Whites still well looked-after in workplace, says Manyi

2010-02-17 11:48

Whites are generally the biggest beneficiaries of recruitment and

promotion in the workplace, the labour department’s director general Jimmy Manyi

said in Pretoria yesterday.

“White people in general are fine. I want to debunk the myth that

there is no future for whites... they are benefiting. What is this notion that

they are rejected, losing jobs and that some are even going abroad?” Manyi said

in a public lecture at the Tshwane University of Technology.

The lecture by Manyi, also the president of the Black Management

Forum, was about “overcoming hurdles that prevent transformation from being

fully implemented in the workplace”.

The reason why blacks were not advancing was because companies were

deliberately rejecting and ignoring them, Manyi told a packed auditorium.

Companies cited the education system, skills shortage and skills

mismatch in a bid to exclude black people.

“We have people in the workplace that are overlooked... Let’s

recognise people’s potential and allow them integration.”

Manyi has been outspoken about the implementation of affirmative

action.

He warned that employment equity was not part of black economic

empowerment and not intended as a poverty alleviation strategy.

Instead it was designed for a clearly defined population

group.

“It reverses racism,” he said.

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