The changing landscape of the spaza retail outlet amongst black South Africans

Keywords: Spaza, economy, micro business, retailing, grocery, entrepreneur

Abstract

The Spaza retail outlet is predominately found in South Africa’s black populated areas or townships. It also has a historical significance to it because, during the apartheid years, black people were not allowed to move freely by the white minority rule. This study is qualitative research where the author carried out an extensive literature review to look first, at the background, characteristics, challenges, and future directions that affect the Spaza micro businesses in South Africa. The research aims to first highlight the importance of micro-businesses. Second, to highlight the need for South Africa’s government initiatives to support small businesses for sustainable growth of the economy and to explore whether this support is far-reaching enough to protect the Spaza retail shops. The authors rely on Karl Marx's theory of class struggle as the theory informing the study. Some of the findings are: Spaza owners need to be more trained in business management, entrepreneurial skills, advertisement, social networking and marketing research, accounting and bookkeeping, technology, and innovation concerning promoting their businesses. The Spaza's annual revenue stream for the South Africa government currently stands at 5.2 % of the GDP.

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Author Biography

Shaka Yesufu, University of Limpopo

Department of Research and Development

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2021-09-30
How to Cite
Yesufu, S. (2021). The changing landscape of the spaza retail outlet amongst black South Africans. EUREKA: Social and Humanities, (5), 12-23. https://doi.org/10.21303/2504-5571.2021.002050
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Business, Management and Accounting