Which Country Has Successfully Implemented the Policy of Affirmative Action and Why Did It Succeed?

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A summarised guide to the Affirmative
Action (Employment) Act (Act 29 of 1998) published and distributed by
Namibia Institute for Democracy

Updated 3rd Edition
© April 2000
All rights reserved

Contents by Dr.J.W.F. van Rooyen

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The writers of the Namibian Constitution perceived a need for affirmative action as a necessary condition for bringing about change in a previously discriminatory society.
Therefore Article 23(2) addresses the issue of
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The Institute has grasped the opportunity to update and revise the booklet to reflect recent developments in the area and to make the publication even more relevant to its purpose than before. In this regard the NID again wishes to acknowledge the kind assistance and inputs of various organisations and individuals. A special word of appreciation is due to the Employment Equity
Commissioner, Mr V.T. Usiku; the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour,
Mr C. Schlettwein; the Secretary-General of the Namibian Employers '
Federation (NEF), Mr C. Truebody; the Chief Researcher of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW), Mr H. Jauch; EEC employer representative, Mrs
E. Fahl; and Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) spokesperson,
Mr P.van Wyk. We also wish to acknowledge the kind financial assistance of the
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in support of the project.
This booklet is dedicated to all employers and employees engaged in productive pursuit to promote the economy and social development of this country. May it contribute, in whatever small yet meaningful manner, to assist the social partners in achieving lasting equity and harmony at the workplace.
Theunis Keulder
Executive Director
Windhoek, 2 April 2000.


The promulgation of the Affirmative Action (Employment) Act, 1998 (Act

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