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Title:Falling through the policy gaps? Evidence from the informal economy in Durban, South Africa
Author:Skinner, CarolineISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:informal sector
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12132-006-0002-y
Abstract:Drawing on findings of a survey carried out in 2002 of over 500 informal enterprises operating in the Durban or eThekwini Municipality (South Africa) in nine different sectors, this paper first describes the demographics of enterprise owners and their households; the nature of the firms (the age of the enterprises, fixed capital assets, current and preferred location and the relationship with the formal economy); the nature of employment created; workers' conditions; and monthly profits. Next, an analysis of entrepreneurs' access to basic (facilities and infrastructure) and support services (credit and training) is presented. All of these results combined with an analysis of constraints to growth and priority interventions cited by respondents, lead to the identification of three broad potential areas of State intervention: basic services, business infrastructure and support services. All in all, the findings of the survey confirm the relationship between being poor and working in the informal economy. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]