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Title: Rural-urban comparison of manufacturing SMMEs performance in KwaZulu Natal province, South Africa
Authors: Zhou, Helper 
Gumbo, Victor 
Keywords: KwaZulu Natal;Location;Small enterprises characteristics;Performance;Rural;SMMEs;Urban
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2021
Publisher: Adonis and Abbey Publishers
Source: Zhou, H. and Gumbo, V. 2021. Rural-urban comparison of manufacturing SMMEs performance in KwaZulu Natal province, South Africa. African Journal of Development Studies (formerly AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society). 11(1): 7-31. doi:10.31920/2634-3649/2021/v11n1a1
Journal: African Journal of Development Studies (formerly AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society); Vol. 11, Issue 1 
Abstract: 
The paper investigated the role of location on the performance attributes of manufacturing Small, Micro and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa’s second-largest province of KwaZulu Natal (KZN). Panel data from 191 SMMEs covering three years between 2015 and 2017 were analysed using R software. The results utilising the Random Effects Within-Between (REWB) technique show that SMMEs in KZN have related characteristics but the extent to which they influence performance is moderated by location. The findings also indicate that the use of digital media and liability registration negatively affects the performance of urban-based, with no effect on rural-based enterprises. Based on the findings, it was recommended that SMMEs in KZN should focus on productivity, permanent employees, temporary employees and total assets to drive performance despite their locations. Based on this study, the government has an informed basis for the development of effective interventions for SMMEs in the province.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10321/3595
ISSN: 2634-3630
2634-3649 (Online)
DOI: 10.31920/2634-3649/2021/v11n1a1
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