IFAA FORUM: The State of the Small Business Sector. A critical discussion on barriers to the development of entrepreneurial ecosystems

This online discussion forum is brought to you by IFAA and Surplus Books, featuring Jonathan Jacobs, Entrepreneur, and small business owner, and discussant Patrick Kadalie, CEO of Social Business Advisory Services.

In this critical discussion, we seek to acknowledge the crucial role SMEs play in improving the business environment at the country level and the need to involve small enterprises in more public-private collaboration and discussion. SMEs face many challenges, conventional and novel, and we have to start thinking differently about how best to help them.

Through this online discussion, IFAA aims to lay the groundwork for a larger SME Forum where thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and SMEs share their thoughts and provide feedback on the current state of SMEs and the challenges they face, and possible solutions to address these challenges.

All with an interest in this critical sector are welcome!

We will host this forum on Zoom on Thursday 23rd March 2023 at 3 pm.

To join us please register at:


Jonathan Jacobs

Jonathan is a Qualified Certified Forensic Examiner. He is currently runs and manages his own company Skylar Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd, with interests in Media, Technology, Consulting, Hospitality, Green Energy, Events and Brands. He also recently started a Hotel Management Company and manages a 160 sleeper Resort in Parys. He was previously an Executive Director of the Business Innovations Group and administered the Western Cape Offices for Morvest Business Group an entity listed on the JSE Alt-X, prior to this he headed up the National Forensic Practice for SAB&T Inc, Chartered Accountants. Prior to that he completed his articles at Deloitte and progressed to Senior Manager in the Forensic Services Division.

Patrick Kadalie                                                                                     

A highly experienced Senior Manager, Executive, and Entrepreneur who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive industries, cutting-edge markets, and fast-paced environments. Currently, Patrick is the COO of Open Xchange Africa and Business Advisory Owner and Consultant with Social Business Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd and Associate with Transact Connect (Pty) Ltd. Patrick also guest lectures and facilitates the Walmart GrowYourBiz Program with GIBS Entrepreneurship Development Academy and is the Chairperson of Ikamva Ubomi, an NGO based in Cape Town focused on Socio-economic development and support.

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