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Controversial move – ANC poised to pass new race-based job laws – comparisons to apartheid arise



Employment Equity Act

Amidst daily blackouts in South Africa, Paul Morrison’s engineering works in Johannesburg faces a critical situation. Due to proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act by the African National Congress (ANC), he may have to retrench many of his employees solely based on their skin colour. According to The Epoch Times, these amendments, which aim to restrict employment opportunities for “non-black Africans further,” have raised concerns about job security, economic stability, and racial equality.

The ANC’s affirmative action and black economic empowerment policies already limit the employment of white individuals, particularly in management roles. However, the proposed amendments intensify these regulations, sparking heated debates about their impact on the workforce and the country’s economic future.

Opponents argue that the amendments establish racial quotas, making it illegal for businesses to terminate jobs based on race. The Democratic Alliance (DA) vehemently opposes these amendments, claiming they perpetuate social engineering and hinder true economic transformation.

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If implemented, the DA estimates that nearly 600,000 South Africans could lose their jobs, significantly impacting white, Indian, and coloured employees. In addition, there are concerns that these regulations may discourage foreign investment due to their perceived complexity and unfairness.


Supporters argue that the amendments seek to rectify workplace imbalances and promote diversity and equality. They contend that the government needs the power to set equity targets by sector and region, allowing for a more representative workforce. However, critics remain sceptical, viewing the amendments as a strategy to maintain political control and secure votes.

Amidst this debate, business owners like Paul Morrison find themselves caught in a challenging situation, trying to navigate employment equity regulations while sustaining their businesses and preserving jobs. The future of South Africa’s workforce and the balance between equality, economic stability, and meritocracy hang in the balance, marking a crucial moment for the country’s pursuit of inclusive growth and social transformation.

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