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.