plan (5 days)
  • Practical Tendering Skills (3 days)
  • Project Management (2 days)

ProNet: (NQF Level 4)

This is a business management programme for SMMEs in the manufacturing sector. It was developed in conjunction with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Each module is usually offered over 1 week.

  • Manufacturing Health Check
  • Quality Management
  • Production Management
  • Resource Management
  • Product Development
  • Information Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Cost and Financial Management

Specialist Courses 

  • Franchise Awareness (1 day)
  • HIV/AIDS as a Business Issue (1 day)
  • Business Ethics (1 day)
  • Export Readiness (2 days)
  • Doing Business with Government (3 days)



PROCESS: (aligned to the unit standards of the Business Adviser qualification - NQF Level 5)

This programme covers the theory and practice of business advising. It was developed in conjunction with GIZ. Each module is usually offered over 1 week.

  • Business Planning
  • Business Appraisal
  • Market Analysis
  • Technical Analysis
  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Advising
  • Business Monitoring and Rehabilitation

Build a Better Business (BBB)

This programme is designed to train advisers in the use of the diagnostic tools listed below, which together make up the BBB Toolkit. The programme is offered over 5 days.

  • Tips for Effective Management
  • Preparing for the Assignment
  • Overview Health Check
  • Interpretation of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats
  • Critical Issue Determinants



  • Project Management for Community-based Organisations (2 days)
  • Business Plan for Community-based Organisations (5 days)
  • Practical Financial Management for Community-based Organisations (3 days)

To access one of BSSA's current courses, click here.

Upcoming Courses

Want to be a business adviser?

If your goal is to become a business adviser and support professional, BSSA has just the right programme for you.

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Enterprise Development

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Enterprise development is one of the seven elements of Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and carries 15 points on the BBBEE score card. Offering training to small enterprises has been BSSA’s core business since 1992.

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