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UNPAN017987. University of Cape Town Sees Affirmative Action Rift. Instead, unease with the current approach has spilled out over the past year in fierce exchanges on newspaper editorial pages and formal debating platforms.

University of Cape Town Sees Affirmative Action Rift

Sixteen years after the political ascent of the black majority, the university’s dilemma resonates across a society conflicted about how best to achieve racial redress, whether in corporate board rooms or classrooms. Prof. Neville Alexander, a Marxist sociologist who was classified as mixed race under apartheid, has roused the campus debate with the charge that affirmative action betrays the ideals of nonracialism that so many fought and died for during the long struggle against apartheid. Professor Alexander, who spent a decade imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela, insists that the University of Cape Town, which is public, must resist pressure from the government to use racial benchmarks in determining how well the university is performing.

Hollywood gets it wrong over Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar. Directed by Clint Eastwood, with Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar, the movie purports to tell the story of how Mandela used the Springboks and the tournament as a mechanism to unite a divided nation.

Hollywood gets it wrong over Nelson Mandela and Francois Pienaar

The thesis of the film is that Mandela planned the campaign a year out from the World Cup to the extent that there are scenes of him in the film poring over the various qualifying groups, trying to work out who the Boks will face in the quarter-finals. That much is poppycock. Mandela and the rugby hero who rejected the prejudices of a white childhood.

Among certain white communities in apartheid South Africa, it was taken for granted that Nelson Mandela was a terrorist who must remain behind bars.

Mandela and the rugby hero who rejected the prejudices of a white childhood

That was drummed into the young François Pienaar, who would one day welcome Mandela to his wedding and name him as godfather to his two sons. The men came together when Pienaar captained South Africa to victory at the 1995 Rugby World Cup. When the blond Afrikaner shook hands with the black freedom fighter turned president, they instantly forged one of the country's defining images of racial unity. "François here is the symbol of reconciliation," said Ahmed Kathrada, a fellow prisoner of Mandela on Robben Island, when he shared a platform with Pienaar at the One Young World summit in Johannesburg last October. "Invictus" - Official Trailer. What happened to South Africa's vision of racial equality? Fourteen years after Nelson Mandela proclaimed the birth of the rainbow nation after 350 years of white oppression, a comedy has popped up on South African television called Coconuts.

What happened to South Africa's vision of racial equality?

By the end of the first episode, a white family, who takes a black maid on its caravan holiday so she can do the dishes, has been punished for its prejudice and turned black. The black maid wakes up to find herself much paler. From then on it is debatable whose misery is greater - the shocked former white people who blame the new order for their situation ("I'm telling you, it's this damn government. Is black economic empowerment working? When South Africa held its first democratic elections in 1994 the balance of political power finally turned.

Is black economic empowerment working?

Since then the challenge for the country has been how to transfer economic power from a white minority to the black majority without destroying the economy itself. That question is at the heart of the movement known as Black Economic Empowerment, or BEE, which has been a key but controversial policy of the ANC government. At a recent conference in Cape Town, wine industry executives discussed how to bring black empowerment to what is one of the country's oldest industries. More than window dressing Although wine making is one of South Africa's best established industries, it is also seen as a bastion of white influence and affluence. Less than 1% of wine producing companies are owned by black businessmen. John Platter, a SAWIT trustee, said the conference was not just about recognising this.

"We have been keen not to do things for show. More stick than carrot? Too radical Top down. 'Black economic empowerment has failed': Piketty on South African inequality. Thomas Piketty is puzzled.

'Black economic empowerment has failed': Piketty on South African inequality

To a near-capacity crowd in Soweto, he confesses that South Africa presents him and his fellow economists with a conundrum. 10 Years In, South African Affirmative Action Faces Criticism. JOHANNESBURG — South Africa is observing the 10th anniversary of the law that brought affirmative action to the workplace for black South Africans.

10 Years In, South African Affirmative Action Faces Criticism

The Black Economic Empowerment law - commonly known as BEE - was meant to redress decades of inequality by implementing quotas for black workers in South African companies. Ten years later, however, the policy has its share of critics. "Hi, how are you? Let's quickly run through the plan. We're gonna start with ownership. " Every year, Thabo Mokoena goes through the same audit. World: Affirmative Action in South Africa - nytimes.com. Untitled. Employment&UnemploymentTrendsInPostApartheidSA. South Africa unemployment is worse now than at the end of apartheid. FACTSHEET: Unemployment statistics in S. Africa explained. South Africa has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world.

FACTSHEET: Unemployment statistics in S. Africa explained

Politicians often bandy about claims about employment in an attempt to score political points. When the claims sound too good (or bad) to be true our readers get in touch. Over the last year we’ve looked at numerous employment claims. Does South Africa really employ more civil servants than the US? Are 31.5% of white men jobless? This factsheet looks at how unemployment is measured. Policies for social equality. GEAR. South Africa: Economic Policy and Development. : Economic Policy and Development on richardknight.com This document was produced for Shared Interest, a not for profit social investment fund guaranteeing South African bank loans to community development financial institutions engaged in 's reconstruction process.

South Africa: Economic Policy and Development

Shared Interest and its Swiss associate RAFAD have established the Thambani International Guarantee Fund in South Africa, which strengthens grassroots organizations and enables them to provide affordable credit for small business and social housing in South Africa's low income communities. Visit www.sharedinterest.org for more information. [Back to Bibliography] [Home to richardknight.com] Reconstruction and Development Programme - Wikipedia. Economic policy. Africa's Political Response to HIV/AIDS. (July 2002) The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is often described as a crisis that demands the same kind of mobilization and response that would be necessary were a country at war.

Africa's Political Response to HIV/AIDS

Analogies are often drawn with the liberation struggles that freed much of Africa from colonial rule. Yet, the political response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been, and remains, inadequate, although a dramatic trend toward a more favorable political environment has emerged in just the past few years. Avoidance vs. Commitment. South Africa: The ANC government and the AIDS crisis. By Barry Mason 5 July 2000 South Africa currently has four million HIV/AIDS cases and the figure is projected to rise to 7.5 million by the year 2010. Yet the ANC government of President Thabo Mbeki has no effective programme to tackle the developing catastrophe. The government's National Council of AIDS does not even have representation from members of local AIDS community groups, health professionals, activists or voluntary bodies.

In 1997 South Africa attempted to obtain cheaper versions of the AZT drug treatment which is available in most western countries. It was blocked by the world pharmaceutical industry, which took up a law suite against alleged breach of intellectual property rights. Rather than take up any challenge to the pharmaceutical corporations' drive for profit, President Mbeki has recently taken a different tack.

South Africa's AIDS Epidemic (1999) Miracle Rising®: South Africa - Voting. Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki. Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki was born on June 18 1942, in Mbewuleni (meaning ‘place of seed’), a tiny village in Idutywa in Transkei. South African National Defence Force and MK. HIV/AIDS in South Africa - Statistics, Facts, and History. HIV/AIDS is perceived to be more prevalent in South Africa than anywhere else worldwide. About 12% of the South African population is affected by HIV/AIDS; excluding children, that percentage rises to 18%.

Truth Justice Memory: South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Process [Introduction] "THE QUANTUM LEAP" F.W. de Klerk's Speech to Parliament - February 2, 1990. Soweto Uprising: The Story Behind Sam Nzima's Photograph. South Africa elections: have 20 years of democracy truly transformed nation? The new South Africa goes on trial again this week. Twice. On Monday, Oscar Pistorius returned to court to buttress his charge that this was a country so ravaged by crime that he had to arm himself to the teeth in expectation of murderous burglars. On Wednesday, 25 million registered voters will go to the polls – the first since Nelson Mandela died in December and the fifth in our 20-year-old democracy. Both events are being watched closely. The born free generation: 20-year-olds in South Africa prepare for first vote – video.

South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid. How SA emerged as a democracy from the crises of the 1990s. History Matters blog. South Africa: Over the rainbow. ON JUNE 26th 1955, 3,000 South Africans gathered in a dusty square in Kliptown, a district of Soweto, a sprawling black township on the outskirts of Johannesburg. South Africa: Has democracy delivered? De Klerk on Apartheid: "I haven't apologized for the original concept" (Separate but equal)