'Whites only' job ad re­moved after 20 days

Swazi Observer - - NEWS -

CAPE TOWN - An ad­vert spec­i­fy­ing that "only white can­di­dates" should ap­ply for a dig­i­tal de­sign po­si­tion in the Western Cape was re­moved from a lo­cal re­cruit­ment web­site on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon - more than 20 days after it was posted. Peo­ple Solved, based in Cape Town, posted the ad­vert on Septem­ber 5 at the be­hest of one of its clients.

No dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions was pro­vided in the ad­ver­tise­ment which called for ap­pli­cants for an in­ter­me­di­ate to se­nior user ex­pe­ri­ence (UX) de­sign post.

The pack­age was es­ti­mated at R420 000 per an­num. "Please note. Only white can­di­dates," the ad­vert read. It did not spec­ify the name of the com­pany seek­ing to fill the po­si­tion.

It was also not known how many ap­pli­ca­tions the ad­vert had since gar­nered.

Peo­ple Solved Di­rec­tor Si­mon Hill said the ad­vert was re­moved as soon as News24 had alerted them to the "mis­take".

"We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent and as you've seen, im­me­di­ately re­moved the ad­vert when we no­ticed it," Hill said.

"I can tell you this is the first of its kind that some­thing like this hap­pens."

Hill said a ju­nior em­ployee posted the ad­vert without check­ing the con­tent.

Com­pa­nies send the in­for­ma­tion about vacancies to ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cers who then process it and post it onto the web­site, Hill said.

"I can as­sure you that we do not ac­cept any­thing like this."

Hill did not want to dis­close the name of the rel­e­vant com­pany.

"We will be talk­ing to the com­pany and pos­si­bly re­view­ing if we still want to work with them [in fu­ture]," he said. AFP

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