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Markets on the Margins: Lessons for development strategy from enterprise development

15 November 2018
12:30 - 14:00

Markets on the Margins: Lessons for development strategy from enterprise development

Presenter:  Dr Kate Philip, Senior Economic Development Advisor in the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC), National Treasury

Facilitators: Shirin Motala and Stewart Ngandu, Economic, Performance and Development,  HSRC

Date: 15 November 2018

Time: 12h30  – 14:00

Venues in Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town (Videoconferencing facilities: see below)

In 1987, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) lead a historic national strike. As part of this showdown with the mining industry, 40,000 mineworkers were dismissed. To assist them, NUM set up a job creation programme, starting with worker co-operatives before shifting to wider enterprise development strategies in communities affected by ongoing retrenchments in the industry.

Drawing from her experience running this programme and thereafter Kate Philip who headed NUM’s job creation programme from 1988 to 2002 will explore lessons learned from trying to create jobs through enterprise development in marginal economic contexts, the limits and opportunities that such market participation offers, and what this means for development strategy: including brief reflections on the potential role of an employment guarantee. She will draw from her recently published book, Markets on the Margins: Mineworkers, Enterprise Development and Job Creation.

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST.

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