Research has reviewed that foreign workers in South Africa especially workers from poor African countries for example Zimbabwe, face ethnic discrimination in silence. Acts of xenophobia are at rife inside the South African workplace and many foreign workers are facing discrimination.
Issues to be canvassed
The story will not cover all kind of workplaces, but will mainly focus on foreigners who work in restaurants and also domestic workers. It will also highlight the illegality of these workers and how employers are taking advantage of this. This story will investigate the experience of foreign workers in South African organizations. The story is going to highlight how a lot of foreign workers are experiencing discrimination at work.
- Foreign waitresses and waiters
- Domestic workers
- Domestic employers
- Restaurant Managers
- South African co-workers
- Immigration officers
- Officials at a foreign embassy
The Basic Condition of Employment Act (BCCEA)
United Employment Fund (UEF)
Community Agency for Social Enquiry (CASE)
Questions to be asked
Waiters and waitresses - Are their working conditions favorable
- Are they being treated equally as other local workers
- Do they have legal documents to work in South Africa if not why?
- Are they experiencing any form of discrimination
Domestic workers - how do they feel about their working conditions?
- Are they getting what they came for
- Are they experiencing any form of discrimination
Domestic employers - how do they treat their workers?
- Do their workers have legal document if not why did they employ them?
Restaurant Managers - do all their workers have legal working documents?
- Do they trust their foreign workers?
- Are all their workers registered under the UEF?
- Are they treating their foreign worker the same with local workers
South African co-workers - do they treat their foreign co-workers with dignity
- Are they comfortable to share their workplace with foreigners
Officials at a foreign embassy – what do you think about this issue?
- Can they do anything to help their fellow Zimbabweans?
Immigration officers - Do they know about illegal foreigners working in South
- What are the consequences of working illegally in South Africa and also of employing illegal people?
Feasible analysis of how I will pursue the story
- Interact with foreign restaurant and domestic workers
- Read published documents which highlight the treatment of foreign restaurant and domestic workers
- Interact with employers to hear their own side of the story
- What the SAPS (South African police service) do about this sine they know some of these workers are illegal
- Check the history of my story what happened and what is happening
- Look at the context – the background of the story
- The scope- whether my story is an national issue, local trend or an incident
- Check where my story is leading
- Look at its impact on readers, why should they care about my story
How the story is newsworthy
This story is newsworthy because it will clearly highlight and bring out the truth about the working conditions of foreign workers in South Africa, whether they are bad or good. The story will tell the society about what is really happening in South Africa. Since South Africa is multinational country and a lot of people from disadvantaged African countries come to South Africa for greener pastures, the multimillion dollar questions are, are they getting what they came for and is south Africa what they thought was? These questions will be reviewed in the story.A lot of people have to know this because it affects them every day. My story will connect emotionally with a lot of foreigners in South Africa. My story is timeliness therefore it is relevant and more newsworthy.
Coverage – multimedia elements
- Hyperlinks are to be used.
- Voice recorded Interviews are going to be conducted.
Difficulties I anticipate in covering the story
- Some workers will hesitate to reveal the truth in fear of losing their jobs.
- Some managers will also hesitate to reveal the name of their companies in fear of tarnishing the name of the company.
- Illegal workers will be afraid that the authorities will get hold of them and get deported back to their countries.
- Xenophobic acts might occur.
Why did I choose the issue I did?
I chose this issue because I feel that the whole of Africa has to know what is really taking place in South Africa. I want people from disadvantaged countries to make the right choice whilst they are still in their home countries. I also chose this issue because I feel that foreign workers have to know their rights in their workplaces. This story is going to uncover wrongdoing and bring it to light. I chose this story because it will uncover illegal man oeuvres.
The basis I claim my story as appropriate
I claim that my story is appropriate because this is something which is happening. Discrimination in the workplace towards foreign workers is something which is happening. This story will help ignorant foreign workers to take affirmative action against their employers and exercise their rights as workers.
This story is of great public interest because it is going to help the general public to know the truth about the treatment of foreign workers in South Africa. The story will give people the information they need to take part in the democratic process. My story will bring light information affecting foreigners’ well-being and safety. It will improve their understanding of and participation in the debate of their treatment. It will lead to greater accountability and transparency in foreigners’ lives.
What I hope to reveal
I hope to reveal the reality about the treatment of foreign workers in South Africa. I would also want to reveal the importance of being a legal working foreigner in South Africa.