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Sibongile Qulu
Sibongile Qulu

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Examining the impact of Local Economic Development Strategy as a planning tool to reduce youth urban poverty: A case study of eSikhaleni H, –Ward 21 and eNseleni, Ward 8 at uMhlathuze Municipality

The country is experiencing a high level of youth unemployment. This challenge is exacerbated by the current Covid-19 pandemic that is ravaging our world. It is this reason that municipalities are encouraged to sustain themselves during these tough economic times, by coming up with strategic economic recovery plans and Local Economic Development programs. In the centre of all these strategies the youth and women are prioritised.   Therefore, the study is aimed at examining and critically analysing the effectiveness of Local Economic Development Strategy as a planning tool to reduce the youth urban poverty within the informal sector: A case study of eSikhaleni at uMhlathuze Municipality. eSikhaleni-H Section, Ward 21, and eNseleni Ward 8 these are Townships in Richards Bay within King Cetshwayo District Municipality. They are made up of middle and lower income population groups.   In order to achieve the objectives of the study, the research will use the Mixed Methods that is both Qualitative and Quantitative research approach, which entails face-to-face interviews, direct observation and questionnaires. The theoretical framework of the study will be based on: Neoliberal Theory, Modernisation Theory and Growth Pole Theory. The research will adhere to the ethical requirements, address the expected limitations and practicalities of the study as well as potential risk. Thereafter, will conclude by emphasizing the objectives and make recommendations of the study.