Strategic Capabilities and Sustainability of SMMEs in Gauteng: A case of Roodepoort Area in Johannesburg
Dear Respondent,

My name is Abiola Ajikanju student at the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). You are invited to participate in a research project titled: Strategic Capabilities and Sustainability of SMMEs in Gauteng: A case of Roodepoort Area in Johannesburg. The aim of this study is to examine the extent to which strategic capabilities are necessary in addressing the challenges faced by SMMEs to ensure their sustainability.

In the questionnaire, the following keywords are used:
Strategic capabilities: are the unique and core competencies that SMMEs possess which helps to differentiate itself from its rivals. SMMEs with strategic capabilities have the ability to perform certain activities that will help determine and manage its opportunity and threat.
Sustainability: has been distinguished as more than just maintaining the environment, but endurance of a business to pursue opportunities, new products development and ensuring profitability over a long period of time.
SMMEs: According to the Gauteng SMMEs policy framework (2014) and the National Small Business Act, SMME was defined as a distinctive and separate business unit which comprises of non-government enterprises and corporative organisations. It is managed by a single owner or more. SMMEs include different branches or subsidiaries and carried on in any sector or subsector of the economy.

Through your participation, I hope to examine the influence of strategic capabilities on sustainability of SMMEs in South Africa. The results of the survey are intended to contribute to expanding academic knowledge in the field of entrepreneurship management. Professional entrepreneurship practitioners can also use the information in the study to enhance practice.

Your participation in this project is voluntary. You may refuse to participate or withdraw from the project at any time with no negative consequence. There will be no monetary gain from participating in the survey. Confidentiality and anonymity of records identifying you as a participant will be maintained by the School of Management, IT and Governance of UKZN. Your responses will not be used for any purposes outside of this study.

Data collected will be stored during the study and archived for 5 years. After this time, all data will be destroyed.
If you have any questions or concerns about completing the questionnaire or about participating in the study, you may contact me or my supervisor at the numbers listed below:

Researcher: Ms. Abiola Ajikanju - +27 84 957 1748
Supervisor: Dr. S. O. Atiku - +27 84 436 0270

The survey should take you about 15 minutes to complete. Your time to take part in this survey is highly appreciated.

Sincerely,
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