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Unpacking The Disparity Between Employment Levels And Contribution To GDP Within The Craft Sector

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Unpacking The Disparity Between Employment Levels And Contribution To GDP Within The Craft Sector The Visual Arts and Craft are recognised in many countries as having the potential to create employment and contribute to GDP. The recent SACO mapping study of the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) in South Africa showed that the Visual Arts and Crafts Domain accounts for 53% of CCI jobs, but contributed only 8% of the GDP contribution of the CCIs. The aim of this report is to use national-level data to unpack the workings of the Visual Arts and Crafts (VAC) domain, and particularly the crafts sector, from a number of angles in order to gain a better understanding of its potential for development and the constraints faced by the sector.
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