Sub Title:
a summary report of a baseline study  
Category:
ECSECC Working Papers  
Theme:
Economic Development, Research  
Publish Date:
29 Mar 2011  
Originator:
ECSECC  
Editor:
 
Author:
 
Date of Publication:
03/29/2011  
Edition:
Working Paper 11  
Volume:
 
Format:
 
Status:
Available  

 

Though economically small in South Africa, the cooperatives movement has enormous potential or building sustainable livelihoods in historically disadvantaged communities. Too little is known of cooperatives in the Eastern Cape so this baseline study was carried out in order to develop a strategy for improved support to cooperatives. Cooperatives surveyed involved in agriculture, services, arts and crafts and manufacturing. Registration, organization, membership and funding has been surveyed and the role of the state or local government discussed. The need for specific mentoring, education, training and assistance with access to markets is identified. The majority of cooperatives are self initiated but operating at low levels and struggling to survive. The report concludes with recommendations for the way ahead.

 

 

 

 

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