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New SMEs are very important to the economy of South Africa. Their failure rate at about 75% is one the highest in the world. Lack of finance is one of the primary reasons for the failure of new SMEs in South Africa. About 75% of all applications for bank credit by new SMEs are rejected. This objective of the paper was to investigate the determinants of credit approval for new SMEs. The survey method and self-administered questionnaires were used for data collection. 445 respondents took part indoi:10.5539/ijbm.v5n10p128 fatcat:3nplbg5embaafco3kjsa4w62li