ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Globalisation and Industrial Restructuring in a South African City

Durban owes its substantial industrial sector and its national manufacturing significance to a number of historical factors. Principal amongst these was the role of the port and a trade regime based on import substituting industrialisation. The latter no longer prevails but the former has a major role to play in the new trade regime. The impact of globalisation and a government sponsored export-oriented trade liberalisation programme with supply side support measures places the manufacturing sector as the central economic driver and creates new opportunities for the city. Whether the city can respond accordingly depends on how firms, industrial sectors, key stakeholders, national institutions controlling the port, and local government react to this new scenario. A study of the clothing and automotive industries highlights a number of pertinent issues which would seem to be generic to manufacturing in Durban generally.

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