Inequality and Economic Inclusion

This edition of The Real Economy Bulletin is the second edition of the State of Small Business published by TIPS. It includes a review of trends in small business according to national data looking at small business by the numbers; how many small businesses are there?; employment and earnings; contribution to the GDP; small…"
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Published in TIPS In the News

  • Year 2014
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Anaïs Dangeot
  • Countries and Regions Mercosur (Common Market of the South), Southern African Development Community (SADC)
One of the major international economic developments in recent years has been the growth in regional trade agreements (RTAs). However, with the exception of a few, there are criticisms that RTAs have not yielded the expected benefits. The focus of this paper is to determine the impact of engaging in regional initiatives for…"
Published in TIPS Research Grant

  • Year 2013
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Evans Chinembiri; Mbofholowo Tsedu
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper looks at the strengths and weaknesses of current methodologies in capturing the kinds of local economic development impacts from the CWP. It aims to fill the gap of methodologies available for measuring economic multipliers in a local economy. (The Employment Promotion Programme (EPP) Research)"

  • Year 2012
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Stephen Timm
For South Africa, the promotion of small businesses remains key to creating jobs and a more equitable economy. Evidence from Chile and Malaysia – both countries with similar emerging economies as South Africa – reveals that by partnering to provide finance and business support, the government and the private sector can boost support…"

  • Year 2011
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Marlese von Broembsen
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Patrick Sathorar acts as a marketing consultant for a group of 25-30 HIV-positive women in Nyanga, Cape Town. They produce textile and beaded products and Patrick facilitates their participation in the formal market by sourcing and negotiating contracts for them. Patrick’s role comprises the following: first, he meets with a client (typically a…"

  • Year 2011
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Improving small, marginalised producers access to modern markets has increasingly been accepted as an important element in South African policy debates on improving the employment, income and livelihood opportunities for such producers. The importance of market access arises because in the absence of such access, these producers are restricted to servicing proximate, local…"

  • Year 2011
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Stephen Timm
In its efforts to craft a new economic growth path and assist small businesses, South Africa could do well to look to emerging economies such as Brazil and India, which have attracted much attention in their recent efforts to create greater and more equitable economic growth. The aim of this study is to…"

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation World Bank
  • Author(s) Sergio Schmukler
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Closing Plenary "

  • Year 2010
  • Organisation AMERU, University of the Witwatersrand
  • Author(s) Jonathan Friedland; Neil Rankin
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Session 6B: Taxation and Trade Quotas"

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) The Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development Research Programme (CSID); School of Economics and Business Sciences, University of Witwatersrand
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Street trading is the most common type of informal self-employment activity in South Africa. Traders sell a range of products such as fruits and vegetables, cooked food, new and used clothing, cosmetics, footwear, dvds, “public” telephone services and mobile phone accessories. Most traders operate from stalls or tables in market areas or on…"

  • Year 2009
  • Organisation PLAAS
  • Author(s) Michael Aliber; Mompati Baiphethi; Rick de Satge; Jonathan Denison; Tim Hart; Peter Jacobs and Wim van Averbeke; with Rauri Alcock; Mike Antwi; Abenet Belete; Ben Cousins; Larry Field; Irvine Mariga; Patrick Masika; Simeon Materechera; David Mayson; Nomakhaya Monde and Barbara Tapela
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Within the ambit of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa, government is leading a process to define a Second Economy Strategy. One of the opportunities that has been identified is the agricultural sector, in particular fostering a larger number of smallholder agriculturalists. The study seeks to identify the key elements…"

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
TIPS was commissioned by FABCOS (The Foundation for African Business and Consumer Services) to undertake a study on the impact of fuel and food price increases on small business. As FABCOS has a large constituency of informal or previously informal businesses, a strong emphasis was placed on the impacts for informal businesses. Some…"
Published in Trade and Industry

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation Senior Research Manager, Centre for Employment, Poverty and Growth, HSRC.
  • Author(s) Tim Hart
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This paper will review the attempts at fostering resource poor small-scale agricultural development in South Africa from 1994 to the present. Based on the lack of a concerted policy for support and development of this group of farmers and given the incomplete datasets about this group a number an attempt will be made…"

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Author(s) Faheem ul Islam
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The paper presents significant new insights for Policy Makers, Practitioners, Educators, and Researchers into the socio-economy of agglomerated SMEs in developing country context. Using mixed methods of inquiry and concurrent triangulation approach this paper profiles the socio-economy of the internationally competitive textile industry cluster of Faisalabad in Pakistan to establish the validity of…"

  • Year 2008
  • Author(s) Glen Robbins, Likani Lebani and Mike Rogan
The research process underpinning this article was focused on casting some light on factors influencing the way in which developing countries can enhance linkages between Transnational Corporation (TNC) Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) firms and domestic small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It sought to do this through identifying the major lessons from SME-TNC linkage…"

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Karen Harrison
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
Siyakhula, or the Western Cape Bus Operators’ Transport Cooperative Ltd, operates within the bus sector of the transport industry. A brief description of the sector follows in order to contextualise the operations of the cooperative. The transport, storage and communications sector increased its share in real output growth in the Western Cape from…"

  • Year 2008
  • Organisation TIPS
  • Author(s) Sandy Lowitt
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
This executive summary is not presented in the usual manner of summarising the findings of each chapter of the report. The complexity and detail covered in the report, and the nuances in the debates, makes such an option impossible. Rather, a brief overview of the key issues and approaches is presented as a…"

  • Year 2004
  • Organisation DTI
  • Author(s) TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
In 2005, the Small Enterprise Development Agency (seda) - the dti's newly established agency for supporting small business - tasked TIPS to carry out a second annual review of South Africa's small businesses as part of its mandate to support the growth of small enterprise in South Africa, to help create a better…"

  • Year 2003
  • Organisation DTI
  • Author(s) TIPS
  • Countries and Regions South Africa
The Department of Trade & Industry's (the dti's) Enterprise Development unit is tasked with developing policy and strategy for the small business sector. The objectives of government policy and strategy on enterprise development are empowerment, economic development and job creation. Much progress towards meeting these objectives has been made over the first decade…"
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