n Journal of Public Administration - Inclusion of Mabopane youth-owned businesses into enterprise development programmes in Rosslyn Industrial Park

Volume 54 Number 4-1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767


South Africa has a high youth unemployment rate. Small businesses are a crucial component of Local Economic Development (LED) initiatives because they have the ability to create jobs, dependent on local sources of raw materials, skills, niche markets, subcontracting to larger firms and have the ability to create jobs.

The aim of this article is to discuss the research that was conducted to determine the capacity-building options for the youth-owned businesses in Mabopane Township to be included in Rosslyn Industrial Park's local economy. This is the first study that covers the local area of Mabopane Township and the Rosslyn Industrial Park, which is one of the biggest industrial hubs in the City of Tshwane, Gauteng province. The research falls in the ambit of LED Pillars 2, 3 and 4 of the National Framework for LED 2017-2022.

The mixed-methods research included a quantitative survey of 46 youth-owned businesses from Mabopane Township, and qualitative interviews with 12 companies located at Rosslyn Industrial Park.

The findings indicated that the Mabopane youth-owned businesses experienced a lack of support from the Rosslyn Industrial Park companies in terms of procuring services from them, despite the fact that these larger companies have empowerment strategies in place in the form of enterprise development and support for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs).

The most important recommendation is that the City of Tshwane implement mediation forums to accelerate the inclusion of youth-owned businesses in neighbouring industries.

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