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Employees’ perceptions of the implementation of affirmative action in the health sector in the Standerton District in South Africa

E Rankhumse, G Netswera, M Meyer
Curationis | Vol 24, No 4 | a891 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v24i4.891 | © 2001 E Rankhumse, G Netswera, M Meyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2001 | Published: 28 September 2001

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E Rankhumse,, South Africa
G Netswera,, South Africa
M Meyer,, South Africa

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Abstract

Since the inception of a fully democratic government in South Africa in 1994, government and trade unions have been placing increasing pressure on government departments and public institutions to introduce steps to correct racial discrimination through the implementation of affirmative action (AA). This study, which was carried out in the Standerton Health District, assesses employees’ perceptions of and attitudes towards the implementation of AA. A quantitative design was used. Data was gathered from a total population of 360 employees by means of a questionnaire. The study revealed the following major themes:
• Respondents feel that if AA were effectively implemented, there would be an increase in productivity.
• There is strong support for the implementation of AA appointments.
• The implementation of AA will fail if the goals of AA are not properly and effectively communicated to all employees.

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