chapter  6
16 Pages

Making a Living in the City: The Case of Clothing Manufacturers

ByAnna Kesper

Johannesburg has been South Africa’s manufacturing heartland for morethan a century. In the early 1980s, however, large and formal production exited from the inner city and revealed a multitude of small and informal manufacturing activities. The experience of prospering localities in industrialized and developing countries suggests that having a predominence of smaller firms is advantageous (van Dijk, 1993). Small, medium-sized enterprises, and microenterprises (SMMEs) have the potential to resolve the persistent problem of insufficient employment growth and build a competitive advantage in an increasingly globalized economy (Sengenberger and Pyke, 1992). The end result is local prosperity.