n Journal of Public Administration - Local economic development and social responsibility of micro-business in Thulamela Local Municipality

Volume 49, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Socially responsible actions of businesses are beneficial to local municipalities, public and private organisations, consumers as well as society as a whole. Previously community organisations had focused on the social responsibility of larger corporations, and SMEs while neglecting micro-businesses. These micro-businesses occupy a strategic economic position in the country that cannot be ignored. However, their social responsibility in the community has not been studied as there is little data in this area. This study explores the socially responsible practices of micro-business owners in Thohoyandou, in the Vhembe District of Limpopo Province, South Africa. Qualitative research design was used with data gathered using individual interviews, observation, focus group discussions and secondary data. The study used content analysis and the following themes arose from the findings: sold products, environmental health, law enforcement, and training. The main conclusions drawn from the findings were that the behaviour of micro-businesses in Thohoyandou demonstrates a lack of social responsibility.

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