Annual Forum Papers

Industrial Strategy and Local Economic Development: Manufacturing Policy and Technological Capabilities in Ekurhuleni

  • Year: 2004
  • Author(s): Thandi Phele; Simon Roberts; Ian Steuart
  • Countries and Regions: South Africa

This paper examines the impact of national developments and policies on the development of industry in Ekurhuleni. It assesses role of local government in industrial development in light of recent literature addressing agglomeration effects, industrial districts, and the development of local economic competencies and institutions. The analysis draws on recent work on the manufacturing sector in Ekurhuleni and a case study of the foundry industry in particular, focusing on its performance and recent development in terms of firm capabilities, orientation, and the institutional framework