We cor­nered peo­ple and asked them whether they thought is­sues of racism trou­ble cor­po­rate South Africa

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Neels Eras­mus: “We should, as South Africans, find a way to ad­dress this prob­lem that comes from both black and whites.” Felix Letele: “Some­times when I’m sell­ing things into cor­po­rate SA some white peo­ple make racist com­ments. “It’s not a nice thing to hap­pen to me as a sales­man. “It’s also painful when white com­pa­nies don’t al­low you into their premises but ac­cept your white col­leagues to mar­ket their prod­ucts.” Christina Fern: “Yes, it’s a dif­fi­cult thing and it hap­pens in all fields of work. I also think it hap­pens in ev­ery coun­try. SA has po­ten­tial. But the prob­lem is that if they do em­ploy­ment eq­uity, my black friend with po­ten­tial and who’s ed­u­cated will be cho­sen.” Mmau­gosi Mak­gale: “It’s there – but a lot of peo­ple don’t like to talk about it. “It’s like an ele­phant in the room. “This racism thing has to change so that we can con­tinue to build our coun­try.”

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