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26 May 2017
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10 May 2017
 
 
‘You can’t bite the hand that feeds you’: Contracts between SME suppliers and the large supermarkets
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This article examines the implications of the contracts between the four main South African supermarkets and their SME suppliers. Supermarkets’ procurement practices, in particular their practice...
 
 
19 Apr 2017
 
 
 
Innovative joint ventures can boost agricultural production and promote agrarian transformation
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Growing agriculture can reduce poverty, create economic opportunities in rural and peri-urban areas, and boost employment, particularly for semi- and unskilled workers. We review several successful...
 
 
30 Mar 2017
 
What makes the rand so volatile: global or home-made factors?
ECON3X3
Exchange-rate volatility can complicate decisions concerning trade and investment and constrain a country’s economic growth. Understanding what contributes to a currency’s volatility is an...
 
 
01 Mar 2017
 
Could informal enterprises stimulate township economies? A study of two Midrand townships
ECON3X3
Informal enterprises are perceived to lack the necessary business and economic fundamentals to stimulate their local economies. However, informal enterprises are not homogenous. In a study of...
 
 
17 Jan 2017
 
Factors contributing to the demise of informal enterprises: evidence from a Cape township
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The reasons for the closure of fairly well-established informal enterprises are varied. Between 2010 and 2015, in the Cape Flats township of Delft South, a key factor was the failure to respond...
 
 
13 Dec 2016
 
Youth unemployment: what can we do in the short run?
ECON3X3
The challenge of youth unemployment is shaped by factors in both the labour market and the education system, alongside intricate community, household and individual-level issues. This complex...
 
 
21 Nov 2016
 
The employability of higher education graduates: are qualifications enough?
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The transition from higher education to employment is a challenge, considering persistent graduate un- and underemployment. Qualifications are not enough. Graduates (should) develop a ‘workplace...
 
 
12 Oct 2016
 
Are internal migrants more likely to be unemployed than locally born residents?
ECON3X3
This article compares the labour-market status of migrants and locally born residents. The focus is on migration into Cape Town and the Western Cape from elsewhere in South Africa. Survey and...
 
 
 
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