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The creative industries in South Africa


Date posted:

2022/11/01

Publication year:

2008

Corporate author/s:

Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU); HSRC; Sociology of Work Unit

Person/s author/s:

Joffe, Avril

Output-type:

research report

Format:

pdf

This report delivers three observations made from an analysis of the South African data sources and research into creative industries since the CIGS process. First, data quality and availability: The first observation from this analysis is that research into the creative sector is relatively new, there is little comparability between the studies completed and the information collected is not based on thorough quantitative methodologies. In addition, studies have tended to duplicate the focus areas of the CIGS process and recommend similar interventions to those contained in the CIGS reports. Secondly, definitions and the classification of the sector. The second observation is that the terms used - cultural industry, cultural sector, and creative industry - are fluid and lack definition. South African research in the cultural industry has changed focus as international definitions have changed. Thirdly, sector profiles of the Creative industries, including film, craft, music, performing arts, visual arts, and cross-cutting sectors are provided.

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