n Journal of Public Administration - Co-operatives as part of social security mainstream for poverty alleviation in selected municipalities




The article presents the case studies of co-operatives which are established on the premise of alleviating poverty with special reference to selected provinces in South Africa from a comparative international perspective. The concept co-operative is developmentally focused, thus referring to member groups who share a common socio-economic interest. It fits into the developmental context of local government as part of the social security mainstream. The article addresses this issue: which extends partially to . This article is limited to worker co-operatives in particular because they are directly involved in alleviating poverty in the country especially in the rural communities. The article focuses on their shortcomings and the ways in which their shortcomings can be circumvented to contribute in combating unemployment and poverty in South Africa.


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