"White South Africans love to bash affirmative action. With a lot of the bashing being based on false information, we thought we would take a closer look" writes Nic Andersen in The South African.
Affirmative action, BEE, BBBEE, or maybe even white privilege. For many white South Africans, these are terms that irritate them or they’re “sick of” hearing about. If you’re one of those people, then you probably think affirmative action is “unfair”.
Before we dive into this, let’s look at why the Department of Labour says affirmative action is necessary.
South Africa suffers from high levels of poverty, racism and inequality. This can be almost entirely attributed to centuries of conflict between white settlers and indigenous Africans. Apartheid reduced black Africans to the periphery of the economy. Many were condemned to landlessness and poverty.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the BBBEE Commissioner held a conference on Tuesday 29 March 2016 to help black-owned businesses implement the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act correctly and to counter BBBEE fronting practices.
Held in Midrand with “Do it right and lead from the Front on Empowerment” as its theme, the conference also provided the overview of the BBBEE Act and the recently launched Black Industrialists Programme as interventions by government to drive economic transformation.