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When is it OK to use quotas?

14 April 2014, 07:28
It's been reported that our government feels that the current representation in sports is not up to the standards it has set. It has decided to fix it by, raising the standard.

To come to this decision logically, you would have to do some investigation and thinking. You'd have to investigate to determine whether the population you represent is unhappy with the current state of affairs. I see no pointers to any such investigation.

But let's assume for the sake of argument and probability that the investigation has been done; black population that makes up the vast majority of our population is unhappy with their representation, and the black players themselves are unhappy for being excluded because of their race. 

We must now do some thinking. How do we fix this? We could encourage interest in sports by supplying schools with training fields and equipment. We could open academies for achieving young stars. We could send school coaches on training programs to become better coaches (and inadvertently giving them a qualified skill set.) 

Or, we could simply demand that the end product of all this training - our top provincial and international teams - be amended to pretend this is already in place. Let's stop any sort of support for teams that don't comply.

Our government has chosen the latter. And what you'll notice is that it is government focused. Government wants this done. Government won't support teams and sanction events. Government is tired of the situation.

I put it to you that nobody will say: "Oh well. We lost badly and the opposition team were laughing while they embarrassed us - but at least there were 60% black players in the team."
Sports unite our country. Think of the rugby world cups, think of that magical goal from Tshabalala in the opening game of the world cup. And think of that last game against Brazil where we were demolished. We all felt together.

Let's fix things by empowering, not demanding.
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