Affirmative Action

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Affirmative Action in South Africa does more harm than good. * Page
* Discussion
* History
Affirmative Action was introduced to counter the effects of apartheid. However, the first democratic elections took place 14 years ago and yet affirmative action policies have strengthened. The policies, although implemented for an admirable purpose, have done the economy and moral of the country’s citizens more harm than good.  

All the Yes points
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It resulted in the South African economy starting on its back foot. 2. -------------------------------------------------
It has decreased moral throughout the country.
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It has unnecessarily extended into sports which affects the success of our national teams. 4. -------------------------------------------------
Skilled individuals carry the underskilled individuals who have been appointed due to their colour 5. -------------------------------------------------
Time to remove Affirmative Action from the EE Act
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AA does more harm than good
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It creates racism
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Lower class of worker is employed
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It becomes a weapon of revenge
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It is a racist policy towards those it is trying to help
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Affirmative Action is used to "create" jobs.
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It is stereotyping those it is trying to help
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It harms reconciliation
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You lost the moral high ground
All the No points
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Affirmative Action is necessary to combat racism.
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Many still feel that white people deserve what they get.
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The economy has strengthened.
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AA has not yet realised the visionary focus of the ANC government 5. -------------------------------------------------
AA does more good than harm
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AA is more harmful than good
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Solution is to take it from others
 
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Affirmative Action in South Africa does more harm than good. Yes because... No because...
It resulted in the South African economy starting on its back foot. Change was implemented too quickly and the policies were too broad. As a result the less qualified took priority in employment over those more qualified. This resulted in a number of young South Africans emigrating to look for other opportunities (popularly known as ‘the brain drain’). The economy therefore started on a back foot. The less qualified does not mean the same as unqualified. The hired individuals had the necessary skills. Positive discrimination is an accepted concept throughout the world and this is just another matter of justice. -------------------------------------------------

Affirmative Action in South Africa does more harm than good. Yes because... No because...
It has decreased moral throughout the country.
Many black people may wonder whether they are successful for their skills or for their colour, whilst white people are frustrated by a narrow window of opportunity. Moral is thus low. Although this may be true in some cases, it is not the same for everyone. Many black people will know that they are skilled enough for their positions, whilst many whites have made their own...
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