An assessment of employment equity and Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment developments in South Africa

Frank M. Horwitz (School of Management, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)
Harish Jain (Michael de Groote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Publication date: 3 May 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an assessment of employment equity, Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and associated human resource management policies in South Africa. Polices and practices, and progress in representation of formerly disadvantaged groups are evaluated.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper comprises a general review using descriptive primary and secondary data and qualitative organizational factors.

Findings

The pace of representation and diversity at organisational levels is incremental rather than transformational. Conclusions for policy makers and organizational leaders are drawn, taking into consideration socio‐historical, political and demographic context of this jurisdiction.

Originality/value

The paper's findings and conclusions are pertinent for public and organizational policy and practice.

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Citation

Horwitz, F. and Jain, H. (2011), "An assessment of employment equity and Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment developments in South Africa", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 297-317. https://doi.org/10.1108/02610151111135750

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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