Rural Development in the Broader Context of Economic Development and Innovation

2012
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Presented at the Local Development Seminar, Ingquza Hill Local Municipality, Lusikisiki, 27-28 December 2012
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Local Development Seminar, Ingquza Hill Local Municipality, Lusikisiki, 27-28 December 2012
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Lindile L. Ndabeni
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Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI)
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Concluding remarks:

  • South Africa’s economy is largely driven by cities
  • Towns and cities serve as concentrations of economic activity within the national spatial economies
  • Economies of scale
  • Specialised business services
  • Infrastructure
  • 71% of population live in cities and towns, particularly along the coast, Gauteng, and Limpopo and account for 88% of all formal economic activity in the country
  • 24% of the population live in and around homelands and produce 4% of all formal economic activity
  • Traditional authorities control about 20% of country’s land, 20% of population live there, and account for 3% of formal economic activity
  • Six Metros account for 57% of all municipal spending
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