Threats to boycott Woolies

Threats to boycott Woolies

2012-09-05 08:21

Johannesburg - Woolworths Holdings [JSE:WHL] must open all job positions to all race groups or face action, Solidarity said on Tuesday.

The trade union intended starting a campaign against the retailer if it did not change job advertisements on its website stating that only black, coloured and Indian candidates would be considered, deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann said.

"Solidarity demands that the group amend the advertisements before noon on Wednesday... The Employment Equity Act does not make provision for the exclusion of any race as far as applications are concerned."

Woolworths denied claims that it was reserving all jobs for designated groups - blacks, coloureds, Indians, women, and people with disabilities.

"The Employment Equity Act expects all South African companies with more than 50 employees to plan our workforce by race, gender and disability," the company said in a statement.

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  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-09-05 08:32

    Who will boycott them? The black population? It will have to be the whites as they are the ones who invariably support Woolies. Do they have the "guts" to do it? I don't think so - 2012-09-05 08:39

      I must say its boycotting them would be the right thing to do, pressure on the bottomline can change a company's policy. But lets face it most people lack the will power to do it. Most will be complaining about woolies at a braai in a couple of weeks while eating cooking woolies goods.

      JaredVN - 2012-09-05 08:39

      Guts? I used to shop there regularly, but they will not see my white money again. Down with RACISTS!

      denis.delaport - 2012-09-05 08:42

      Dont need the guts, "B"oolies already on my no go list.

      demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-05 09:12

      No, whites just MOAN. They're not proactive and so should rather shut up.

      christo.stone - 2012-09-05 09:14

      I will. I shop there almost everyday. Not anymore. Not until they fix their racist ways.

      lerato.kay.3 - 2012-09-05 09:23

      We live in a democratic country nobody is forced to shop there; boycott and see if they care in the meantime go shop at Boxers and OK

      alexander.muller.16718979 - 2012-09-05 09:28

      mfrater - 2012-09-05 09:34

      I am loving the fact that Woolies share price is down nearly a full percent on only 30 min of trade so far today! Welcome to the world where the consumer holds the power to change your company WW!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-05 09:41

      I will support such a boycott. This is absolute rubbish. It's partly because of this type of discrimination that we held a referendum for change. So most of us supported the change and now it works against us. Stuff that. I'll support the boycott.

      tyroymike3 - 2012-09-05 09:44

      Guys - lets be reasonable !! Woollies , like all SA companies are forced to comply with recruitment and staff regulations - there is no alternative - for any one. As for denying white people job opportunities - are you serious !!! There is a world wide economic meltdown that is going to completely change the way we exist in the new world. The percentage of ' formally disadvantaged ' SA people benefiting from today's policies are a drop in the ocean compared to the number of unemployed and unemployable seething masses. Wake up !!! Make sure your children - black , white and purple are educating themselves for the new economic world order that is happening right now ! You want a job ?! Get real !!!! focus on upskilling yourself and your kids - there is an economic poo - storm heading our way that will make all these pointless and irrelevant racist bickering just that - pointless and irrelevant !! Or you can just let your kids lay around playing computer games , smoking pot , skateboarding and waiting for a 'job' to jump up and bite them !!

      christof.coetzee - 2012-09-05 09:45

      Woolworths has removed their previous racist statement, but they forgot to remove it from the actual job listings on "Woolworths is committed to the principles of employment equity DESIGNATED EE - (African, Coloured & Indian only)"

      eben.vanderrmerwe - 2012-09-05 10:11

      You'd be supprised how many people would participate given the current political climate and ever threatening situations. I for 1 would definitely participate.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-09-05 10:45

      I see Woolies shares are down 1.66% today. I guess the threats of a consumer Boycott are having some effect on investor confidence already. I think that people should send a message to companies who post blatently racist ads.

      sticky.toffee - 2012-09-05 11:32

      Woolies your food is just too good to boycott...I will eat it in the quiet and complain in public with the rest of the complainers

      neil.ross.5473 - 2012-09-05 11:52

      You'll never see me in a woolworth's store ever again. The new Pick 'n Pays are just a good and cheaper too. Bye forever racist woolworths.

      george.casper.315 - 2012-09-05 12:29

      Hey sticky I'm taking the bait, you deserve the ANC !!

      john.zen.33 - 2012-09-05 13:05

      No this is just the start Susan.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-09-05 13:36

      guys seriously why are you blaming Woolworths ... theyre just playing according to the damn government's rules ...

      SarelJBotha - 2012-09-05 15:24

      I know that I am boycotting them and hope some others also do what is right. Sasol is next on the list.

      andre.heymans.58 - 2012-09-05 15:43

      maybe they just don't want to waste time (time = money), why interview white males when they basically not allowed to hire them?

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-05 15:54

      I support WEE, white economic empowerment

      sam.tyrone.1 - 2012-09-05 18:02

      I shop there everyday...well, I used to. I am one of those who actually will stop to shop there. Don't underestimate us, we are tired of being discriminated against. FIY, it does not require "guts" to simply do your shopping at another store.

      passop.virmyma - 2012-09-05 18:30

      Why even bother with boycotting? All they will do is change the advert to please the masses. It isn't too hard to apply the "BEE POLICY" at the interview stage and filter the applicants the way that the advert intended. It needs to be a permanent boycott for it to be effective but as so many others have said here, nobody will follow through. Shopping at Woolies is just too convenient...

      kevin.greig.56 - 2012-09-05 20:03

      Already started, Mike......buying from SPAR as of today...and many others of us in the North of Joburg....gonna vote with our feet this time !!!!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-09-05 22:52

      Can any of you here complaining remember what the WHITE tellers at OK, Checkers etc looked like ? They were a miserable, sulky, couldn't care less lot. And to crown it all half of them never had teeth and all had oily hair. You lot can complain, I will keep shopping at Woolworths irrespective of who's employed and who isn't. It's not about the colour, it's about the service, and at the Woolworths where I shop I get good service. That's it in a nutshell !

      tw2066 - 2012-09-06 07:01

      I stopped buying their cr@p when they got into bed with China, dropped their standards and raised their prices. As for this issue - they can blame it on legislation, but they didnt have the guts or will to challenge a blatantly racist policy. AFTER 18 YEARS WE STILL PURSUE EE ??

      james.bondiski - 2012-09-06 09:38

      As a white in this country i will be boycotting these racist pigs!!! Who do they think they are!! Stuff you woolworths

      andrzej.zieba.568 - 2012-09-06 10:25

      Woolworth need to be on the list not only for racism. Try to buy there a South African product. You will be spending hours there in an effort to find one. If you play that card , black South African will join in as well. This is not only the race issue, it is a matter of us surviving as a nation.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-06 10:34

      "The Employment Equity Act expects all South African companies with more than 50 employees to plan our workforce by race, gender and disability." That's the law, folks. Not Woolies' preferences. The LAW.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-09-06 11:59

      WW isn't the only big company in South Africa wanting to 'transform' their employee demographic to a Black one - there are many of them. However, if the message starts getting out, and people start boycotting these businesses, then instead of having to fight physically, we can start fighting with our wallets. And no weapon is more mightier in the long term than the almighty dollar. It's time for White consumers to stop buying from those who discriminate against them. By supporting their products and racist hiring policies White South Africans are financing their own elimination from society. I'll be shopping at 'Food Lovers Market' or Spar from now on! Let your voice be heard here!/noworths or follow on twitter

      desire.lombard - 2012-09-06 12:04

      Net sodat almal weet, Pick en Pay is ook BEE. n Vriendin het so ruk terug n bestuurder genader en wou iets vra oor n produk. Voor sy haar mond kon oopmaak is daar vir haar gese: We dont employ blacks. We are BEE. Ek is maar n Checkers klient. Baie goedkoper as PnP en Woolies.

  • neil.harris.370177 - 2012-09-05 08:34

    Another company without an absolute clue!! The way I understand Affirmative Action is that in the event of two people of SIMILAR skills and experience, the position should go to the historically disadvantaged individual. This barring one race is absolute racism and bullhonky! Woolworths doesn't care of ensuring suitability of the candidates, it only cares of filling a race quota! WHICH is completely against the spirit if what is intended. I lived in the US, they also have affirmative action but the companies there are practical in its applications!!! Woolworths well done, joined the list of idiots giving transformation a bad name and creating more divides in this country!!

      peter.ndamase - 2012-09-05 09:02

      8/10 whites applicants will always be preferred because of english literacy and confidence, remember confidence is also gained when the language of communication is 100% understood. Black people will once again be disadvantaged. Nothing can be fair about AA or transformation, it has to be managed well but there has to be big winners.... and big losers. I am not boycotting Woolies, they have the best products in the market.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-05 09:02

      Neil, this is not AA, it is EE - a legislation that is required by law of a company with more than 50 employees. EE covers white women. Also people with disabilities, not exclusively people of colour..

      alexander.muller.16718979 - 2012-09-05 09:35

      neil.harris.370177 - 2012-09-05 09:59

      I hear you PointBlank but both stem from the same thing, Employment Equity basically states that your workforce must be representative of the nation at large (i.e in percentages) and the way to achieve same is affirmative action. You are still not simply expected to hire blacks or indians or whites for the sake of hiring same, you must ensure they are suitable for the position. I am an entrepeneur and I currently have a workforce of 416 and I therefore comply and submit my equity reports. Some of my empoyees in my factory are involved in HARD labour, it is obvious why I do not hire disabled people in that segment and you can reason on that basis. What woolworths and SAA are doing is "hmmm, we have 40% whites, oke lets hire some blacks" to do what sir? "who cares, just hire blacks" that is completely contra the purpose of EE/AA policies. Funnily enough, most the times the stupid decisions are made by a white person in management, who believes you wont find suitable black people anyway so any black will do. 60% of my upper management are female (mix of white and black) all of which are extremely competent and trust me you pay for it.

      sticky.toffee - 2012-09-05 14:27

      Excellent comment Neil. Its the reality that some uninformed individuals just cant comprehend. But well put mate.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-05 20:28

      Pointblankza, instead of debating the point you made, our friends choose the easy way out: click 'not like.' I can bet Solidarity is going to lose this one

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-09-06 10:33

      True Neil, and by not allowing white aplicants to compete with black aplicants for the same position based on similar skills and experience, Woolworths actually acknowledge/insinuates that the black applicant will not be able to compete. Black people should also feel offended by this!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-06 11:06

      "Stuff the law", you say? And yet you'll fume and rage when taxi drivers exhibit precisely this sort of lawless contempt? Or striking miners?

      leon.m.delport - 2012-09-06 13:32

      Eltorro. Woolies might change their policy on paperbut when it comes to interviews they must choose the candidate of colour. Experience tought me that you can not compete with any black candidate because the all have "potential". Solidarity might win this 1 but it's behind the Woolies doors where they determine the "potential".

  • JaredVN - 2012-09-05 08:35

    What Woolworths is doing is attempting to hide its immoral and unjust anti-racism behind BEE and AA legislation. All apartheid laws were however also put in place by proper acts of parliament, but few people today would argue that these were moral or acceptable laws. Furthermore, as Solidarity points out, white women and white men with disabilities are also designated groups, and by deliberately excluding these persons, WW is contravening the unjust and immoral laws in any case. To me it is simple: If I am too white to work for these RACISTS, I am too white to shop there too. Let us express our anger at these RACISTS by boycotting them.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-05 09:04

      Oh god, Jared, give it a rest, you gonna have a heart attack by the way you ranting all over the place..

      tw2066 - 2012-09-06 07:05

      100% Jared, !!! Pointblank shooter shouldn't put you off with his assessment of your health - you are entailed to an opinion.

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-06 11:07

      Hypocrisy, much?

  • jimmy.kotze.3 - 2012-09-05 08:36

    Woolies shame on u.

  • gvangreunen - 2012-09-05 08:36

    Eish, the whities are getting restless! First SAA and now Woolies - it's about frigging time. After all, we may be the minority, but we still have the spending power!!! I've already spent about 10K with British Airways since the SAA debacle, now I'll have to cut up the wife's Woolies card as well.

      demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-05 09:14

      I have been told that British Airways/Comair will not consider application by WHITES!!!!

      gvangreunen - 2012-09-05 09:20

      @demi, if that's the case we don't have any choice, but I would find it hard to believe. Perhaps they apply AA in the way it is supposed to be applied i.e. preference will go to the darker applicant if the qualifications are the same, but not the outright rejection of white applicants.

  • nathan.davies.1257 - 2012-09-05 08:38

    Lol BEE and EEA. Don't they contradict each other, yet only used when either is suited to the situation.

  • tatsee - 2012-09-05 08:42

    Ok-so,Woolies is now on the list? We have SAA,1time,KFC,Shoprite,ANC.Do you think these 'boycotts' will work?Think about another strategy coz this seems childish now.

      arm.witmens - 2012-09-05 08:49

      yes, i would not expect you ti understand the basics. You can barely walk upright. So , take your anc, 1time ( bankrupt ) SAA ( state funded ) shoprite ( white owned ) and shove it.

      tatsee - 2012-09-05 08:58

      @Arm,rant all you like,throw out all your toys all you like,BOYCOTTS WILL NOT WORK.I will set you a task.Go to your nearest Wollies today,get a rough percentage of white shoppers that flow into the shop and review the percentage of whites that will flow into Woolies over the next 7 days (when the 'boycott Woolies' campaign will be at its peak)I bet you my bottom cent that percentage of white shoppers will remain constant coz people just DONT CARE except for when they are on the News24 comments section.Boycotting wont stop transformation and you know it.I almost forgot that McDonalds was also blacklisted (or is it white listed?) but my local McDeez is currently packed with white clients :-)

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-05 09:05

      Wow, Arm you calling out Woolworths as racist but clearly you one yourself, "You can barely walk upright." Really?? Stinking racist.

      arm.witmens - 2012-09-05 09:08

      @point - where did i say that exactly?

      Sarah - 2012-09-05 09:10

      People shop at Woolies cos it's good quality stuff and 1 of the few clean shops left but if they carry on like this it will very soon change and become another Shoprite and u'll no longer have the same people shopping there

      arm.witmens - 2012-09-05 09:16

      @tat - thats right. Eat your "mcdeez" and revel in your superior numbers. The minority wont make a dent. Well, thats what SAA thought. You think its all about money in the cash registers? Its not. Controversy has a nasty habit of affecting share prices as well. Think bigger picture. If you can.

      demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-05 09:19

      Boycotts worked very well in the 1980s when almost the whole world boycott South Africa for the apartheid regime. Now the world needs to boycott SA again for the anc regime.

      gvangreunen - 2012-09-05 09:27

      @tatsee ... what your under-developed mind doesn't appear to grasp is that even if it is just the people on this forum and those near to them that take their business elsewhere it will be felt in the bottom line of these companies. In today's tough economic times companies are fighting for every single customer!

      marwaan.daniels.9 - 2012-09-05 09:28

      Hahaha...well said Tatsee...try an change governemnt policy...why is Woollies scrutinized when all companies must adhere to government policies....they just hiding it...race, disibility etc...did some of you not get jobs at Woollies...move on people..some idiot trying to get exposure

      lynette.mufaro - 2012-09-05 10:30

      Do you really think that a couple of boycotts (yes,all 2 of you) will hurt Woolies bottom line???I bet you that you will be back in Woolies by Friday.P/S,you might wanna click your 'send/receive' button coz the boycott Woolies memo is stuck in your outbox as Epsom Downs Woolies is chocka-block with whites!

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-05 10:53

      @tatsee. I must agree, I like there prawns and soup. They also have clothes that fits me(lol) Will it work? Dont know, but if it is than true what commentators on this site say, that white still controls the economy and still have all the wealth, it can just work. You must now decide if whites still have "all the wealth" or not. I am not at that stage of boycotting them, but I will keep my ear on the ground for the truth. Not that they get much monies from me. I cant afford it. I am busy saving by not replacing my old worn clothes. I hv heard I must help to built a palace for a certain king's wife.

  • freddy.vandermerwe.7 - 2012-09-05 08:44

    30 days woollies free!!!! checkers better and better!

      hamish.drake1 - 2012-09-05 08:49

      and cheaper

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-05 09:06

      Expired food, enjoy.

      alexander.muller.16718979 - 2012-09-05 10:17

      @PointBlank Expired food? really, why's that? You're an idiot!

      barker.ruing - 2012-09-05 12:47

      @PointBlank - I see you, like me, also scrutinise the sell by date at Checkers. Caught out once, but never again. On one occasion, I accidently fell into the eggs, bringing quite a few trays crashing to the floor, all with the sell by date long gone. This was after I brought it to the attention of the store manager the day before.

      barker.ruing - 2012-09-05 12:50

      But, then again, they also forget to take the special prices tag off the shelves. Get to the till and the higher price pops up. Argue that the price is different on the shelf, go with supervisor and show the price tag. We come back and I get the cheaper price. Tomorrow the price tag is still there.

  • customdesign - 2012-09-05 08:48

    This is dumb, go look in the newspapers and see how many jobs are advertised as BEE, and now everyone is deciding to pick on Woolworths? I'll make a point of shopping there just because of these stupid boycotts.

      arm.witmens - 2012-09-05 08:52

      So if i employ whites only im a racist, but if i employ blacks only, im contributing to the economy? Double standard much?

      mfrater - 2012-09-05 08:59

      Chop you seem to be misled. Advertising a position as BEE is one thing, specifically stating in your advert that whites are excluded (as in the case of WW) is an entirely different thing. Remember that the act says disabled white woman and men are considered under BEE. Excluding them is thus not BEE but racist! -- catch a clue man

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-05 09:07

      MWF, they did not say "whites are excluded".

      JHLR73 - 2012-09-05 09:09

      Hey hooligan Holdaningono- please grow a pair or get a backbone. Pathetic people like you who just accept everything and do not care about others or do not stand up for anything makes SA the way it is...

      mfrater - 2012-09-05 09:24

      @PointBlank, you need to read a bit more on the subject - perhaps follow the discussion on their facebook page. Indeed their first advert DID say excludes white candidates. After the start of the racist accusations (about a week ago) they changed the wording to then exclude whites by specifically stating only "blacks, coloureds and indians" would be considered. Again they were lambasted and again they updated the wording to its current form. This has been going on a little longer than the article you are now commenting on. Read before you speak ;)

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-09-05 09:37

      MWF, advertising a position as BEE is RACIST it is virtually the same thing as advertising whites excluded, why do you think the families are ripped apart because the poor young white kids (that had nothing to do with apartheid) are leaving this country in their hordes becasue they have no future in their land of birth, it's disgusting and racist.

      customdesign - 2012-09-05 10:32

      This country is not going to be solved through boycotts and strike actions- these are the things that are ruining our country. There is no need to panic and throw a hissey fit, I'm so sick of us white South Africans moaning and complaining and feeling sorry for ourselves- it's pathetic. Get positive and make a difference. And JHLR73- this is me standing up and making a difference, just because I don't share your sentiment it does not mean that I don't have backbone. I feel sorry for people like you who have to resort to insults to be heard.

      JHLR73 - 2012-09-05 10:45

      @ Holdanigono- The country will also not move forward if people are discriminated against- must people just sit back and accept this, is this your solution?? We do not feel sorry for ourselves, we are standing up for what is right. In return people get angry, and starting to wake up and taking action, hence the downfall of the country is enevitable if we are not all traeted equal.

      customdesign - 2012-09-05 12:04

      The truth is we are not equal. On average we live in better houses, drive better cars, earn bigger salaries. On average, we have a cultural advantage of being better equipped to deal with money and to expect more from life. BBEEE makes it more difficult for us whites, but we are still rising above it by creating businesses and often we are still hired in Executive positions because of our experience and despite quotas. Even though there is a strong and growing black middle class in South Africa, if you really want equality, then we as white South Africans are going to have much more of a hard time than we are experiencing currently. I can honestly say, my living conditions are improving in SA by leaps and bounds, and I believe it is there for all of us if we keep positive and work hard, and we have the capacity and ingenuity to rise above these challenges.

      james.looch - 2012-09-05 15:30

      A position is not BEE - a company is if it complies with the norms set for BEE. Positions are advertised as AA or simply as "equal opportunity", which means the same, and leads to BEE - Black Elite Enrichment!

      graham.dutoit.12 - 2012-09-06 09:16

      @holdanigono. Your comment about us not all being equal is spot on. Your average Paramedic (who saves lives of young and old irrespective of colour) earns around R8000 basic per month. They work long hard hours. None of them have gone on strike and hacked policement to death. You are so right - we are not equal!

      psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-09-06 09:53

      @ Holdanigono, Actually the deluded ones talking about their "superior White" money are clearly ignorant of the fact that plenty of Blacks, Indians and Coloureds shop at Woolies with their "Black", "Indian" and "Coloured" money. If the "superior Whites" wish to boycot, let them. For they imagine that Woolies only caters for them. The rest of sane South Africans will continue to buy from Woolies and may we make it a point to shop there even more :-)

      Sarah - 2012-09-06 10:36

      @Holdanigoo...I think that "average" is fast changing. Everywhere u drive now u will see new Mercs, BMW's, etc being driven by people of colour. All fancy areas in Durban are full of people of colour. It may seem that we (white people) have it all going on for us but that's cos there's a lot less of us. Our parents have all worked hard just to pay for us to have a decent place to live and put food on the table. They also worked really hard to get us through school and college and now that was all just a waste. It is extremely hard to find any form of work due to "BEE"...we can be more than qualified for the job but we not the right colour so we are overlooked. And if we do happen to get a job, it will be starting from the bottom with a low salary while others with no education go straight to the top. We are better equipped to deal with money cos we were never just given anything for free...everyone had to learn to budget. White people just accept that this has happened, even though we not happy about it. U don't see us marching through town demanding increases etc, we are just happy to at least have some form of work. Things will definitely only get worse from here...then 1 day whites will leave and businesses will close due to no1 knowing what the hell they doing cos no 1 to show them. All very sad!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-09-06 11:12

      So the ad will invite all to apply and then they won't hire whites. But everyone's okay with that? The ad is "clean". Pity the poor white applicants then for getting their hopes up and wasting their time applying, because the ad couldn't alert them that they are wasting their time? Dumb and dumber!

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-05 08:51

    No jobs for whites = no money from whites! Boycott these racists

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-05 09:07

      Hey moron, A position was advertised, they still employ whites. Grow up.

      eddie.beavis - 2012-09-05 09:11

      In a nut shell!! they have always been an arrogant bunch to deal with, let's hope this burns their ass a bit!!

      alexander.muller.16718979 - 2012-09-05 10:23

      PointBlank works for Woolworths?

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-09-05 12:57

      Seems like you forgot how it feels to have everything prior 1994..

  • Jayson Wolhuter - 2012-09-05 08:52

    i did not like the company to start with. Now I have all the reason not to support them. They ask Whites not to be racist, which they should not but then all the exclusions for whites. Its reverse apartheid. congrats idiots!!! everything Mandela stood for is dying out.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-09-05 09:08

      They NOT excluding whites, the MAJORITY of managment is white, what you grumbling about?

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-09-05 09:26

      Oh god, point blank, give it a rest, you gonna have a heart attack by the way you ranting all over the place..

      alexander.muller.16718979 - 2012-09-05 10:31

      @PointBlank And what about entry level positions? Walk into any woolworths and tell me how many white sales people there are? Not every white person has the means go to university, or to technikon or to do a trade. There needs to be entry level jobs available to white young adults too.

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-05 08:53

    Thank you Solidarity for looking out for us.

      LordJerry007 - 2012-09-05 09:12

      Agg shame... You will conqur someday

      morne.hennings.5 - 2012-09-05 19:20

      @007 - and you will learn to spell someday...

  • walters.delia - 2012-09-05 08:58

    Well if I am not good enough to be employed by Woolworths, then my money is also not good enough to spend there, last time I shop at Woolworths. Surely this country has progressed far enough to employ people based on their qualifications and not the colour of their skin?

      cosmic.tone.3 - 2012-09-05 09:25

      Sadly no, skin color is the only thing that matter. Racism in South Africa is alive an kicking. In certain government IT departments it has been more than 10 years since they appointed an Indian Colored or White person...

  • desertratbkf - 2012-09-05 09:00

    All their hideous clothing are in any case made in China! So it no more WW, SAA, or ANYTHING from CHINA!!! You can ALL go F yourselves!

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-05 09:04

    It is about time the some economic voting stated taking place. During apartheid companies where complicit in actioning the NATS racial plans. They created separate jobs, toilets, canteens, entrances etc for blacks. The same companies are rolling over the other way. Maybe a little bit of backbone and the middle finger from the customers will force boards to realise that they are playing the other side of the same coin and it is just plain WRONG.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-09-05 09:08

    I see all the "anti-racists" are throwing their ignorance around again..

      arm.witmens - 2012-09-05 09:10

      i see the village idiot is lost again

      syd.harling - 2012-09-05 10:55

      Pointblank is depriving a village somewhere of its idiot.

  • Sechaba30 - 2012-09-05 09:10

    Woolies must comply with solidarity but continue to employ only Black people.

      desertratbkf - 2012-09-05 10:56

      If you had one more brain cell you would bark! Troll!

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-09-05 22:55

      As South Africans, we should all abhor discrimination, however personally, I really am getting tired of hearing the same old rant as Neil.Phillips.7 displays. Without White money nothing works, does this country only consist of white people who contribute and pay tax, does the economy only include white? Is hard work, and professional qualifications only synonymous with Whites? I believe that the underlying racial tensions so prevalent in SA society today, lies in the belief that certain Whites based on their attitudes towards others send out the overall message that the White population are somehow superior to all other races. Today, people like neil.phillips.7 have a forum in which to express feeling victimised and marginalised, back in the day, to the Black, Indian and Coloured people of SA, it was law. Be sensitive as to how you treat the other minorities around you, you may need them one day!

      karen.meyervantonder - 2012-09-06 09:56

      "Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another…" Nelson Mandela, Inaugural Address, Pretoria 9 May 1994.

  • harrisralph - 2012-09-05 09:10

    Threats?? It's already happening...people are fed up with Woolworths. Have a look at their Facebook page via the link below, look at posts by visitors. Woolworths going to be in big trouble

  • lee.theron.9 - 2012-09-05 09:10

    I think if a point is made out of one the others will learn by it and this could help by ensuring all race get a chance of landing a job.

  • forrester.debeer - 2012-09-05 09:10

    My wife spends a huge amount with Woolworths. I am sure pressure from the customers will make them change their racist minds. We shop at Woolworth because of the high quality, but with policies such as these that will not last long.

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-09-05 12:59

      Plain and simple don't shop @ Woolies..

      diana.gill.18 - 2012-09-06 12:13

      This is called quality? We have spent fortune with them on baby's clothing. Guess what that stuff doesnt last a week since bought, colours fade, jerseys get bobbled, shoes loose soles...What about the food still consider Fruit&Veg the best. Well hope Edgars is not going to be boycotted.

  • clem.human - 2012-09-05 09:11

    like I always say, very little difference between a big corporate and the prostitute on the corner. Anything for money. Carry on reinforcing the new apartheid. Just like Mad Bob Mugabe - it is fine for black leaders to kill black people etc etc

  • kevin.ian.583 - 2012-09-05 09:14

    I will join the boycott of Woolworths. I researched the article and it is true EE wants the non-white candidate to be chosen if they equal the white candidate but if the minority group (whites) are excluded before the interview stage how can they even have a fair chance to maybe proove they are above the non-white candidate. Please spread the word and teach this racist company a lesson

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-05 09:16

    I havent had a macdonalds burger in three years , I dont see any woolworths food in my future anymore

      syd.harling - 2012-09-05 10:56

      I have never had a macdonalds burger - the box tastes better.

  • sam.swanpoel - 2012-09-05 09:19

    I'v been a woolies fan ever I started earning money some 50 years ago. So sorry I wasted so much of my earnings over the years. But sadly no more of my white money will they see.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-09-05 09:20

    At last, we have been behaving like helpless victims aroundd this issue for too long, this kind of passive action is long over due. Whites also need employment, it is insane to think otherwize.

  • ronald.kasasa - 2012-09-05 09:21

    these companies shd find away to advertise jobs without mentioning race groups .\r\nThe truth is blacks have 60percent population in south africa so they sh'd have more jobs in the company\r\nGET REAL GUYZ

  • nectarios.photiou - 2012-09-05 09:21

    You all make me laugh.. You will all still go and buy by Woolies, whether it's black, white, pink, or yellow. I go to a friendly store down the road from me and the shop doesnt really look that good, but their service & pricing is awesome. The Pick 'n Pay there around the corner always more bussier, prices Ridiculous especially on the meat, but yet they buy there. Woolies is the same. Most of the people commenting that they will not buy there anymore Don't care about Pricing or service - Just to be seen at "A Woolies" - Just my personal thought anyway.

  • mullervince - 2012-09-05 09:22

    The problem in South Africa and their laws are quite simple, the government enforces AA, otherwise their biggest voters will not get any jobs. Why? Cause they're simply not good enough. It's obvious that the best candidates are the minority groups. It's a total creation of a false economy. And it's such a disgrace to acknowledge by enforcing laws, that some people are just not good enough to get jobs fair and square. And as it goes on now, they never will be.

  • magomarele - 2012-09-05 09:25

    I see many of you are very bitter. It's not good for your health. Me thinks you need therapy. Me promises to help fund the sessions with my BEE money! What'ya all think?

  • johandebeer - 2012-09-05 09:25

    Two words: CHEERS WOOLIES!

  • arno.botha.71 - 2012-09-05 09:26

    i'm pretty sure whites are their largest customer base, i'm totally in favor of boycotting them. But lets face it, changing the website to include white applications will not make them employ white people, those applications will be sifted through and rest assured the whites will be excluded. woolies should be boycotted until we see white staff working in their stores alongside other races.

      matt.w.schoch - 2012-09-05 09:38

      I totally agree, they will just do as every other company does, throw white applicants in the bin. We need to force these companies into choosing between BEE or theirs customers.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-09-05 09:27

    solidarity was silent as a mouse when all the local newspapers were clearly stating in their job adverts that the jobs were reserved for whites/europeans only as late as 1996 and we are still sitting with this anomaly in this country......whites still get preferential treatment across the board....we know we live here

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-09-05 11:21

      I hear you but answer this. I know a laaitie that is dong the same general job than his fellow black workers. He is now put for the 3rd time on a 3 months contract. He work the hardest between all of them. He learned to operate all the machines and doing an outstanding work doing it. he is loved by all. Not my words. His fellow black workers's words. They even said that he must become the next foreman. The white workers is less than 10% of the workforce.(owners included) On his level it is less than 5%. They cant employ him permanently. The union(black union) will get fits. His fellow black workers think it is stupid and cant understand it. He advance so fast and they said that because of his decent and fairness with having these borne skills they will prefer to have him as a foreman. He cant be permanent. He is white. He was borne in the new area. He never benefit. His father died at 6 months. He was thrown around from one place to another, growing up. He must just keep quiet and swallow it. As a white semi-skilled we, whites, get told you can be replaced any day with the gov.'s blessing. So shut up and work. He needs the money. Luckily he now work for good people, but cant progress thanks to unions and the law. You now tell me if the system is fair or not?????????? When any system can be misused it cant be fair.

  • JHLR73 - 2012-09-05 09:29

    I boycott Woolies in general in anycase-they are just overpriced and they think their products are superior-what is the difference between a 2liter coke at Woolies and 2liter coke at checkers- THE PRICE- Woolies will charge more because they think their coke is better although its the same product-haha

  • christian.helberg - 2012-09-05 09:29

    Closed my acount and never setting foot into another woolies. I am sick to death of all this crap!! My brother and sister have been battling to find a job for the last year, this kind of discrimination has put huge strain on our family. Even if Wollies promised to change their policy, what is stopping them from accepting cv's but just not hiring whites, who will monitor that. Sorry Woolies, I enjoyed shopping at your stores, spent thousands a month at them, but will be taking my WHITE rand elsewhere.

      Sewela Marcia Rapudubudu - 2012-09-05 09:55

      @oceanh I am laughing at your comment take it easy bra, they will sort everything out.

  • willem.botha.5623 - 2012-09-05 09:29

    In a weeks time there will be a story of poison or something found in other wholesale stores,that is how they will fight this. Just like SAA did!

  • Steynje - 2012-09-05 09:33

    Point is, South Africa is going backwards. First SAA now Woolworths. What next? And we're supposed to stand up and say 'I am proudly South African'. Please. That ain't gonna happen.

  • zahirj - 2012-09-05 09:36

    I went to Woolworths last night and walked out quite disgusted that they were out of BOTH small packaged mangetout and savoy cabbage. WTF am I going to cook tonight!!!?

  • kevin.ian.583 - 2012-09-05 09:37

    Woolworths share price is falling. Lets hope they reverse their racist policy and give the minority whites a fair chance at an interview to maybe proove they are above a non white candidate.

  • sjg7373 - 2012-09-05 09:38

    Then we should boycott every company that advertize a AA position. I would rather them tell its AA position, then waisting my time going for interview and not getting the job.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-09-05 09:39

    this news24, i must salute it, it gives you the insight of what is around you jah neh...this is a confirmation that your oppressor/tormentor of yesteryear didn't work up and fell in love with the african in the new south africa he is very much alive and determined than ever

  • alan.snelling.9 - 2012-09-05 09:48

    The whites in this country will never stand together to make a stand against anything, so Woolies will just do as they want- like all the other retailers. How many white cashiers and floor "managers" have you seen in a Woolies lately - descrimination in reverse is always a hard pill to swallow

  • zahirj - 2012-09-05 09:49

    I have to hand it to these guys, white people in employ or not. They sure do stock their shelves with the best quality potatos out there.

      Frank - 2012-09-05 10:02

      YES and that's a fact!

      JHLR73 - 2012-09-05 14:14

      They get it from the white farmers that are left in this country!!

  • jannie.nortje.1 - 2012-09-05 09:52

    I thought appartheid is gone, but it seems to me that it has just changed to the opposit in colour, what a mess racist is to-day.

  • elsbeth.verhoeven - 2012-09-05 09:52

    The quality of Woolworths products has gone down anyway as most clothes are not made in South Africa anymore. Woolworths is not what it was before. So think twice before your buy there.

  • Frank - 2012-09-05 09:58

    I would boycott them but unfortunately I can't shop anywhere else and get the same quality so they have me cornered EISH

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-09-05 10:01

    True, mostly whites support Woolies.

      tasmee.hylkema - 2012-09-05 23:11

      Charmaine, would love to see your stats on that?

  • kevin.ian.583 - 2012-09-05 10:12

    Woolworths & their racist polocies are now a full 1% down in share price and this story is less than a day old. I will personally return the two halves of my card to them this afternoon and committ to not spending with them intil they aplogise and at least give the whites an opportunity for an interview.

  • derek.smith.12177276 - 2012-09-05 10:12

    Uhm ...Woolies went down the drain in the I guess S.A. is next....good luck Woolies you are heading for a rocky ride.....

  • susan.dejager2 - 2012-09-05 10:21

    Goodbye Woolies! The love affair was great but it is over. It is you not me!

  • JHLR73 - 2012-09-05 10:23

    Lets all go and pretend to shop there- pack yout trolleys full- then when getting to the counter- leave your trolley there, show a middle finger to the camera and walk out!!