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constitution that provides protection for ALL South Africans!! I quote, “Chapter Two of the Constitution of South Africa contains the Bill of Rights, a human right charter that protects the civil, political and socio-economic rights of all people in South Africa. Section 9 prohibits all discrimination “on one or

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more grounds, including...” but specifically lists the following grounds: “race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth” ... and yet BEE, the creation of big business to appease the political leadership, blatantly

flies in the face of the law, almost with impunity. Why? Because no one challenges this unlawful conduct and many willingly participate knowing full well that their fellow South Africans are being denied jobs and a future in their homeland as a result. Their crime? The colour of their skin! This is simple hypocrisy!!

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hope she has good DGs or HODs or whatever acronym they go under. Talking of DGs I trust you were thrilled to note that the national Dept of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (that's the department headed by Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson) has appointed Prof Edith Vries as the new Director-General of the department. I always thought that it is in fact the director general who

really runs the department and that he or she should therefore actually know about the matters at hand. Such as farming. And forests. And fish. Well Ms Vries (I was always taught that one dropped the “Prof” when no longer occupying a chair in a faculty at a university) comes to DAFF from the Independent Development Trust and before that the Dept of Welfare … hmmmm. Continued on page 7

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Most white South Africans, working and living abroad, cite racial discrimination, in the form of BEE, as one of the reasons for their decision to seek a living elsewhere. Unless a legal precedent is established through courts, then discrimination will continue unabated harming both the international image and performance of the

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