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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Sefoko, Ngwako Moses
URN etd-04292005-122220
Document Title The role of networks in the commercialisation of rural weavers of Northern Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa
Degree Magister Institutionis Agrariae
Department Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development
Advisor Name Title
Dr O T Doyer Committee Chair
Prof J F Kirsten Committee Co-Chair
Prof L D'Haese Committee Co-Chair
  • economic development projects evaluation
  • agricultural information networks Kwazulu-Natal So
  • rural development Kwazulu-Natal
  • weavers Kwazulu-Natal
Date 2004-04-20
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This study identifies intra- and inter-organisational barriers to commercialisation 0f rural weavers in KwaZulu-Natal and evaluate the role of local networks in procurement, processing and marketing activities in order to reduce transaction costs. The study specifically investigates the way local networks a san alternative organisational mode can become a solution to minimise transaction costs of rural weavers. The expectation is that weaving groups incur less transaction costs during commercialisation when they have well established local networks. This follows as transaction costs give a reflection of the market given the operating environment. The access to market information, assets, extension services and remunerative markets is of commercial importance.

An exploratory analysis suggests that existing networks in craft businesses in northern KwaZulu-Natal have an impact in reducing some of the transaction costs of weavers, thereby improving weavers' economic performance and commercialisation process. Local networks have therefore shown to be not only a pre-condition for non-local networks, but an important vehicle for information exchange, co-ordination of fragmented activities, conducting training services, and guarding against market failures for weavers. However, the two fundamental questions to be asked for future research are how to create local networks to improve supply chain functions in similar or different socio-economic settings to this study's cases and how to assure the sustainability of networks.

2003, University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria.

Please cite as follows:

Sefoko, NM 2003, The role of networks in the commercialization of rural weavers of Northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, MInstAgrar dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-04292005-122220/ >


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