WHAT HAPPENED THE URGENCY with which ill-considered affirmative action must be corrected again received considerable media attention, following the Appeal Court’s sober judgment in the case of Martin Gordon and the Department of Health in KwaZuluNatal. Papers again stressed the huge skills shortages in SA, which called for the judicious application of affirmative action. BEELD said affirmative action appointments in the public service never simply meant people should just be given jobs on the basis of race. If that had been the case, attributes such as experience, knowledge and skill could simply have been ignored. The Weekender said that SA’s skills shortages are so severe that the country must refrain from any legislation or action that could aggravate the shortages.