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Stakeholder collaboration and inclusive sustainable economic growth in rural areas: the case of Msinga Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal.

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Background: The new democratic South Africa inherited vast socio-economic backlogs from the previous government. To address these, the government enacted a large number of iterms of legislation and policies and had to transform and reform community-based institutions and structures, to redress the existing socio-economic inequalities including the high rate of unemployment, and poverty. Moreover, the government is now required to render goods and services that promote and empower all stakeholders, permitting them to participate in and to contribute to the economy. In order to improve inclusive and sustainable economic growth in rural areas, the collaboration of all stakeholders including the private sector, NGOs, NPOs, Traditional Leaders and the wider community remains critical. Objective: The study aimed to ascertain the extent to which stakeholder collaboration contributes towards advancing inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the rural areas of Msinga Local Municipality in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. Methodology: The study adopted a case study strategy which employed a qualitative research method to analyse specific issues that affect the sustainable economic growth within the boundaries of the specific environment. A case study was appropriate for this study because it can provide an understanding of the strategies used to advance inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the rural areas of Msinga Local Municipality. This study used nonprobability, purposive sampling to select study participants based on the knowledge of the research phenomenon being investigated. Results: The findings of the study confirm the need for stakeholder collaboration in order to advance inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Msinga Local Municipality. The study also identified inadequacies in stakeholder collaboration, which have negatively impacted on inclusive and sustainable economic growth and which have resulted in poor service delivery and the rapid increase in violent and destructive service delivery protests. Conclusion and recommendations: From a policy perspective, the study concludes with recommendations that Msinga Local Municipality should coordinate and manage stakeholder collaboration more effectively in order to advance inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Theoretically, it is anticipated that this study should provide valued practical and theoretical insights for future studies involving stakeholder collaboration.


Masters Degree. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.