State Owned Enterprises In South Africa: A Pinocchio Paradox

Priviledge Cheteni
University of Fort Hare

Yohane Khamfula
North West University



The state plays an important role in the South African economy. SOEs viability is projected to be a pivotal part in leading the transformation agenda by a number of departments because they are spearheading economic development. Nevertheless, the rapid ascendency of SOEs in driving economic growth has been with negative consequences for the South African economy, with a number of them being viewed as driving nepotism, corruption and non-aligned state agendas. This has led to conflicts with market driven economic development of the South African economy, and hindering competition between the state-owned enterprises and private-owned enterprises. Download the full article