n Journal of Public Administration - Affirmative Action Policy : the administrative efficiency and socio-cultural impact on the South African society

Volume 44, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



This article analyses and evaluates the implementation of the affirmative action policy in the context of South African public administration and its societal impact. The affirmative action policy in the South African context does not apply to only the South African public sector employees, but applies to all South African companies in order to balance the unequal representation of the South African labour force in terms of race, gender and disabilities. In the context of this article, the affirmative action policy addresses the unequal representation of the South African public servants in terms of gender, race and disabilities. The successful implementation of the policy assures the South African society, a just, democratic, and equal opportunity representative public administration, characterized by harmony of diversity in race, gender and disabilities. Often the implementation of certain policies, bring more challenges into the picture than the deficiencies they were intended to solve. The purpose of this article is, therefore, to determine the extent to which the affirmative action policy is beneficial to the South African public administration, and to the South African society, in terms of economic, cultural and political development. The article establishes whether the policy hinders rather than assist the South African society's political, social, and cultural development.

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