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n South African Journal of Business Management - Marginality and competitive advantage : the implications of the opening of the CBDs for Chinese businesses

Volume 18 Number 3
  • ISSN : 2078-5585

Abstract

The opening of the CBDs (central business districts) as free trading areas has important implications for the areas of business management, sociology and politics in as much as this move represents a significant deviation from past government policies. Before the Johannesburg CBD was declared open for free trading, the Chinese operating within the CBD were afforded the same protection as whites by the barriers imposed upon other non-white traders. At the same time, and unlike whites, the Chinese could also move into 'non-white' trading zones without difficulty. The Chinese thus appeared to be operating from a position of strategic advantage, a position which could be attributed to their marginal status in South African society. This article examines the extent to which their marginal position has provided a competitive advantage for the Chinese traders in the Johannesburg CRD as well as the attitudes of these businessmen to the opening of the CBD to all race groups.

Die opening van die sentrale besigheidgebiede (SBG) hou belangrike besigheidbestuurs-, sosiologiese -en politieke implikasies insiende dat hierdie bele1dsverandering sterk afwyk van vorige regeringsbeleid. Chinese handelaars het dieselfde beskerming geniet as Blanke handelaars voordat die Johannesburgse SBG oop verklaar is. Terselfdertyd, en anders as m die geval van Blankes, kon die Chinese handelaars handeldryf in 'nieblanke' gebiede sonder enige probleme. Die Chinese het dus 'n strategiese voordeel geniet, 'n posisie verklaarbaar in terme van hul marginale status in die Suid-Afrikaanse samelewing. Hierdie artikel ondersoek die mate waartoe die marginale posisie van Chinese handelaars in Johannesburg se SBG 'n strategiese voordeel skep en ook hul houding ten opsigte van die oopstelling van die SBG vir alle rasse.

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2020-10-29

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