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Title:'Formidable entrepreneurs': the role of foreigners in the Gauteng SMME economy
Author:Rogerson, C.M.ISNI
Periodical:Urban Forum
Geographic term:South Africa
small enterprises
External link:https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF03033135
Abstract:Until recently, a great deal of ignorance surrounded the role and operations of foreigners working in the small, medium and micro-enterprise (SMME) economy of Gauteng Province, South Africa. These migrants come primarily from South Africa's traditional labour supply areas, including many SADC countries. Recent research, notably studies by C.M. Rogerson (1997, 1998), S. Peberdy (1997, 1998), and M. Reitzes, Z. Tamela and P. Thulare (1997), offers a body of scientific information to clarify the roles played by foreigners in the Gauteng SMME economy, their expectations and impacts on local South African entrepreneurs. This information is discussed in two sections dealing with immigrants who run small enterprises and immigrant street traders. The final section - on policy issues and recommendations - concludes that there is no credible evidence to suggest that the problems of 'unfair competition' as presently experienced - or perceived - by South Africans working in the Gauteng SMME economy will be solved by the introduction of restrictions on the activities of foreigners. Instead, the author presents an array of positive policy initiatives. Bibliogr.