Special Economic Zones in South Africa: Reflections from International Debates

Etienne L. Nel, Christian M. Rogerson

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Abstract

South Africa's experience with spatial economic interventions has had a chequered history with the Industrial Development Zone programme most recently failing to generate anticipated development. Current policy has shifted to the imminent launch of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) as tools for national (re)industrial development and supporting underdeveloped regions. This paper reflects on recent South African experience with spatial economic interventions and international experience with SEZs paying particular attention to their strengths, weakness and key establishment considerations. It is argued that unfolding South African SEZ planning can be strengthened by learning from the 'good' and 'bad practice' of international SEZs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-217
Number of pages13
JournalUrban Forum
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Industrial Development Zones
  • South Africa
  • Special Economic Zones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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