Small businesses and job creation in South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Biekpe, Nicholas en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Banya, Roland en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Dhanah, Darlington en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-09T10:49:16Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-09T10:49:16Z
dc.date.issued 2017 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Dhanah, D. 2017. Small businesses and job creation in South Africa. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/27441
dc.description.abstract There is a paradigm shift from traditionally relying on big businesses for stimulating economic growth and job creation to small businesses in both developed and developing economies. Developing countries in the last 3 decades have accelerated their support for small businesses in a bid to alleviate dire poverty levels they are faced with. Theoretically small businesses are believed to be more labour intensive compared to larger businesses and thus the shift. (Thorsten Beck, Asli Demirguc-Kunt, and Ross Levine, 2003: 2; Beck et al. 2003: 1). Empirically there are ample success stories emanating from China, Pakistan, Brazil just to mention a few, showing a fairly similar trajectory of increased economic participation by small businesses resulting in their significant contribution to GDP and employment creation. However, South Africa has not necessarily followed a similar trajectory to its BRICS counterparts and thus this paper looked at small businesses and job creation in South Africa. It narrowed down to impediments that have stood on the way of small businesses' ability to create jobs. The study was exploratory, descriptive and quantitative in nature. The results to this study are in alignment with previous studies on the subject matter and this study singled out access to finance, HIV Aids, operational costs and government taxes and regulations as statistically significant in explaining variation in the proportion of small businesses that create jobs. This study ultimately recommended that over and above dealing with the above listed impediments directly, government should especially focus on consumer vulnerability and financial conditions on a macro-economic level as these have a direct impact on small businesses. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Development Finance en_ZA
dc.title Small businesses and job creation in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Research of GSB en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MCom en_ZA
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