Removing BEE's Euphemisms

"Preference will be given to BEE candidates." Isn't that just a great line, especially if YOU are 'BEE'?

I'm not going to debate BEE - in all its twisted logic and destruction of South Africa's myth of racial unity - but rather the level of damage that lines like the above, penned by HR people, actually does.

Firstly, who exactly is a 'BEE candidate'? Why don't these recruiters just come out and say 'Blacks (if that's what they want - or where do Indians and Coloureds fall)? 

One thing I can't stand in South Africa is that everybody is willing to talk about 'whites', but white people never like saying 'black'. We've amazingly progressed into a post 'black-pride' era, where 'whiteness' has now been thoroughly stigmatised, and there is no real clarity on where other races fall.

Secondly, why is it even *necessary* to state this? Is this a legal requirement, a badge of BEE pride, or some narrow-minded HR professionals just repeating a catchphrase mindlessly?

Maybe it's designed to attract applications from skilled black candidates, or subtly tell white people 'Don't bother, our BEE scorecard can't afford you'? Whatever it is, it should be left off ... it just creates an unnecessary reminder for white South Africans about just how ridiculous things have become in our country.

If white guys apply for a job that employers only want black candidates for, so what? Their applications can just be ignored like those of 90% of other applicants are anyway, and because they make up a minority of the population there won't even be that many of them to ignore. 

No need to rub their noses in it, is there? Yes, it's come to that: you ignore me except where you can benefit from me; if that's all you want me for I'll ignore you as far as possible, and welcome to our divergent spectrum nation.

Helen Jackson 2014-08-08 05:46:33 AM
As soon as you have enough BEE's trained in your company, the government is going to insist you give 50% of your business to the workers
Seek Anfind 2014-08-08 05:55:45 AM
I totally agree.
TheJaydedKing 2014-08-08 06:48:27 AM
Nice. My problem with BEE is that it transfers wealth but does not create it, so in effect we are all contesting the same leg of chicken. Now Black south africans are being provided first pick at the bone but always at the cost of someone else. Much better they alter BEE to mean that companies and individuals who support or fund the development of new business concepts or entrepreneurs get BEE points directly from such funding. In this way we expand the economy and add another leg to a hotly contested chicken.
Lucas Mwelasi Mazibuko 2014-08-08 07:18:30 AM
It will never be removed!!!!
NormalCitizen 2014-08-08 07:35:57 AM
We cannot say blacks , because it is "racist". And coloureds don't fall under BEE as of January 2014. So any other questions?
Fanny Mc Pee 2014-08-08 07:40:50 AM
Lots of roadside adverts saying: "BEE REMOVAL" Can't help but smile when I see them. Or when I see the "Lek U Dak?" adverts. Immediately my reply of "Nee, ek lek d...!" springs to mind.
sxp 2014-08-08 08:24:24 AM
Until AA and BBEE is removed, SA will keep on going down. We need free competition to ensure the best is always the selected option.
slipslidinaway 2014-08-08 08:32:52 AM
Yes and no. I agree that it is racist and all that, but I would rather have them keep the BEE only designation - this way people that don't "qualify" don't need to waste time to apply. Sad state of affairs when one has to grasp at that straw in order to find anything positive though.
The Fox 5366 2014-08-08 08:38:22 AM
The biggest irony for white South Africans can be summed up with this: "Not European enough for Europe, too European for South Africa." Which reminds me, have you seen the job adverts here asking for "Non-BEE applicants only"? We're now using double-negatives, we've progressed that far down Crazy Lane.
Ann Jarvis 2014-08-08 09:07:03 AM
The Government carries on and on about the whites still owning most of the business world. They bring in BEE effectively reducing the chances of whites gaining employment so, the whites open up businesses and effectively own most of the business world. Go figure