It should be properly contextualised in that the government deliberately acts to ensure that those at the periphery are integrated into the mainstream economy, he said.
“Through this programme we are piloting commodities - agriculture, clothing and textile, construction material and bakery. All of these will be provided by government and all its entities by small enterprises.”
Zikalala said the department was also committed to train small, micro- and medium-sized enterprises (SMMEs) since the lack of training contributes to their collapse and unsuccessful operations.
“As a department we have set aside R57 million for the coming financial year to be allocated for the Radical Agrarian Socio-Economic Transformation (Raset) programme initially launched with government procuring agricultural produce from small-scale farmers at community level. We hope entities will also follow suit.”