Wessel BosmanIt is okay to give preferential treatment to increase representation, it is definitely NOT Okay to exclude certain groups entirely, which is what Woolworths has done. This is discrimination and doesn't allow a fair opportunity for white job applicants in positions where no suitable candidates from other races can be found.
I will definitely still boycott Woolworths regardless of their PR efforts, they are still wrong. If Ian Mohr really wants to prove a point, he should resign and replace his own position with an employee of Suitable Race requirements, then we can see hoe sincere he is about transformation and not just participating because it is a corporate governance requirement.
Nicole FergerSorry, my continued support has as of recently been discontinued.
Yes there might be a quota of black employees but then employ them as they come - if they have the qualifications and suitability for that position. Don't make the position fit the person, take the person that pits the position. Give everyone an equal chance.
A former customer.
Murray CampbellStand up Woolies and take the PR hiding like a man.
Let this be a lesson to companies who only use their online marketing strategies to communicate with their customers, it can hurt if it goes wrong. I don't think taking down the FB page was a required step, having a more transparent employment strategy may have become a winner with their new target markets.
Laurence BothaThe psychology behind Social Media seems to be lost to Woolworths... And this is not their first mistake on it. Seriously guys??? What I would like to see is this list of requests by customers for Woolworths to disable the Facebook page. Really, I am supposed to believe this. South Africans are not so stupid Woolies...
Martin HugoI'm so sick of South Africans looking for fires where there are none. There are much more important things to worry about in our economy, and at the end of the day we always get great products and service from Woolies. I see opportunities growing for white South Africans, but as long as people hold onto their negativity they will always live in fear and never grab the opportunities in front of them. We can go look at Ads from hundreds of different companies and come to the same conclusion of "racism". I think people are just looking for something to bitch about and at present Woolies is on the receiving end. People should grow up.
Lerato MalokaForget LIKE, I love the truth in this. Thank you!
Zinhle LukheleSick of small minds, I wish the buck stopped with our generation. There are thounsands of black families who will continue to be in the cycle of poverty. Thats why we cannot end BEE. A lot of other things like education need to go hand in hand with BEE also.
I do agree with you that teaching morals and ethics is key. Its more important now since children aren't just looking at their parents for influence.
Lardie LardieHere's the thing, we all have choices in life, if you would like to stop shopping at woolies, go right ahead. People get way too emotional and sensitive about issues they dont fully understand. I will continue supporting woolies because its a choice i'm making. Stop making a noise for the rest of us! I hope you find the satisfaction you need wherever you will choose to shop!
Patric IsaacThis is what i term new South Africa,we all know that previously African were margnalised to the point that they were not given a chance to prove themselves,now we are trying to close that gap,i can say white are still in woolworths and having better postions,the only problem is that they are afraid of the gap as now it seems as soon things will be equal,to me as a customer of woolies i am enjoying my experiences,to the group that are fighting against the equality i say forward we go backwards never.
Langa Zolile DubeI thought Pick & Pay would've been the retail company to receive this kind of backlash from their progressive employment equity stance and their HR policies- part of why they have been embraced in townships and other spheres of our diverse society. Think the issue here is rather more rooted in the misconception that Woolworths is a white retail stronghold and because of that, their customer base wishes to dictate that it go against legislated employment equity policy. Employment equity and BEE are necessary policies for those that lack any vision- these policies are the reason SA has not been dragged into chaos by the historically marginalised. Maybe Woolworths should follow Pick and Pay's example and start diversifying into all the different parts of our society, so that when it does advertise posts, the reason for the criteria can become more apparent. A company may suffer if it adopts a progressively HR policy while it perceived to have a near exclusive customer base- that is the case with Woolies when one looks at the store locations as a form of reference.
Walter PikeThe decision to disable the facebook page is not a great one. You give up your access to all that data, and the opportunity for fans to defend and like the SA Government decision to put its military bases on high alert because a youth activist addresses a small, tiny group of soldiers you give the attackers credibility a commodity of which they had very little.