English:In South Africa a growing policy focus is support for the development of craft
enterprises. Policy interest in the craft sector derives from its close linkages
with tourism. The aim of this article is to provide a critical analysis of the major
constraints that confront the craft sector in South Africa. It is argued that policy
interventions must deal with the problems of both those groups of craft enterprises
which are oriented to external markets as well as those which are more narrowly
focused on local markets.