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Title:Day labourers, unemployment and socio-economic development in South Africa
Authors:Harmse, AletISNI
Blaauw, Phillip
Schenck, Rinie
Year:2009
Periodical:Urban Forum
Volume:20
Issue:4
Pages:363-377
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:unemployment
workers
regional disparity
Link:http://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s12132-009-9067-8.pdf
Abstract:One of the most visible forms of unemployment is the men who stand at the side of the road or on corners daily, waiting for any job that may come their way. It is estimated that there are nearly 1,000 places in South Africa where a minimum of about 45,000, mostly black African men, stand, waiting to be picked up. The South African space economy is characterized by an uneven distribution of economic activities. International empirical studies have shown that there is a geographical or spatial coincidence between levels of unemployment and levels of gross domestic product per capita. The first objective of this article is to highlight some of the basic demographic dynamics of day labourers. The second is to investigate the spatial distribution of and the relationship between day labourers, unemployment and the general level of socioeconomic development in South Africa. Day labourers share a number of common characteristics, but there are also obvious differences in their morale and spirit. The analyses show that there is also a general spatial coincidence between levels of socioeconomic development and the numbers of day labourers in South Africa, with a relatively high correlation coefficient between the two. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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