Unity and Diversity
Edited by Bruce E. Kaufman
Chapter 15: Human resource management in the Republic of South Africa
Working together we will build a South Africa of expanding opportunity for all, a nation united in its diversity, at peace with itself and the world. (Jacob Zuma, President of Republic of South Africa) The Republic of South Africa is a land of contrast. It is filled with incredible business and development opportunities in the areas of banking, manufacturing, tourism, innovation, and mining, given its rich mineral and natural resources in terms of its beautiful landscapes. It is a country known all over the world for its dark history of apartheid and racial exploitation and polarization, but it is also a land of opportunity and optimism. Millions of South Africans are hoping for a better future, and global companies see South Africa as the gateway to Africa, given its economic and political stability. Despite huge gaps between the rich and poor, making it one of the most unequal societies in the world, and the perpetuation of high levels of crime and unemployment, noticeable progress has been made during the first two decades of solidifying a democracy. South Africa has achieved what no other undemocratic, conflict-ridden and polarized society has attained, and that is to make a peaceful transition from an exploitative regime to a new peaceful political order.
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