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The light at the end of the tunnel: how we build each other together

Historical factors that call for the establishment of affirmative action include inequalities when it comes to race, ethnicity, religion and gender. This is established to make sure there are no discrepancies regarding who receives education and employment.

The history of Affirmative Action around the world

This term was first used by the Executive Order No. 10925 in the United States. It was signed by John F. Kennedy to prevent discrimination in the workplace regardless of “race, creed, colour or national origin.” This was later revised to include women.

In Russia this is referred to as a quota system that was put in place to protect ethnic minorities, women and factory workers.

In Sri Lanka this was known as the Standardization Policy allowing the Tamil community to receive the same level of education as the Christian community that was historically favoured by the by British occupants.

In India this is known as Reservation which disallows the previously enforced “untouchable” status given to many people to be used as reason to deny work or education.

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa

The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment or B-BBEE is a revised version of Black Economic Empowerment policy that was established in 2001. It was changed from a way of rectifying the imbalances of South Africa’s past. The B-BBEE was redefined in 2003 as a ways of making it more inclusive for a broader scope of previously disadvantaged people. The goal shifted from rectifying the past to looking forward to a better future.

The B-BBEE Act was established to ensure businesses meet a set of standards to be considered valid. The codes a business must follow to meet these criteria include:

  • Ownership
  • Management and Control
  • Employment Equity
  • Skills Development
  • Preferential Procurement
  • Enterprise Development
  • Socio-economic Development

To manage these codes to ensure you are meeting your business requirements can become an immense task without the proper assistance.

Read more above on making sure your business is meeting these standards. We cannot grow if we do not band together. We are here to build each other to better the future of our countries.

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