ASSIGNMENT NUMBER ONE (1)
ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES
4 MARCH 2013
Question 1: Is the affirmative action policy morally defensible? Explain.
Yes affirmative action is morally defensible in that:
South Africa has been characterised by many years of workplace inequities and imbalances of the past particularly blacks who were treated in an inhumane manner and denigration.
In 1994 the new democratic government came into power and had a moral duty to eliminate all forms of discrimination and thereafter level the playing field at the workplace, hence the affirmative action policy was introduced and legislated. Since blacks were marginalised certain jobs and skills were reserved for white minority in some sectors of the economy thereby robbing our economy of its potential and productivity. Whereas the introduction of the affirmative action policy uncovered skills and untapped talent, created more jobs in responsible positions and thereby allowing our economy to grow stronger and compete in the global markets.
The harsh realities of the past regime created divisions between black and white communities and promulgation of this policy assisted in closing that gap and normalise the conditions at the workplace. Therefore the policy allowed companies and government to utilise all people to the maximum potential and created improved relations and communication between organised labour and management.
QUESTION 2: In your opinion, which country has successfully implemented the policy of affirmative action and why did it succeed?
QUESTION 3: In your view, why did South African government choose to implement Affirmative Action policy and Act, and was it ever justifiable?
Certainly the policy of Affirmative Action is justifiable in that:
Central to the democratic government was the...
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