Whites still dominate top positions

2013-04-18 16:48

Whites still dominate South Africa’s top management positions, a report by the Employment Equity Commission has revealed.

The 13th edition of the report shows whites constituted 72.6% of top management positions in the country last year, down from 81.5% in 2002.

The report reflects the public and private sectors.

Blacks occupied 12.3% of top management positions in 2012, compared with 10% in 2002.

Commission chairman Dr Loyiso Mzisi Mbabane handed the report to Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant during a transformation indaba in Boksburg, on the East Rand.

Coloureds occupied 4.6% of top management positions in 2012, compared with 3.4% in 2002; and Indians 7.3%, from 5%.

The number of foreigners in top management positions in 2012 was 3.1%, with no 2002 data available for this. The labour department only started collecting this data in 2006.

Mbabane expressed disappointment at the levels of transformation.

“It is unacceptable. This is not what you would expect, especially because we have a law,” he said.

“If we did not have a law like the Employment Equity Act of 1998, you could say people are trying their luck and they are not understanding it, but you have a law that says specifically you must have an (employment equity) plan.”

The government had expected companies to plan to put into effect their employment equity plans by 2000.

“The 2% increase in black people occupying top management positions says that either we don’t take those (employment equity) plans seriously, or we never took the act seriously. It is not acceptable,” said Mbabane.

The report was compiled by the Employment Equity Commission using millions of employment equity reports from the public sector and private companies across all sectors of the South African economy.

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