Whites are still favoured for devel­op­ment, the Em­ploy­ment Equity Com­mis­sion says

Afro Voice (National Edition) - - Front Page - TIISETSO MANOKO ti­iset­som@afro­tone.co.za

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.

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