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No, white people not excluded from South African job market 

“White people now finally excluded from the South African job market,” reads the headline of an article on the site South Africa Today.  

The 2014 article claims the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Amendment Bill  “eliminates all white people including the disabled” from the job market. 

The article is still being shared on Facebook in South Africa

Bill introduced in 2011

The bill, introduced in 2011, was aimed at the sustainable economic empowerment of all black South Africans, particularly women, workers, youth, people with disabilities and people living in rural areas. The bill said this could be achieved by:

  • increasing the number of black people who manage, own and control businesses

  • skills development 

  • equal representation in the workplace 

  • investment in businesses owned or managed by black people 

It also sought to expand on the definition of “black people”  to include “Africans, Coloureds, and Indians who are citizens of the Republic of South Africa”.

The bill became law in January 2014. Neither the bill nor the final act say that white people should not be given work or be “excluded from the job market”.

Untrustworthy website

South Africa Today is a known misinformation site. It has no contact information or “about” page. But a 2018 investigation by News24 revealed that the site is run by a South African living in Thailand. 

The KnowNews tool, developed by non-profit Media Monitoring Africa, alerts readers to the credibility of websites.

It says this about South Africa Today: “WARNING. This site may contain dodgy news. Think twice about trusting any story. Think thrice about sharing.” – Africa Check


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