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Title:South African manufacturing in an African context: findings from firm-level surveys
Authors:Naudé, W.A.ISNI
Oostendorp, R.ISNI
Serumaga-Zake, P.A.E.
Year:2002
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics
Volume:70
Issue:8
Pages:1247-1272
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:industry
industrial policy
competition
Link:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1813-6982.2002.tb00065.x/pdf
Abstract:Since 1994, manufacturing firms in South Africa have been subjected to a significant increase in foreign competition, following the adoption by the new South African government of an outward-oriented trade and industrial strategy. In order to find out how these firms are adjusting to greater competition, this paper analyses data from a firm-level survey of 135 manufacturing firms in South Africa's North West Province (based on data from 1999-2001) and compares the findings with those of 8 other firm-level surveys, conducted since 1992 by the World Bank, as part of its Regional Programme on Enterprise Development, in Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Results are presented for cost competitiveness (labour costs, labour productivity and capital intensity); investment (investment to capital ratio and profit rates); and export behaviour. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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