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Ramphele: We don't need AA

2007-05-29 08:16

Johannesburg - "We don't need affirmative action in this country," Dr Mamphele Ramphele told delegates at the launch of the Business Partners Women's Fund in Sandton.

Ramphele - who epitomises excellence in leadership at many levels, having served as deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town and as a director of the World Bank - said affirmative action was something that was brought in from the United States, where it was needed to uplift the minority who otherwise would never have had succeeded in getting their fair economic share.

According to her we don't need those measures in South Africa - though we do desperately need transformation, brought about by black empowerment.

"But then you have to ask who is empowered by whom? People, including women, have to empower themselves," she said.

Ramphele, who was a medical doctor before making her mark in other spheres and who currently serves as executive chair of Circle Capital Ventures, has herself experienced the prejudice still faced by women.

Some forms she had to complete for her appointment to boards had stipulated that she had to obtain her husband's permission to take up the position.

The R200m strong Business Partners Women's Fund, launched last week, is a step to help remove barriers to success for women in small and medium enterprises.

Comments
  • khathes - 2007-08-07 08:56

    he brains might be still freezed due to freezing weather last week, let her get some jump starters to get her brain functional.

  • bongi - 2007-08-07 08:56

    Education, and not AA, is the solution to poverty. What have all these newly empowered blacks done for the poor? Nothing!

  • J - 2007-08-07 08:56

    As a black person,anyone who tries to stop me from empowering myself is in trouble because i have a vision and no one can take it away from me.Viva Dr Ramphele

  • AA - 2007-08-07 08:56

    I thought AA *was* a tranformation strategy? Somebody needs to visit the AA!

  • petrolium - 2007-08-07 08:56

    You know, I dont like AA at all. As a young South African I feel that it only serves to keep the laziness that previous policies that promoted mainly Afrikaans whites into positions in place in SA. There are enough people (white and black) in this country who feel that they deserve something without being responsible for the effort to it to keep us going for the next 50 years. It saddens me that my children will need to suffer the fate of these short-sighted policies simply because white people and black people feel that theyre owed something simply because they live in Africa.

  • Mandla - 2007-08-07 08:56

    Dr Ramphele achieved her success without the help (hinderance?) of AA. She is a true role model for those who keep their fate in their own hands and dont blame other for their own incompetence. The world owes you nothing, get over it!!!!

  • Jakes - 2007-08-07 08:56

    Only the gravy-trainers would REALLY want AA: why in hell would anybody want to be employed based on skin colour and not ability if they werent just a LITTLE worried about their competencies? Hmmm? Ive seen some ATROCIOUS appointments into AA positions, and the company would have been far better off using skills as a measure. Im not saying dont groom people, but that will happen over time, because the best people grow into positions and then search for successors.

  • Doctors Fan Club - 2007-08-07 08:56

    The dear doctor has given SA an intellegent and educated opinion - what a pleasure, we need more of that. However, when reading many of the comments disagreeing with Dr Ramphele - we can see that there is a still dire shortage of educated and intelligent people in our great country.

  • Dee - 2007-08-07 08:56

    Dr Mamphele Ramphele is not an AA product and shes easily the most educated woman in South Africa. Listen to her objectively.

  • Mr BEE - 2007-08-07 08:56

    I think the Doc hasnt seen whats really going on in the real world (SA). We still have a long way to go in order to get to an equilibrium. In business its not easy to get a well meaning contract especially in the private sector. They will give you work that does not equate what they pay you, and you just have your resources abused. AA and BEE still needs to enforced till we reach that level where by we see blacks starting up (not buying BEE shares (deals)) powerful businesses, just like in Europe and America.

  • magtigemoer - 2007-08-07 08:56

    All Hail Dr Mamphele Ramphele

  • Jan - 2007-08-07 08:56

    Its high-bloody-time people of influence in this country started saying things that make sense...shes got my vote as well!

  • GBOB - 2007-08-07 08:56

    Congratulations.The first African academic who stand up for the "right thing".As a "coloured" I have seen how AA are strengthening the idea that the world owes us something.It makes us weak.Equal opportunities,excellence & hard work will transform our society.As a demogaraphic consequence the majority of achievers will be black.

  • boyzie - 2007-08-07 08:56

    Tell us doc...how many people have and are still benefitting from AA...and how many from BEE? Its sort of easy for you to come up with these sort of utterances...youre one of the who is benefitting from BEE...sitting in not less than 5 boards!

  • dj - 2007-08-07 08:56

    In 20 years time we will need true AA in order to protect the whites. ie. protection of the minority group

  • Jacques - 2007-08-07 08:56

    She will get my vote!

  • Tumi - 2007-08-07 08:56

    Sir, with due respect, I think that Dr. Ramphele is making a big mistake like other black professionals are making. AA has nothing to do with incompetency or inferiority. It is just giving a chance to someone who was previous denied the opportunity. The negative connotation that goes with AA is due to blacks being scared to classified as inferior by their white counterparts. We do not need to be affirmed by someone else to be regarded as being competent.We, people of colour of SA never got any reperations from the humilations of the past. Personally, I do not buy into Dr.Rampheles statement.

  • Mose - 2007-08-07 08:56

    I think what Dr. trying to do is, to awaken the sleeping dogs. it is true that most things that were introduced in our beautiful continent are not helping us, instead are bringing us down, because we did not come up with it then when it reaches the level of people it fails. So Rampahlele she very right we need to go beck to our roots to make sure that as South African, Africans what is it that we can do as people. Ja ne, Keep it up Dr.

  • Pro. - 2007-08-07 08:57

    She does know what she is talking about, She should have listened to the deputy President last week.

  • Clint - 2007-08-07 08:57

    I agee with transformation and understand it but I want to see more and more faces when it come to BEE. Not the same select few ( Sexwales, Ramaphosas and Ngukas ). BEE should just be BEEFS, Black Economic Empowerment Few Selected

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