South Africa has arguably the most comprehensive and challenging affirmative action policies of any country in the world. But is black economic empowerment achieving its goal of correcting past injustices and opening up opportunities for black South Africans? Or is it in practice more harmful than helpful? In the first comprehensive review of BEE policies since 1994, respected political analyst Anthea Jeffery tackles this question head-on. She examines affirmative action in education and employment, along with the BEE generic codes and BEE in mining, the oil industry, and elsewhere. She also deals with land reform. This book is unique in drawing all the different aspects of BEE together and explaining often complex rules in simple layman’s terms. Jeffery also asks the challenging questions about the pros and cons of BEE that most commentators avoid.
Anthea Jeffery holds law degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand and from Cambridge, and a doctorate in law from the University of London. Her previous books include Business and Affirmative Action; People’s War: New Light on the Struggle for South Africa; and Chasing the Rainbow: South Africa’s Move from Mandela to Zuma. Since 1990, she has worked for the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), where she is Head of Policy Research and editor of the Institute’s policy bulletin.