n Studies in Economics and Econometrics - The competitiveness of South African manufacturing : a spatial view

Volume 27, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0379-6205


Given the emphasis on international competitiveness in the manufacturing development strategies of the South African government, the purpose of this paper is to identify the potentially competitive manufacturing clusters on a spatial level in South Africa. Taking South Africa's nine provinces as the level of spatial analysis, this paper uses export specialisation and output specialisation ratios to obtain an idea of the competitiveness and comparative advantages of the various sectors. The results will allow national policy-makers to identify the spatial distribution of competitive manufacturing sectors across South Africa and allow provincial policy-makers to focus their policies on the manufacturing sectors with the most potential to develop into competitive industrial clusters.

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