In line with the findings of this study, the DEDT (2012) highlighted the exclusion of female entrepreneurs from key and thriving economic sectors such as mining, energy, transport, logistics, and construction.
Factors affecting women entrepreneurs in KwaZulu-Natal include the: exclusion of women entrepreneurs from key and thriving economic sectors such as mining, energy, transport, logistics, and construction; need for better information distribution and monitoring system; change of perception from historical prejudices and stereotypes against the empowerment of women; and commitment to women economic empowerment from all stakeholders (Ndinda, 1997; Ndinda, 1999, DEDT, 2012).
According to the DTI Annual Review of Small Businesses in South Africa, the key constraints facing KwaZulu-Natal women entrepreneurs are regulatory and institutional challenges, access to finance, mentorship, skills and infrastructure development, access and exposure to opportunities and technology, business premises, and market opportunities (DEDT, 2012).
Furthermore, although women contribute immensely to KwaZulu-Natal's economic activities, most agencies reflect a male-female client ratio of 70:30 - confirming that women are inadequately supported in their entrepreneurial ventures despite being the majority of entrepreneurs in the country (DEDT 2012; DTI, 2011; eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality Local Newspaper, 2010).
The model was entitled Model Decomposition EDT (DEDT).
However, the results confirm the predictive ability of DEDT. Of the nonconfirmatory constructs, only the value was confirmed.
Finally, we demonstrate a high degree compatibility of DEDT applied to users of distance courses.