Labour Laws

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

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These legislative frameworks make provisions for affirmative action, unfair discrimination and the definition of designated groups which are “Africans, Coloureds, Indians, women and people with disabilities” (Du Plessis, & Fouche, &, Van Wyk, 2004). The implications of these legislative changes in the external legal environments of organizations have thus; become the driving forces of South African organization’s internal changes. Changes in government regulations, in one form or another, have always characterised the external environments of organizations internationally.

What distinguishes the most recent spate of government initiated changes is the non-compulsory and incentives nature of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act of 2003. This Act may be seen as the most interesting due to the fact that not only does it encompass the evolutionary changes of secondary legislation (which is to say from initial enactment of employment equity to BEE to the current BBBEE), that further supports employment equity, but also gives incentives to corporate social investments strategies, meeting broader social aims.

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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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