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Title:Co-operative development in South Africa
Author:Jaffee, Georgina
Periodical:South African Review - SARS
Geographic term:South Africa
Abstract:Trade unions, community organizations and business groups in South Africa have increasingly shown an interest in the formation of cooperatives and community-owned businesses as part of job creation and economic development. While cooperatives are generally productive enterprises or services collectively owned and controlled by their members, community businesses tend to be owned by institutions over which a community has control. This article first examines whether a viable cooperative sector is possible in South Africa. Then it describes cooperatives initiated by unions, particularly the Metal and Allied Workers Union (MAWU), the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union of South Africa (ACTWUSA). Finally, the article pays attention to the problems faced by emergent (worker) cooperatives in South Africa and to an alternative approach, namely the building of community supported coops and community businesses. Notes, ref.