‘67% WHITE MANAGERS IN SA’
Whites are still favoured for development, the Employment Equity Commission says
A TOTAL of 67.7% of the white population are employed in top management, according to the employment equity report.
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant received the report yesterday from the Employment Equity Commission.
Chairperson of the commission, Tabea Nkabinde, said the African population was sitting at 14.3%, while the Indian community was at 9.4% and coloureds are at 5.1%.
Nkabinde said that in the 20 years since the commission started, it was clear that the impact of the Skills Development Act in redressing inequality in the workplace appeared to be minimal.
“Year on year, the statistics indicate that the white population group remains favoured for training and development,” she said.
This is particularly concerning when training and development activities seem to favour the white population group.”
Nkabinde said there was no real political will and commitment to transform the status quo. “Twenty years on and we are still nowhere near celebrating effective implementation of transformation legislation.”
Nkabinde said they were now going to advise the minister of labour on how to deal with the deadlock which had the potential of leading to disastrous situations.
She said some of the challenges which were the barriers for achieving the set targets were selection criteria, recruitment procedures, appointments, remuneration and benefits as well as term of conditions for employment.
Oliphant said a lot needed to be done to turn the tables as the majority of South Africans were suffering.
“We did discover that some big companies which are listed on the JSE are totally ignoring employment equity,” she said.
“When we took some to court, only then did they realise that we mean business.”
Meanwhile, Nkabinde said there was a lot of work that needed to be done for people with disabilities.
She said in 2001, 0.9% of people with disabilities were employed while in 2017 there was only 1%, which indicated slow progress.
She said all stakeholders needed to work together so that the National Development Plan was realised in the next 12 years.
UNEVEN SPREAD: White employees in SA are still a significant majority in upper management.