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Type Thesis or Dissertation - Master's thesis
Title An investigation into the geographical trends in the sectoral composition of the Cape Town economy
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
The purpose of this research is to examine the geographical trends in the sectoral composition of the city of Cape Town economy between the year 2000 and 2005. The research is informed by related studies and theories that argued Cape Town is developing a post-Fordist spatial order characterised by the development of edge cities and the excluded ghetto. It investigates the extent to which the service sector or producer service is becoming decentralised, and the growth it had experienced compared to the manufacturing sector. We have used sectoral composition data by areas to determine the locations of the service and manufacturing sector, and undoubtedly to test this theory. To achieve our research purpose, data on actual locations of the manufacturing and service companies have been used to determine growth. The spatial trends under debate include 'edge cities' or suburbanisation, the 'excluded ghetto' and 'spatial mismatch'. The implications of the service sector growth in selected geographies are central to the study. Our findings confirmed the growth of the service sector and low decline in the manufacturing sector in the City of Cape Town.

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