n AfricaGrowth Agenda - State owned enterprises In South Africa : A Pinocchio paradox

Volume 15 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1811-5187



The state plays an important role in the South African economy. SOEs viability is projected to be a pivotal part in leading the transformation agenda by a number of departments because they are spearheading economic development. Nevertheless, the rapid ascendency of SOEs in driving economic growth has been with negative consequences for the South African economy, with a number of them being viewed as driving nepotism, corruption and non-aligned state agendas. This has led to conflicts with market driven economic development of the South African economy, and hindering competition between the state-owned enterprises and private-owned enterprises.

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