Financial Management of Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (Smme) in Rural Areas: Case Study of Capricorn Distric in the Limpopo Province : South Africa

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THE FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT OF SMALL, MEDIUM AND MICRO ENTERPRISES IN THE RURAL COMMUNITIES

A mini - dissertation

By

NAME OF STUDENT: Motimele M.E

STUDENT NUMBER: 200812772

Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree

MASTERS OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA)

Turf loop Graduate School of Leadership

Faculty of Management Sciences and Law

University of Limpopo

Supervisor: Prof. H.P Wolmarans

30 November 2010

i) DECLARATION

I declare that the mini-dissertation hereby submitted to the University of Limpopo for the degree

of Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in the Financial Management Department

has not previously been submitted by me for a degree at this or any other university, it is my

work in design and in execution and that all material contained herein has been duly

acknowledged.

ii) ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I would like to express sincere gratitude to God Almighty, who gave me the wisdom to register for this special course.

I would also like to thank the following people for their maximum support during my

mini -dissertation study:

My family, my mother, sisters, brothers and my daughters for their understanding when I could not give them the attention they mostly desired. Your support as a family has meant a lot towards my success and for that, I thank you.

My study leader, Professor Hendrik Wolmarans for his maximum support and believing in what I was doing. His expertise, professionalism and patience with me are appreciated.

To the University of Limpopo for allowing me to pursue a study on this topic. I thank you for equipping me with the excellent research skills which I will also use in future when I will be doing my doctoral degree.

To all the participants who made this study possible by providing vital information for its success. There could not be a research without you, and I therefore thank you very much.

To everyone who helped me to make this mini – dissertation a success. Thank you all!

iii) ABSTRACT

Financial Management is one of the critical principles in the business environment. This study was conducted to assess the impact of the use of financial statement by SMMEs on to the success of their businesses.

In Chapter one of the study, the researcher gives the background to the research problem. The objectives of the study are also discussed. The research questions are highlighted and the key concepts that are used in the study and defined. The researcher gave the format of the study and concluded the chapter with summary chapter.

Chapter two focused on the review of related literature where different sources who explained about the financial management in SMMEs were consulted. The research objectives were restated and intensely discussed. The researcher outlined the challenges he encountered during the research process. The chapter was concluded with a summary chapter.

Chapter three discussed the research design and methodology. The rationale for the study was explained in this chapter. The research design, types of research, target population, sampling and the research instruments were all explained in this chapter. The questionnaire construction and questionnaire items were also outlined. The research process was explained in full and the chapter was concluded with a summary.

Chapter four discussed the data analysis, where the differences between qualitative and quantitative data analysis were discussed. Findings from other documents were also discussed. The chapter was concluded with a summary.

Chapter five summarized all the chapters by the giving conclusion and recommendations.

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Declaration……………………………………………………………………………….2

Acknowledgement ……………………………………………………………………….3

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