n SA Mercantile Law Journal = SA Tydskrif vir Handelsreg - Blowing the whistle? : the future of affirmative action in South Africa (part 1)

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-0099
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2185



In South Africa, affirmative action is part of national policy to redress the effects of centuries of systemic discrimination against (mainly) Blacks and women, resulting in extreme inequality in all areas of society, with the workplace the focus of this article. Inequality is a socio-economic and structural problem that deals with the way in which income is distributed in society. This, in turn, affects economic growth and the ability to achieve equality and solve socio-economic problems.

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