Local economic development in South Africa: Strategic challenges

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Since the democratic transition, local economic development has been a growing feature of development planning in South Africa. The major objective of national government promotion of local economic development (LED) in South Africa is to forge robust and sustainable local economies. This paper analyses 15 years' experience of LED planning, and identifies strategic challenges that face LED planning in South Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-495
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopment Southern Africa
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Local economic development
  • Local government
  • South Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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