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South Africa - A land of equal opportunity for all

05 February 2014, 07:13

The question begs – why does government still enforce unequal selection with regards to employment opportunities? Why give certain races an unequal opportunity to gain access to the working environment? I have several, if not many, extremely intelligent African friends – who themselves find this system to be outdated, why? Simply put, amongst fellow colleagues respect is never fully attained because they feel that they have just been employed due to skin colour even if those individuals of colour may have been the smartest people from the candidate pool. 

The government has boasted that the education system is working, the have showed time and time again the results achieved, the number of distinctions, achieved amongst all races. The government fuels this policy of unequal selection through their incentives offered to firms - who are forced to select on skin colour and not on merit. What then is the outcome? We end up with a pool of extremely talented individuals who choose to flock to more colourful markets with more equal opportunities. The government has banned the statistical counting on the number of people that leave the country every year to find work elsewhere – since 2003 as the numbers grew exponentially shocking.

Do you want the economy to bounce back? Is not fair to have a South Africa that provides equal opportunities to all – who have the required skills to complete work? I have seen many talented, fiercely competitive African employees, do not discredit them because of a few lazy individuals. Firms are offered incentives to complete this selection process, rather distribute those funds to more rural schools and develop their infrastructure as opposed to fuelling the laziness of potentially talented individuals. Statistics do not lie, statistics the government enforces, and our education system supposedly is working – then why cripple the labour market? Nelson Mandela had a dream of a rainbow nation – a land with equal opportunities for all – why cast a shadow over this dream?

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