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The State of African Cities 2018 - Part C


The aim of the present study is to document the interdependence between Johannesburg and foreign-owned companies over time with a view to understanding the present-day context of foreign companies’ presence and impact on the city. The study methodology has been multipronged, relying on existing data and literature but is predominantly based upon open-ended interviews with stakeholders viz. CEOs of foreign firms, policymakers as well as local firms that are either suppliers to or competing with foreign firms. The remainder of this study is divided into three broad segments. The first explores the role of foreign firms in the creation of modern day Johannesburg, providing historic background and context to the study. The second segment constitutes the core of the research with findings on the current relationships between Johannesburg and its foreign firms, while the third and final segment reviews the policy implications for the future.

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