The debate on BEE policy escalated in the private and public sectors in the past few weeks.

Dis-Chem CEO Ivan Saltzman wrote in a clumsily worded internal memorandum that the group’s progress towards a demographically representative workforce was so woefully inadequate that its executives had placed a moratorium on hiring new white managers. He pointed out that the company risked being fined for failing to meet its employment equity targets, penalties the company would prefer to avoid...

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