Research on the limited success of entrepreneurial activity by locals in townships and rural areas was undertaken as part of the National Planning Commission’s economy work-stream’s task of prioritising township and rural economies as vehicles for achieving nationwide objectives of transforming and growing the economy, as well as addressing youth unemployment. The purpose of the research was to enable the NPC and its stakeholders to:
- Gain deeper insights into the context of and challenges faced by township and rural economies
- Inform the processes for reviewing and assessing existing strategies for developing and supporting these economies
- Formulate new and/or refine existing strategies aimed at addressing these challenges as envisioned in the NDP.