The Development of Human Resource Management Across Nations
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The Development of Human Resource Management Across Nations

Unity and Diversity

Edited by Bruce E. Kaufman

This volume contains country studies of the historical development of human resource management (HRM) in seventeen different nations. The nations span all regions of the world and each chapter is written by a national expert. Primary attention is given to HRM developments in industry, but university research and teaching are also covered. Human resource management is defined broadly to include industrial relations and each chapter places the historical development of HRM in a broad political, social, and economic context.
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Chapter 15: Human resource management in the Republic of South Africa

Marius Meyer


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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