In 2002 and 2003, data were gathered from one in every three medium and large manufacturing firms in the Greater Durban Area to help establish and assess the constraints to manufacturing growth among firms in Durban. The data collection served to help guide and, where necessary, alter local and national policy interventions. This 2002 data collection exercise, undertaken by the eThekwini Municipality was supported by the USA Development Agency, USAID, with the World Bank appointed to provide technical support. (See Constraints to Growth below)
As the data yielded useful and important policy conclusions the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and the University of KwaZulu-Natal are collaborating, with other local, provincial and national actors including the local business community, to conduct a similar survey in 2013. This will mean that Durban will be in a unique position of having a fully representative survey of medium and large manufacturing firms.
The survey will be unique in a number of ways:
A team of researchers and students will be involved in the data collection, data analysis and applied research associated with the project that is set to run over a two-year period. Professor Imraan Valodia is the project leader. Glen Robbins and Myriam Velia are the two senior researchers.
The project is funded by the Employment Promotion Programme (EPP) (pilot phase), the eThekwini Municipality, the national Economic Development Department, provincial KZN Department of Economic Development and Tourism and a consortium of other interested groups.
Large and Medium Manufacturing Firm Survey
News story in UKZN Online Vol, 2, Issue 3, 5 Feb, 2014.
The analysis of the data collected in 2014 is supported by the Programme to Support Pro-Poor Policy Development (PSPPD) Phase II, a partnership between the South African Presidency and the European Union under the Programme Addressing the Poverty and Inequality Challenge. This was secured under the NRF/DST-funded SARChI Chair in Applied Poverty Reduction Assessment.
Brief Description: In association with the World Bank, the members of the School have been involved in the design, collection of data, and analysis of a representative sample of 600 manufacturing firms in the Ethekwini Municipality area. This data, with similar data collected in the Johannesburg area, represents the only firm level data of manufacturing in South Africa. A paper reporting on the overall trends in the data has been written and a number of thematic areas, firm dynamics, labour market issues, and international trade are being explored. An extensive survey of informal enterprises was also conducted and a report written on these trends. (See also Collaborative Research Study of the Manufacturing Sector Firms in the eThekwini Manufacturing Area 2013 above)