Administrative practices for improved environmental compliance of manufacturing small and medium-sized enterprises in South Africa

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The main constraints on SME growth in developing countries are regulations and legislation. Poor administration of environmental regulatory compliance is shown by the high number of SMEs in the manufacturing sector closing down annually in developing economies. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of administrative practices on environmental compliance by manufacturing SMEs in a developing country. This study adopted a quantitative research approach. A sample size of 215 administrative personnel and managers from manufacturing SMEs operating within Msunduzi Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, was selected. Managers and administrative personnel were selected to eliminate biased answers that favor organizations and because both may have had an opportunity to enforce administrative practices that adhere to environmental regulations. The sample size was selected using a probability sampling method. The study shows that respondents agree that environmental compliance is a mandatory practice for SMEs in the manufacturing sector. Although results show that SMEs are complying with environmental regulations, they still face challenges. The study further demonstrates a disregard for the organization and storage of assessment reports by administrative personnel working in manufacturing SMEs.

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    • Table 1. Demographic information
    • Table 2. Compulsory compliance with environmental regulations
    • Table 3. Administrative practices
    • Conceptualization
      Jabhisile Maphumulo
    • Data curation
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    • Formal Analysis
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    • Investigation
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    • Methodology
      Jabhisile Maphumulo, Celani Nyide
    • Project administration
      Jabhisile Maphumulo, Khethiwe Dongwe, Celani Nyide
    • Resources
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    • Visualization
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    • Writing – original draft
      Jabhisile Maphumulo, Celani Nyide
    • Supervision
      Khethiwe Dongwe, Celani Nyide
    • Writing – review & editing
      Khethiwe Dongwe, Celani Nyide