Empowerment and Apartheid’s Lingering Legacy: Evaluating the Effectiveness of B-BBEE Policy
This paper evaluates state intervention through South African government policy by assessing the implementation of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act. First introduced in 2003, this Act has played a significant role in advocating corporate social responsibility in aims to amend the discrimination Black South Africans faced during times of apartheid (formally 1948-1991). I argue that this lingering historical bias from apartheid continues to inhibit Black South Africans from a socio-economic standpoint today; however, B-BBEE as it stands today falls short of its potential to provide increased opportunity and empowerment among all races. Thus, a reformed version of B-BBEE is compulsory to increase economic empowerment for Blacks.
Colin Clarke Wallace is a member of the Class of 2017 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE.]