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Identifying the barriers to affirmative action training: Perceptions of affirmative action appointees in Mpumalanga public hospitals

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Author(s): Edward Rankhumise | Fulufhelo G. Netswera

Journal: South African Journal of Human Resource Management
ISSN 1683-7584

Volume: 8;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: AA | discrimination | equal opportunities | mentoring | training interventions

ABSTRACT
Orientation: Since the advent of democracy in 1994 numerous policies and programmes were put in place to address the imbalances of race and gender in the South African labour force.Research purpose: The aim of this study is to gauge the perceptions about existing barriers in the implementation of affirmative action (AA) training interventions at public hospitals in the Mpumalanga Province.Motivations for the study: The research conducted in this study provides valuable information which would enable the Mpumalanga health department and public hospital management to develop improved interventions associated with AA training interventions.Research design, approach and method: The population of the study consists of two groups of participants which are AA appointees and AA mentors. The study mixed qualitative and quantitative research methodological processes.Main findings: Results of this study show that there are differences in perceptions between Black respondents who believe that mentors should be held liable for the failure of the mentees and White respondents who disagreed. The findings suggest that employees are of the opinion that internal policy guidelines on the implementation of AA are not communicated to all employees.Practical implications: Public hospital management should articulate the purpose of AA interventions and its targets to both mentors and mentees and continuously review the implementation thereof.Contribution: The study contributes towards explaining the importance of training interventions that are useful for the success of AA appointees in their respective duties and also give account of barriers that are experienced by these appointees. How to cite this article: Rankhumise, E., & Netswera, F.G. (2010). Identifying the barriers to affirmative action training: Perceptions of affirmative action appointees in Mpumalanga public hospitals. SA Journal of Human Resource Management / SA Tydskrif vir Menslikehulpbronbestuur, 8(1), Art. #222, 6 pages. DOI: 10.4102/sajhrm.v8i1.222
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