A Study of Migrant Entrepreneurs from Ethiopia in South Africa
The objective of study was to assess and evaluate factors that affect entrepreneurial activities carried out by
formal and informal migrant entrepreneurs from Ethiopia who conduct business operations in the nine provinces of South
Africa. The study was descriptive and exploratory in nature. The design of the study was descriptive and cross-sectional.
Data was collected from a stratified random sample of size 3, 045 migrant entrepreneurs from Ethiopia who conduct
business in the nine provinces of South Africa. Stratified random sampling was used for the selection of eligible
entrepreneurs. The study found that about 76% of businesses operated by migrant entrepreneurs from Ethiopia were
profitable, whereas the remaining 24% of businesses were not profitable. About 32% of entrepreneurs were attracted to
South Africa due to better infrastructural facilities. About 25% of entrepreneurs were attracted to South Africa due to better
socioeconomic conditions. About 78% of migrant entrepreneurs had conducted business in South Africa for five years or
more at the time of data collection. About 34% of businesses paid tax to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on a
regular basis. About 38% of businesses employed at least one South African in their businesses. About 85% of entrepreneurs
stated that they had good working relationships with members of the various local communities in South Africa.
Keywords - Ethiopian migrant entrepreneurs in South Africa, Viability, Logit analysis