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Affirmative action, BBBEE and formation of the legislation framework of SA

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In light of the rigorous demands from competitive forces that are placed on the competitive market, organizations are further faced with the strategic demands of change in the form of broad ranged state or government legislative policies. Strategies and legalistically inclined initiatives seek to enforce broader social aims of overcoming economic disparities, entrenched inequalities which continue to characterise the economy and act as a deterrent to economic growth, economic development, employment creation and poverty eradication.

The driving forces of change organizations encounter in their socio-political environments can thus, be attributed to broader transformational aims of democratisation, taking place in the South African environment. As a cause this transformation has had a trickle-down manifestation of empirically measurable affect on the organization’s socio-political environment. The social development role of state and government can no longer be seen as disassociated from the broader social aims of organizations, (in the light of corporate citizenship) where the beneficiaries of a sustainable public/private participation in economic development is society at large.

Formation of legislation Framework

The legislative framework for the transformation of the South African economy is enshrined in “the final Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996, the Labour Relations Act of 1995, implemented on 11 November 1996, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997 and the statute for Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998” (Du Plessis, & Fouche, &, Van Wyk, 2004). The recent changes through the introduction of the above mentioned legislation reveals much in the way of including previously disadvantaged designated groups, which is legally guaranteed by the constitutional right to equal opportunity.

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  1. Pamela Watson Reply

    I am not in favour of the totally BEE employment that is happening in South Africa. It is unfair as there are a lot of other colour people in S A that are quite capable of doing the jobs. The current government must remember that the White South Aficans voted for the Referendum to take place and gave every body the vote because they wanted change in the country. If they knew they would be un-employed I doubt if they would have been so generous. NOW our government is talking about brain drain and wanting to recruit 50,000 foreigners simply not on. WHY not employ the people in the country or try and get back the South African people that left?

    • pamela i think you comment/statement is completely rediculous in that you dont consider all factors that are very relevant. i will summarise in saying that the EE act and BBBEE act intends to redress the injustices of the past, we all know what those injustices are and i nedd not eloborate further… Black people were oppressed and had virtually zero opportunity to make a decent living, now with the current democracy in place that is the first step but one should alsl condider the fact that it is up to government to level the playing field and this is done through implementation of such acts. i dont see why anyone would disagree or see that as wrong…

  2. Because BBBEE does not properly work at all. Nearly 20years past, South Africa still struggle with unemployment rate because most of you do strike every year. No progress. This is not the first step. you have to understand you ruin your country’s future by your own hands.

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