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South Africa and Affirmative Action
This paper discusses black economic empowerment (BEE) and the challenge of managing diversity in South Africa.
# 106288 | 2,843 words | 8 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jul 30, 2008 in Hot Topics (Affirmative Action)

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The paper explores the solutions to South Africa's problem of unemployment and examines the disputed success of the black economic empowerment program that is the world's most rigorous form of affirmative action. The paper makes it clear that South Africa, like other nations, will make its share of mistakes. The paper concludes that there is much work to be accomplished and those mistakes will only serve to strengthen and improve the progress towards their future.

Black Economic Empowerment

From the Paper:

"Even as the white minority South African government gave way to the black majority government, reversing the affects of decades of apartheid is no small undertaking, and one that could take as many decades as apartheid existed to reverse that damage. The challenges that the country faces today are numerous; incredibly high crime and violent crimes rates; unemployment, poverty, poor education systems, poor infrastructure that has failed to bring to the South African people access to medical care and education as regards HIV/AIDS; sewer and water delivery systems that would reduce disease and ailments arising from poor sanitation and clean drinking water, and insufficient housing for its thousands of urban poor."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Black Middle Class Shops for South Africa. (2006, September 4). The Birmingham Post (England), p. 32. Retrieved December 7, 2007, from Questia database:
  • Cohen, C., & Sterba, J. P. (2003). Affirmative Action and Racial Preference: A Debate. New York: Oxford University Press. Retrieved December 7, 2007, from Questia database:
  • Gayer, A. D. (1935). Public Works in Prosperity and Depression. New York: National Bureau of Economic Research. Retrieved December 7, 2007, from Questia database:
  • Kovacevic, N. (2007). Righting Wrongs: Affirmative Action in South Africa. Harvard International Review, 29(1), 6. Retrieved December 7, 2007, from Questia database:
  • Marcuse, P. (1995, November). Transitions in South Africa: To What?. Monthly Review, 47, 38+. Retrieved December 7, 2007, from Questia database:

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