The public is invited to comment on an amendment law establishing an ombud for small businesses.
The intent of the law has merit: The ombud must prevent small business from being unfairly bullied.
His finding in a case can have the force of a court order, for example against state departments, local government and SOEs that act unfairly such as delaying payments.
As with all government intervention in the market, it will depend a lot on how impartial the ombud’s office is.
Find the document here: https://www.gov.za/documents/national-small-enterprise-amendment-bill-draft-11-dec-2020-0000