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This next article came by way of a comment, and is an issue we have discussed a few times, albeit not recently and yet it is always present. The topic is worthy of comments. How does the ANC expect to build a nation without skills? In my opinion this isn't just about correcting an imbalance. This is part of the revolution. The ANC will only be satisfied once economic power has also been removed from white hands.
Affirmative Action is VITAL but I feel dreadfully despondent with regard to the lack of opportunity in this country of ours because requirements for employment are forcing outstanding talent out of South Africa. I am in the recruitment industry and would like to cite just two current examples of many that I could give you: A 24-year old who completed his Masters Degree in Commerce CUM LAUDE (2008), who has shown great leadership in terms of activity on committees, extensive involvement in sports, who is wonderfully engaging, well organised and comes highly recommended. He has been actively searching for an entry level position since late 2008 with no luck. He is now going to the East to teach English! His applications are rejected for one reason only – he is a White South African.
The other candidate, a well-experienced senior-level Manager who heads up a division in one of SA’s leading companies, is highly qualified in terms of Tertiary Education, and has exceptionally strong experience. The doors should swing open wide for this 30-or-so year old candidate but they barely open a crack based on one criteria alone – she is a White South African.Talent is talent and, together with exceptional experience, is vital to the growth and development of our country & its businesses. Yes, Affirmative Action is an essential tool in our country, but the application of Affirmative Action has been taken too far and we are now harming ourselves irrevocably! We seem to have reached the point where talent is considered virtually worthless. I would appreciate hearing other points of view or getting some comment?
Hat Tip: Gemini