The percentage of black professionals in Cape Town has increased by a mere four percent over the past 10 years according to the Department of Labour.
Valerie Tapela, an MPhil in Coaching Management alumnus of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), questions in her research - where are the black professionals in Cape Town?
She recognises that a city that is not representative of the country demographics will not be economically sustainable.
Tapela says she looked at some of the existing research compiled by the University of Cape Town back in 2010 which looked at the problems pertaining to transformation in the city. She says she is more interested in finding out how to retain the existing black professionals of Cape Town.
Some of the comments that came through in both my own and already existing research is that Cape Town is characterised by cliques and that it is unwelcoming.— Valerie Tapela, an MPhil in Coaching Management alumnus of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)
Tapela notes that black professionals don't convey any commitment to settle in Cape Town permanently. Some of the other things brought up in her research paper were the work ethic, pay gaps and lesser positions to choose from adds Tapela.
The City is seen as stuck in the ways of the 'old work order', where the environment lacks energy and racial discrimination is still apparent.— Valerie Tapela, an MPhil in Coaching Management alumnus of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)
Tapela further explains that as a black professional living in Cape Town herself, she's often felt like throwing in the towel and not address the issues she raises in her research. S
She immediately lights up when she visits other cities, an emotion she doesn't experience in the mother city, she admits.
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