Ndlovu at odds with Manyi

2011-03-05 18:12

Moving staff to fit in with the demographic requirements of employment equity laws is not worth discussing, “not even as a joke”, says Lot Ndlovu, former president of the Black Management Forum (BMF).

Ndlovu declined to comment specifically on government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi’s comments regarding the representation of coloureds in Western Cape (see graphic).

His views are, however, directly at odds with proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act, drafted while Manyi was still labour department director-general. The proposed amendments seek to have the staff of an organisation reflect national demographics, regardless of ­local dynamics.

The South African Institute of Race Relations warned this week that companies in Western Cape faced fines as high as 10% of turnover if they did not comply with the law, should it be passed.

“As far as I know, the BMF position has always been that national company headquarters must reflect national demographics because headquarters draw staff from all over the country.

“Regional companies must reflect regional demographics.”

Ndlovu, vice-chairperson of the Nedbank Group, said, for example, that an insurance company with headquarters in Cape Town had to reflect the fact that Africans were the majority in South Africa, even if this was not the case in Western Cape.

Regional offices, on the other hand, were entitled to reflect the population ­percentage of those who lived there.

“I know this is an emotional topic and that people will talk about the reasons blacks are the minority in Western Cape, but the reality is that it is coloureds who are in the majority and, in accordance with the BMF position, which I believe has not changed, they should be in the majority,” said Ndlovu, who was BMF president between 1995 and 1999.

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