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Social entrepreneurship as a way of developing sustainable township economies

Semape J. Manyaka-Boshielo
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 4 | a3830 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i4.3830 | © 2017 Semape J. Manyaka-Boshielo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 August 2016 | Published: 29 September 2017

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Semape J. Manyaka-Boshielo, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article investigates using social entrepreneurship as a way of developing sustainabletownship economies, so that poverty can be eradicated from the townships of South Africaand township dwellers can begin to play a role in the economic development of the country.The author also thinks it is God’s purpose for people to enjoy life, free from economic hardship.A reduction in poverty would also bring down the crime rate and other social ills. It starts bydefining and clarifying the concepts of ‘entrepreneur’ and ‘social entrepreneurship’. Itcontinues by looking in more depth into township life and its challenges. This is done throughreviewing the literature and observations obtained through participant observation research.Post-foundationalist practical theology believes in interdisciplinary dialogue as a means ofallowing the concept of social entrepreneurship to bring about a sustainable townshipeconomy. From the author’s observations, it became apparent that to see the attainment of asustainable township economy, training and development should start with a strong emphasison personal identity and interpersonal and business skills. The author, therefore, proposes aholistic approach to social entrepreneurship.


Entrepreneur; social entrepreneurship; practical theology; township; economy


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