Frans­man got WCape em­ploy­ment eq­uity fig­ures wrong

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

IT AP­PEARS Mar­ius Frans­man’s al­ready ten­u­ous grasp of the truth con­tin­ues to at­ro­phy, judg­ing by his false al­le­ga­tion con­cern­ing em­ploy­ment eq­uity fig­ures in the Western Cape (“Left­wing DA mem­bers will surely not fly Zille Air­ways again”, Satur­day Ar­gus, Novem­ber 16).

Th­ese fig­ures have never been con­cealed. Pre­mier Zille made them pub­lic in April and, in fact, they show that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is get­ting em­ploy­ment eq­uity right.

For Frans­man’s knowl­edge, 65.4 per­cent of our se­nior man­age­ment falls into the black “des­ig­nated group” (which is far above the 29.8 per­cent Western Cape av­er­age for black se­nior man­age­ment across both pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors). Fur­ther­more, 67.2 per­cent of Western Cape gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees in our top three oc­cu­pa­tion lev­els fall within the black “des­ig­nated group”. Th­ese oc­cu­pa­tion lev­els are the key pipe­line for build­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and en­sur­ing ex­cel­lence with eq­uity, with the most pro­duc­tive and hard-work­ing of them be­ing able to look for­ward to pro­mo­tions as they move up the ca­reer lad­der.

This is the Western Cape gov­ern­ment’s ap­proach to em­ploy­ment eq­uity, in line with the con­sti­tu­tion: build­ing a “pipe­line of pro­mo­tion”, broad­en­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, em­pha­sis­ing train­ing and sup­port­ing hard­work­ing and ca­pa­ble peo­ple to ad­vance on the ba­sis of po­ten­tial, ini­tia­tive and added value, not a quo­tadriven ma­nip­u­la­tion of out­comes.

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