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GCBR features in study on enterprise richness of South African towns

GCBR features in study on enterprise richness of South African towns

5/14/17
A study on the number of enterprise types shows a significant relationship with the total number of enterprises in (1) towns in different regions of SA and (2) towns in the same region, but seven decades apart. Entrepreneurial space in towns develops or disappears in a regular way as towns grow or regress, which is further proof of orderliness in the enterprise dynamics of SA towns. In considering the lack of employment and poverty in South Africa, the National Development Plan suggests that town and rural areas are important cogs in efforts to overcome these problems. Development plans that are out of sync with the observed regularities are perhaps bound to fail.
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Leading and lagging towns in business development in GCBR

7/7/16
Leading and lagging towns in business development in the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere  Reserve Biosphere reserves fall under the auspices of the Man and Biosphere Program of UNESCO. Sustainable development is, therefore, a goal. In order to assess this for a specific biosphere reserve, one needs to determine what development has already taken place. A recent study of enterprise development and dynamics in the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) focused on this aspect (the full report is available on the GCBR website). In a series of short contributions business development in the 16 towns of the GCBR are considered and the towns that are leaders and laggards in different business sectors are shown.
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Location underpins Tourism & Hospitality in GCBR

Location underpins Tourism & Hospitality in GCBR

12/5/16
Tourism enterprises, routes and the ocean in the GCBR The GCBR prides itself about its tourism industry. What can we learn from the distribution of tourism and hospitality enterprises in the GCBR? The relative strengths of the tourism and hospitality sector in the Gouritz Biosphere places are clearly influenced by their location. The tourism and hospitality sectors of Route 62 towns tend to be stronger than those on the N2 or coast. The successful protection and marketing of the Route 62 brand has clearly benefited all of the Route 62 towns, also De Rust, Prince Albert and Uniondale that are associated with or linked to it. The relative strengths of the tourism and hospitality sectors on the N2 are surprisingly weak given the fact that they are directly linked to the Garden Route. Read more about this sector in the attached report compiled by Daan Toerien.
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Mossel Bay dominates the construction sector in GCBR

Mossel Bay dominates the construction sector in GCBR

10/24/16
 Mossel Bay dominates the construction sector in the biosphere by far, followed by Oudtshoorn, Stilbaai and Swellendam. A comparison of the relative strength of the construction sector in towns  with the construction sector’s relative strength in the GCBR  indicates that there are only four leading towns in this sector: Stilbaai, Great Brak River, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. The rest of the towns in the GCBR are all laggards in the construction sector. Download the report:
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No lack of entrepreneurs in trade sector in GCBR

No lack of entrepreneurs in trade sector in GCBR

10/24/16
All towns of the GCBR have traders (green slices in map) and this is irrespective of the sizes of towns (red circles in map). In fact, the proportion of the number of traders to the total number of enterprises in the GCBR towns is very constant over a wide range of town sizes. Just over 21% of all enterprises are traders (see figure).  The figure indicates that the entrepreneurial space available for entrepreneurs in the trade sector is being used very effectively. Download the report:
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Albertinia is the foremost leading processor town in the GCBR

Albertinia is the foremost leading processor town in the GCBR

7/12/16
This analysis focuses on the business sector in the GCBR that adds value to primary products or produce of the region. The enterprises referred to here are processors and examples are wineries, cheese factories and so on. Processors are important in local economies because their products are usually aimed at more than local markets. As a consequence they play an important role in bringing money into local economies. Download the report:
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Heidelberg and Uniondale lead in Agricultural Products and Services in GCBR

Heidelberg and Uniondale lead in Agricultural Products and Services in GCBR

7/7/16
Note that this is not about farming operations but about the businesses that provide specialised products and services to the agricultural sector. The total number of enterprises of the GCBR towns varies quite a lot. Mossel Bay is the largest, followed by Oudtshoorn, Swellendam, Riversdal, Montagu and so on. The agricultural products and services sector constitutes overall a small part of all enterprises in the GCBR. However, agriculture is still considered to be one of the major economic sectors and it is necessary to consider which towns are important in servicing agriculture. Download the report:
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Enterprise development and dynamics in GCBR towns – hot off the press report available

Enterprise development and dynamics in GCBR towns – hot off the press report available

7/7/16
 Enterprise development and dynamics in GCBR towns – hot off the press report available… A quantitative study of enterprise development and dynamics in the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) has been completed. This is the first of its kind for a biosphere in South Africa. Two broad entrepreneurial types were identified: ‘run-of-the-mill’ and ‘special’ entrepreneurs. They differ in their importance in the growth or decline of towns of different sizes and a strong predictive capability with regard to this phenomenon was developed.
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