CCS Seminar: Government Clumsiness in Rural Entrepreneurial and Coop Support 


Speaker: Blessing Karumbidza
Date: Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College

 

Topic: How long does it take for government to prepare for a World Cup? Ask the traders at Warwick Junction. How long does the government take to transform one subsistence producer into a viable market gardener or to lift a vulnerable informal trader into a thriving merchant? The colonial apartheid state was designed to act as agency for the support of its white constituencies. The transition to independence and the end of formal apartheid did not change the structure of the state system. Nor was the economy changed to support the majority of men and women toiling informally. State support for rural entrepreneurs and cooperatives has been, at best, clumsy.

Speaker: Blessing Karumbidza, who holds a doctorate from UKZN and a post-doc fellowship from Oxford, is now a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Public Management & Economics Programme at the Durban University of Technology. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation at the Tshwane University of Technology. He founded the Co-operatives & Rural Enterprise Support Initiative (CRESI) www.cresiafrica.net, which works with individual and co-operative entrepreneurs in the rural and peri-urban areas of KZN and the Eastern Cape.

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