The impact of wage-setting institutions on the creation and long-term survival of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor P.F. Blaauw en
dc.contributor.author Hadebe, Siyabonga Patrick
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-11T07:58:45Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-11T07:58:45Z
dc.date.issued 2011-10-11T07:58:45Z
dc.date.submitted 2010-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3896
dc.description M.Comm. en
dc.description.abstract The overall aim of this study was to investigate the impact of the wage-setting institutions, including bargaining councils and minimum wages, on the creation and long-term survival of small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa. The objectives of the study focused on (i) gaining an understanding of how the legislative requirements impact on SMMEs; (ii) investigating what needs to be done to assist small companies in order to cope with the burden of compliance with the prescriptions and provisions of the law; (iii) demonstrating how the current wage setting mechanisms are partly responsible for the promotion of capital intensive firms at the expense of small- and medium sized entities; (iv) investigating how other countries approach the issue of exemption of small businesses from the stringent requirements of labour legislation; and (v) exploring the possibility for the establishment of a separate dispensation that may be utilised to govern the wage-setting environment for the SMME sector. The study commenced with the review of different literature sources. First, the importance of the SMME sector in wealth creation and the role of the government in developing SMMEs were dealt with. Existing constraints and problems, other than labour-related factors, facing the SMMEs were identified with the sole purpose of highlighting the general conditions under which they operate. The support offered by government and other stakeholders in developing SMMEs in South Africa were also discussed. Second, an overview of wage-setting institutions that shape the South African labour market, i.e. the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), bargaining councils and the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC) was provided.For the purposes of this study, two case studies (i.e. Sweden and Egypt) were chosen and a comparative analysis of these case studies focusing on the wage setting environment was performed, with the hope of drawing important lessons for South Africa. The cross-case analysis revealed that there are differences and similarities in the nature of wage-setting institutions that are found in Sweden, Egypt and South Africa. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Small business en
dc.subject Wages en
dc.title The impact of wage-setting institutions on the creation and long-term survival of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa en
dc.type Thesis en

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