In South Africa there is an increased demand for qualified managers and supervisors to take charge of new divisions and branches of established businesses. Opportunities for small businesses, both in the formal and informal sector, have created the need for competent entrepreneurs. This programme is designed to give learners a thorough grounding in the essentials of business so that they can competently move up the management ladder or operate their own small business with confidence. Learners apply fundamental principles, terminology and methods in solving well-defined problems. The qualification is aimed at equipping first-line managers with the knowledge and skills required to fulfil their management role within the organisation.