n Management Today - Informal sector micro-enterprises in Newlands West, Durban : a case study of female-owned home-based dressmaking micro-enterprises

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1027-4324



The study examines informal female-owned home-based dressmaking micro enterprises in the Newlands West area in the North Western part of the city of Durban in South Africa. The aim of this study was to evaluate the viability of these enterprises. Also investigated were the constraints and challenges they face as well as opportunities for their effective operation. For the purposes of this study, a total of 10 female owner / operators of dressmaking enterprises were selected and interviewed. The findings revealed that Newlands West's dressmaking enterprises emerged largely as a response by their owner-operators and originators to the growing unemployment prevalent in area.

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