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SA companies ill prepared for African homophobia [So. Africa]

Author: Songezo Zibi, Business Day, Published on: 6 March 2014

...South African multinational companies have operations in Uganda and other countries with anti-homosexuality legislation, such as Nigeria. Cellphone operator MTN’s CEO, Sifiso Dabengwa...[said] the company respects the laws of the countries in which it operates but will not discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. Woolworths says..."All Woolworths stores in Uganda and elsewhere remain open to talent of all races, cultures, beliefs and sexual orientation."...University of Cape Town law professor Pierre de Vos says..."South African companies have an obligation to protect their employees and...respect their relationships. They should not send a gay or lesbian...employee to work in a place like Uganda, in order to protect that employee from harm and from possible criminal sanction,"....[S]everal senior employees of multinationals who travel internationally say they do not receive specific warnings or options about travelling to Uganda or anywhere else where they [may] face arrest for their sexual orientation...

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Related companies: Barclays MTN Sanlam Shoprite Standard Bank Woolworths Group Australia Woolworths Holdings