Be part of a reflective and insightful discussion to jump-start South
Africa's second miracle to radical economic and social transformation where all its citizens, black and white,
create and share equitably in the country’s economy.
Cyril Ramaphosa has said that a core part of radical social and economic
transformation is a renewed focus on the labour market to “convince those
who have not yet understood”, that it is not possible to grow and sustain an
economy that excludes black people – the majority of whom are African and
If human beings never made judgments about the way you look, your age, your
race or numerous other traits that have nothing to do with your qualifications,
skills, experience and potential, there would be no real or perceived
experiences of unfair discrimination. The human brain naturally puts things in
categories to make sense of the world. It is the values we place on
different categories that are learned which often get us into problematic
situations. Often, unfair discrimination stems from fear
and misunderstanding. Stigma is unfairly and destructively associated with
Employment Equity and Affirmative Action. One’s background, personal
experiences, societal stereotypes and cultural context can have an impact on
the employment and promotion decisions and actions without you realising.
Implicit or unconscious bias happens by our brains making exceptionally quick
judgments and assessments of people and situations without us realising.
Our biases are influenced by our background, cultural
environment and personal experiences. We may not even be aware of
these views and opinions, or be aware of their full impact and implications.
"Research has highlighted bias by gender and ethnicity and found that
unconscious bias can heavily influence recruitment, selection and advancement
decisions". - https://www.ecu.ac.uk
Defensiveness and feeling
victimised are normal and universal. They are also the archenemy of listening.
Defensiveness and feeling helpless for being unfairly victimised makes it
impossible to truly know each other as human beings or to be known. When
we feel attacked, we become defensive. When we feel victimised by
characteristics we have no control over, we become angry and vulnerable.
Discrimination takes a toll on the physical, mental and emotional well-being of
everybody even when we are not conscious of it as perpetrators and as
recipients. Ultimately our organisations and country bear
the costs of not maximising all talents and putting shoulders to the wheel to make South
Africa prosper for all.
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