Fransman got WCape employment equity figures wrong
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.