n Journal of Public Administration - The implications of training measures on the development of affirmative action appointees : insights from Mpumalanga public hospitals

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Since 1995, efforts have been made to overcome the skewed human resource patterns at high skills levels in South Africa through the repeal of old legislation and the commencement of various new government Acts. Beyond the legislative requirement, the success of human resource transformation is highly dependent on the implementation of an effective affirmative action (AA) programme supported by effective training measures. Such programmes usually have noble intentions but their effectiveness and success are greatly dependent on the support of the historic pool of skilled mentors, mainly the male whites. With a view to understanding the efficiency or lack thereof of the affirmative action training programmes associated with affirmative action policies, this research was conducted at 15 Mpumalanga public hospitals among 205 affirmative action beneficiaries. Among other things, the main views of the affirmative action appointees suggest that training interventions play a pivotal role in fulfilling their developmental needs. In this article the legislation underpinning affirmative action will be identified and discussed. Attention will be paid to the significance of training interventions. Barriers to training interventions will be identified and discussed.

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