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Title:Globalisation and Women's Work in South Africa: National and Local Approaches to Economic Transformation
Authors:Skinner, CarolineISNI
Valodia, ImraanISNI
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:gender relations
women's employment
informal sector
economic policy
Labor and Employment
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10130950.2001.9675952
Abstract:The economy of South Africa has been undergoing a process of fundamental economic transformation. This paper examines gender dimensions of this process. First, it outlines the gendered structure of the South African labour market which highlights women's dominance of the informal economy and secondary segments of the formal labour market, and men's overrepresentation in the better-paid, more secure primary labour market. The focus is on national and local governments' approach to business support and promotion, particularly paying attention to the informal economy. After considering the national policy context, the paper analyses national government trade and industry policy and small business development policy. It argues that, given where women are located in the labour market, national government's approach does not support a significant portion of working women. In postapartheid South Africa local government has been given far greater responsibilities, including in areas such as economic development. Finally, the paper examines how the metropolitan government of the city of Durban has approached the support of the informal economy. The Durban case shows how some of the gaps identified in national government's approach are being filled by the local arm of the State. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]