n Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie - Die mededingendheidsplatform vir nywerheidsontwikkeling in Suid-Afrika : summary of thesis

Volume 25, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0254-3486
  • E-ISSN: 2222-4173


The competitive platform for industrial development in South Africa The competitive platform of South African industries was investigated in this study. The theoretical foundation of industrial development policy and industrial location was considered first, followed by an empirical investigation of the competitive platform of manufacturing industries. Strengths and weaknesses of the countries' platform were identified, including the competitiveness of provinces, sub-sectors and firm-sizes. Competitive indices were estimated and recommendations were made based on the empirical findings. The study found that although South African manufacturers are not internationally highly competitive, results were better than expected, especially with regard to management, productivity, technology and expertise.

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