Economic Studies

Prince Albert: A fourth economic bubble or sustainable development?

Toerien, DF (2012), Prince Albert: A fourth economic bubble or sustainable development? R Donaldson and L Marais (eds), Small Town Geographies in Africa:  Experiences from South Africa and Elsewhere, Nova Press, (2012).     (Author contact: dtoerien@gonet.co.za)  

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Promoting small town development

Van Rooy, R and Marais, L (2012), “Promoting small town development: The case of the Apollo Development Association, in R Donaldson and L Marais (eds), Small Town Geographies in Africa: Experiences from South Africa and Elsewhere, Nova Press. Lochner Marais can be contacted at maraisjgl@ufs.ac.za; book for sale from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Small-Town-Geographies-Africa-Experiences/dp/162100001X).  

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Promotion of small-town development

Van Rooy, R (2007), Promotion of small-town development: The case of the Apollo Development Association in Victoria West, Mini-thesis, Masters in Development Studies, University of the Free State.   ABSTRACT South African small towns are in desperate need of appropriate forms of Local Economic Development. In terms of their nature and scale, the projects embarked on […]

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Proportionality in enterprise development of SA Towns

Toerien, DF and Seaman, MT (2012), Proportionality in enterprise development of South African towns, South African Journal of Science, May/June.   Abstract We investigated proportionalities in the enterprise structures of 125 South African towns through examining four hypotheses, (1) the magnitude of enterprise development in a town is a function of the population size of […]

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Proportionality in enterprise development of South Afrian towns

Toerien DF and Seaman MT  Proportionality in enterprise development of South Afrian towns. SA Journal of Science 108: 1-10.(2012)   Abstract Two concepts, (1) companies are ‘living’ entities and (2) ‘company ecology’, stimulated our hypothesis that towns are ‘enterprise ecosystems’. This hypothesis cannot be tested directly. However, if it is correct, application of clustering and […]

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Regional order in the enterprise structures of selected Eastern Cape Karoo towns

Toerien, DF and MT Seaman, MT (2012), Regional order in the enterprise structures of selected Eastern Cape Karoo towns, South African Geographical Journal, vol. 94, no. 2. (2012)   Abstract Proportionality phenomena have earlier been observed in the enterprise structures of South African towns. A question remained whether small towns also exhibit such hidden order. […]

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Shale Gas Development in the Central Karoo – Impacts on Social Fabric 

The term “social fabric” embraces numerous complex and interrelated phenomena, including demographic and economic factors, behavioural issues (e.g. investment choices, political dynamics), social institutions (e.g. families), social organisations (e.g. municipalities and churches), and social networks, or relationships amongst people. The social fabric is underpinned by people’s beliefs and sentiments, including a sense of belonging and […]

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Shale Gas Development in the Central Karoo – Impacts on the Economy

Shale gas development (SGD) has the potential to yield highly significant economic opportunities, but also bears risks engendered by the extractive nature of SGD. In both respects it parallels other divisions of the mining sector. Previous South African research into the macro-economic opportunities associated with SGD reveals little agreement on likely benefits, their extent, or […]

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South African minibus taxi industry

Ingle, M (2009), An historical overview of problems associated with the formalization of the South African minibus taxi industry, New Contree, vol. 57.   Introduction The ascendancy of the minibus taxi industry in South Africa was a consequence of the apartheid policy of situating poorly-serviced black settlements on the periphery of the urban conurbations. After deregulation […]

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Sustainable low-technology businesses: the key to large-scale job creation in SA

Toerien, DF (2008), Sustainable low-technology businesses: the key to large-scale job creation in South Africa, in ASSAF (Academy of Science of South Africa), Local Economic Development in Small Towns, Housing Delivery and Impact on the Environment, Pretoria.   Introduction Widespread poverty is one of the most pressing problems of South Africa. The inability over decades […]

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