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Informal moneylenders in the Limpopo, Gauteng and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa


  • Pakama Siyongwana


The article provides a critical analysis of the informal (unregistered) money-lending business and how it has served as a survival strategy for black South Africans. Using data obtained from 657 informal (unregistered) micro-moneylenders in three South African provinces, namely the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo, an analysis is undertaken to highlight how the business is organised, conducted and marketed, and how income generated from it. Provincial spatial variations and similarities relating to this economic activity are noted. Finally, the article aims at highlighting of the informal microlenders' responses to affiliation to the Micro Lenders Association and registration with the Micro Finance Regulatory Council.

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  • Pakama Siyongwana, 2004. "Informal moneylenders in the Limpopo, Gauteng and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(5), pages 851-866.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:21:y:2004:i:5:p:851-866
    DOI: 10.1080/0376835042000325741

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