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Naked emperor, The: Why affirmative action failed


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The emperor makes his way through the crowds in his magnificent new clothes. Only clever people can see his clothes. “Hooray for the emperor’s new clothes!” they cheer. Until a small boy exclaims in amazement: “But the emperor is naked!”
The emperor is naked, says Archbishop Desmond Tutu and several other prominent politicians agree with him. To date, affirmative action has been to the benefit of the black middle class only – it has done nothing for the masses. “When does affirmative action become race discrimination?” asks former president FW de Klerk. Many books and articles advocate that affirmative action be implemented to redress the imbalances of the past. However, the way whites experience affirmative action and the influence that this policy has on this community has never been addressed in the media. Hermann investigates this matter in The naked emperor and also makes suggestions on how affirmative action can be used to truly empower the masses. His doctoral thesis on the subject, as well as his practical experience as deputy-executive head of Solidarity, has thoroughly prepared him for this task.
“May South Africa become a home for all who live in it, black, brown, Indian and white” – Dr. Dirk Hermann.


Hermann is a well-known speaker on affirmative action in South Africa and has addressed three international congresses on the topic. In 2006 he participated in a study tour to the USA. The South African media often quote him on labour related issues. In 1993 he graduated in law, in 1994 he obtained an honours degree in industrial psychology and in 1995 an honours degree in industrial sociology. In 1998 he completed a postgraduate diploma in labour law and received a masters degree with distinction in labour sociology. In 2007 he completed his doctoral thesis, which dealt with the influence of affirmative action on the alienation of the non-designated group in South Africa. During his student years he was chairman of the students? representative council, member of the ministerial task force on the transformation of higher education and received the Council medal for leadership and academics. He was awarded the Abe Bailey scholarship for leadership, academic achievement and community involvement.

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Publisher Proteaboekhuis
Release date 30 Nov 2000
Skrywer Onbekend
Dimensies 149 x 235 x 149 cm
Formaat Sagteband
Bladsye 132
isbn 9781869191436
Genre Geskiedenis

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