Agriculture based clusters : a model to stimulate South Africa s rural small-scale farming sector

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dc.contributor.advisor Taft, Trevor en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Toolo, Mpho en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-04T13:45:39Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-04T13:45:39Z
dc.date.created 2016-03-30 en
dc.date.issued 2016 en
dc.description Mini Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2016. en
dc.description.abstract Unemployment in South Africa is a major problem and the marginal economic growth has not stimulated job creation. The problem is skewed to the rural communities. As the most labour absorptive sector, agriculture is best placed to help address this challenge. However, to become a viable globally competitive sector rural small-scale farmers need Government policy certainty and support; cluster creation is a means for small-scale farmers to be provided the required support. An exploratory study was conducted on Western Cape Wine cluster members and relevant Government employees. This study sought to identify behaviours and enablers instrumental in this cluster s success; while the Government employees clarified South Africa s official readiness for cluster implementation. The cluster abundantly evidenced : strong linkages, competition coupled with cooperation, connectedness among all the players as well as knowledge spill-over. These elements were enabled by historical support, primarily in research. The Government Departments, however, displayed paucity in these very behaviours, thus failing to maximise on efforts they made. Cluster members bemoaned the debilitating frequent changes in policy. Unless this crucial enabler together with the provision of infrastructure for creating connected communities is provided by collaborating Government Departments, South Africa s small-scale farmers cannot enjoy the benefits of clustering. en
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dc.description.degree MBA en
dc.description.department Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) en
dc.description.librarian vn2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Toolo, M 2016, Agriculture based clusters : a model to stimulate South Africa s rural small-scale farming sector, MBA Mini-dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52334> en
dc.identifier.other GIBS en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52334
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights ©2016 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. en
dc.subject UCTD en
dc.title Agriculture based clusters : a model to stimulate South Africa s rural small-scale farming sector en
dc.type Mini Dissertation en


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