The author interviews some South Africans of different hues, about the idea of race, what it has meant to them and how they envision a future South Africa, steeped as the country and its people are in a highly charged and often unacknowledged world of racial sensitivity. Amongst the interviewees are Naledi Pandor, Minister of Education; Wilmot James, executive director of the African Genome Education Institute; Rhoda Kadalie, journalist and human rights activist; Melanie Verwoerd, former South African ambassador to Ireland; Phatekile Holomisa, president of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa); and Carel Boshoff, the founder of Orania, an Afrikaner homeland established in 1991 in the Northern Cape.
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For a while it was necessary to promote the concept of black people's upliftment in business, social and other areas. But this has gone on for more than 22 years. It's no longer necessary or applicable.
A new generation of bright and skilled black people have taken up these opportunities, and Affirmative Action has taken up much of the slack regarding opportunities for black people.
There are numerous Black Forums which have been created, and no all-white forums exist to protect the rights of whites.
Chris Hani said in a speech that there should be no white people, and that there should be no coloured people, and no black people; THERE SHOULD JUST BE PEOPLE. I think he saw South Africa as a country of equal opportunity.
I agree with this. Racial issues divide us. Racial issues cause hatred. This applies to all sides.
We cannot solve the Apartheid problems by creating a reverse Apartheid. Elitist attitudes are wrong.
All people should be equal. There should be no discrimination. The best people for jobs should be employed.
A new group of super rich black people has been created, but not logically. These people were or are politically connected, and many do not add value to society. They simply consume what was already there. This causes failure in business which is economically unwise, and detrimental to the country, and causes legitimate disdain.
Many shilled people have left the country because there are no positions available to them, or because the senior management is ineffective, and under-educated, or unsuitable to their positions. John
am not a racist but
Race in the notsonew South Africa
Who are we?
What is racism?
The aftereffects of apartheid
Is racism a South African problem?
Can racism ever be eliminated?
Racism in the media
Criticising government Is this racism?
Is there still a need for exclusively black or white organisations?
How do we explain apartheid to our youth?
Language and race