19 years into democracy and we still have huge challenges of development:
- Institute for Economic Research on Innovation
- We undertake research that seeks to promote sustainable economic growth, social development and political democracy
- We are centrally concerned with evidence-based policy research
- We believe that academics should not only interpret the world without doing anything to change it
- South Africa’s economy is largely driven by cities
- Towns and cities serve as concentrations of economic activity within the national spatial economies
- Economies of scale
- Specialised business services
- 71% of population live in cities and towns, particularly along the coast, Gauteng, and Limpopo and...
- Profession and professional
- Rise of information age and professionals
- South Korea, Japan, Germany, Afrikaners in South Africa
- Thought leadership
- Local as sub-national
- Concluding remarks
In managing Gauteng as a global city region it will be important to enhance:
- Alliances with regional universities and research centres
- Boost the regional innovation systems of Gauteng
- Overcome silos in policy making and improve co-ordination in the management of the city region
South Africa remains one of the world's largest producers of gold, despite the majority of its deposits being several kilometres below the surface. In the late 1960s the depth of the gold deposits motivated the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (COMRO), the industry's cooperative research institute, to undertake research and development of alternative technologies to extract the gold-...
It is widely accepted that innovation is key to economic growth. Countries where research and innovation are high on the national agenda are best suited to prosper in the knowledge-based economy. Conversely, countries whose economies are mainly dependent on natural resources and basic industries tend to lack competitiveness and flexibility in adapting to changing global trends. The...
This paper explores innovation in rural health care systems in remote or marginalised areas where limited public health care is available. To overcome this challenge and satisfy the universal demand for health care, populations in remote rural areas often rely on multiple private providers that deliver services based on various sources of knowledge (both traditional and modern sciences). Rural...