Original Articles

Integration and Social Identity of Foreign African Professionals in South African Organisations

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 18, issue 2, 2008 , pages: 289–292
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2008.10820200
Author(s): Thandiwe Nayiga LuzukaUniversity of the Witwatersrand,, Calvin GwandureUniversity of the Witwatersrand,


This study explored integration and social identity of foreign African nationals in the South African workplace. The study also explored the implications of the Employment Equity Act of 2006 as interpreted by foreign African nationals within the contexts of integration and social identity. The study interviewed eight men and two women working in South Africa. The average age of the participants was 37 years. Data on integration and social identity of African professionals working in South Africa were collected through interviews and the data were analysed qualitatively. The findings of the study were that the South African labour legislation on employment equity was perceived as discriminatory to foreign African nationals. The professional foreign African workers perceived less xenophobia and racism directed at them that could be experienced by others in nonprofessional positions.

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