On average, black, coloured and Indian/Asian South Africans earn less, experience higher levels of unemployment and lower levels of upwards social mobility than white South Africans. Racial relations may have improved, but racism remains a very real problem in South Africa. We must act as one to build a non-racial society by addressing the following key challenges:
- Racial inequality: race still effects each person’s ability to build prosperity and remains a key determinant of the quality of life individuals can expect to achieve.
- Lack of political leadership: rather than celebrating the diversity of cultures in our country, political leaders have used race to divide our nation and distract us from their failures to create racial justice.
- Ineffective economic reform mechanisms: BBBEE and employment equity has not empowered previously disadvantaged members of our society. Instead, it has serially enriched a political elite and in the process hollowed out the capacity of state institutions.