Using a small-area census approach, this Econ3X3 article reports on changes in informal micro-enterprise activity in the Cape township of Delft between 2010 and 2015.
The number of micro-enterprises has doubled (from 879 to 1798) in five years, with growth recorded in almost all sectors (notably take-away food and street trade).
The increase in the total is contrary to the official national trend. The prevalence of informal enterprises in residential areas, compared to those in the high street, has not changed.
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A growing informal sector: evidence from an enterprise survey in Delft1.16 MB