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Received: 2015-06-28  |  Accepted: 2015-08-10  |  Published: 2015-09-30

Title

Entrepreneurship and regional development: case of fashion industry growth in South Africa


Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to share the experiential learning of working within the Creative industries within a local municipality. The Fashion Industry is a sub-sector of both the creative industries and the clothing and textiles industries, and provides opportunities for innovation and creativity in the manufacturing, textiles and apparel accessories. This paper looks at the policy imperative to intervene within the Creative industries at a local level and the institutional arrangements that govern the intervention strategy. The context of the industry prior to the key interventions and the growth over the support period is considered. The paper further explores key challenges in the implementation model, historically inherited weaknesses of the sector and critical impediments to an inclusive developmental focus. The paper proposes that the feedback loop and ability to redefine strategies for implementation can act to mitigate areas of stagnation, however stakeholder engagement and participation remains a key challenge given traditional and new partisan interests. The paper concludes by suggesting that the special purpose vehicle model for industrial development holds the best potential for impact and scope however the complexities of managing interventions within the creative context remains a restraining factor.


Keywords

creative industries, fashion, clusters, local context


JEL classifications

O30 , L23 , L26


URI

http://jssidoi.org/jesi/article/59


DOI


Pages

56-65


This is an open access issue and all published articles are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Authors

Pather, Anasuyah
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa http://www.ukzn.ac.za
eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa http://www.durban.gov.za
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Journal title

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues

Volume

3


Number

1


Issue date

September 2015


Issue DOI


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

Cited

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