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Racism rears its ugly head in Free State schools! Use these tips to ensure the same thing doesn't happen in your workplace

by , 06 August 2014
It seems like racism is still alive and well in South Africa.

News24 reports that two principals and a teacher in three Free State schools have been suspended by the provincial education department amid allegations of racism.

The suspensions come after an investigation by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC). SAHRC found the principal of the Dr Viljoen Combined School in Bloemfontein guilty of hate speech towards black and coloured pupils. The principal of Christian De Wet Hoƫrskool was accused of ill-treating black pupils. At St Helena Primary, the Life Orientation teacher allegedly put up a racist display.

Since your company isn't immune to racism, use these three tips to curb it in your workplace.


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Use these three tips to curb racism in your workplace


Tip #1: Have sound policies and procedures

Have active policies and procedures in place. The policies and procedures must send out a clear message of equality that you won't tolerate racism and false accusations of racism and you're committed to eradicating racism in the workplace.
 

Make sure your employees are aware of these policies and know exactly what to do when incident of racism occurs.
 

Tip #2: Investigate any incident immediately

If an incident of racism occurs in your workplace, investigate it immediately! Once you have, you must deal with it in line with your disciplinary or grievance procedure.
 

Tip #3: Celebrate diversity

Celebrate diversity by encouraging managers to learn about and understand different cultures.

The bottom line: You must eradicate racism and promote diversity in your workplace. Our courts have zero tolerance for it and you'll suffer the consequences if you ignore this issue. So use our tips to curb racism in your workplace.
 

PS: For more tips on how to do this, check out the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
 



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