Impetus for Social Sustainability in South African Communities: Lessons from Social Enterprises in Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25159/2708-9355/6869

Keywords:

cohesiveness, community wealth, social change, social enterprise, social sustainability

Abstract

The aim of this article is to contribute to the pursuit of sustainable social development in South Africa through local empirical evidence using selected social enterprises. The article used a qualitative research approach, an interpretive paradigm and a case study research design to investigate the way in which social enterprises promote social sustainability in South Africa. Three social enterprises were purposively selected, from which eight participants were interviewed. The data were analysed using the content thematic analysis technique. The findings indicate that social enterprises invest and create value in people and for communities for a better future, facilitate and improve approaches to community interventions, provide platforms for nurturing tolerance and cohesiveness in communities, and create wealth for social change in the communities. The authors conclude that a strategic attempt by social enterprises to invest in programmes and ventures that bring long-term positive social change is a vital ingredient for social sustainability and social development.

Author Biographies

Robert Mutemi Kajiita, University of Fort Hare

PhD

Simon Murote Kang'ethe, University of Fort Hare

Professor of Social Work

Deparment of Social Work and Social Development

Published

2020-10-31

How to Cite

Kajiita, Robert Mutemi, and Simon Murote Kang’ethe. 2020. “Impetus for Social Sustainability in South African Communities: Lessons from Social Enterprises in Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality”. Southern African Journal of Social Work and Social Development 32 (3):19 pages . https://doi.org/10.25159/2708-9355/6869.

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Section

Articles
Received 2019-09-27
Accepted 2020-07-22
Published 2020-10-31