White males still dominate top management positions in South Africa

Just over 70% of top management positions in the Eastern Cape are occupied by white male, employment equity roadshows heard in East London and Port Elizabeth this week.

Innocent Makwarela, assistant director for policy development in the Department of Labour, said in the same period, Africans in top management positions occupied 18%.

He said figures for qualified Africans stood at 59.6% in 2014 and had increased to 76% in 2015, “Why don’t we see these people in top management positions,”Makwarela said.

The Department of Labour started the annual employment equity (EE) workshops on 15 August 2016 in Mbombela (Nelspruit), Mpumalanga Province, with the aim to create awareness on compliance with the Employment Equity Act.

Workshops have since been held in Rustenburg, Kimberley, Polokwane, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

The series of roadshows follows the release of the Employment Equity report by Labour minister, Mildred Oliphant, in April.

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The EEC’s report was based on 25,030 employment equity reports from companies across the country, which covered data on 7.09 million workers from the economically active population (EAP) group.

The report revealed that whites are massively over-represented in the private sector, accounting for 72.4% of all top management positions – compared to the public sector, which has 73.2% black African representation.

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