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Whites still dominate top positions

By Sapa | Apr 18, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 130 ]

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

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

The report reflects the public and private sectors.

Blacks occupied 12.3 percent of top management positions in 2012, compared to 10 percent 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 percent of top management positions in 2012, compared to 3.4 percent in 2002; and In Indians 7.3 percent, from five percent.

The number of foreigners in top management positions in 2012 was 3.1 percent, compared to zero in 2002.

However, this was because the labour department started collecting this data only 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 a [employment equity] plan.".

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

"The two percent 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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MC, I stayed in flats in Pretoria. Then i could not pay rent coz I had to pay for studies, so they locked me out. It was one of those doors with the 3 windows in. I would go in late, take out the little wood frame holding the window in, and crawl through to have a place to sleep. When first married, my husband and I bought one box of fishfingers, and one box of steakburgers a month. That was our protein. The cabbage we stole from a neighbour who had a small patch. :) Those were good days.

Apr 18, 2013 3:36 | 0 replies

Likes of Bosepa2 are brain dead, definitely misinformed and wit very limited education.

By my understanding the whities have been in power for as long as my grannies age, all militant resources were given to them and what did they do, kill every black person they set their eyes on. Now tel me, how on earth can a person who is being fired at on the streets, kept in townships, his mobilization being limited or monitored can be able to focus on issues of starting a business or advancing education. It has only been 19 years since Gov went into power and no!!! we didn't chase nor kill whities, so in that regard they kept their business and fortunes which they clearly benefited from the apartheid era. Look at the SA councils (ECSA and SACQSP) for instant, white people still dominate those offices and thus set up standards/expectations that they know will demotivate black people who are comming from disadvantageous background. they are the one who draw up registration qualifying policies. in turn people who are allowed to start up consulting firms are people with the professional status from the council. i can go on for long about this issue but truely whities stiil hold these posts because of negligence and it must be clear that they will not be there for longer though because slowly these issues are unfolding and once all gets going it will be tough

Apr 18, 2013 3:54 | 0 replies


Somehow the movie Sunnyside Gigolo doesn't have the same ring :)

Apr 18, 2013 3:55 | 0 replies


Shame poor K.................

Apr 18, 2013 3:56 | 0 replies

Is it just me, or did other people also miss out on this shooting every black person in sight too? Seems like I pulled a Rip van Winkel at some time in my life.

Apr 18, 2013 3:57 | 0 replies

@ ALL.....K-WORD

I dn't think i'm funny cos i know all you B'lack i'diots dn't like it when we tell you like it is....!!


hambuyokunya wena BOSEPA2

Apr 18, 2013 3:58 | 0 replies

Wow. Which alternate dimension did I live in and when did Dr Who bring me to this one?

Apr 18, 2013 3:58 | 0 replies

MC, Pretorius Str Pros.titute?

Apr 18, 2013 3:59 | 0 replies

In my company they have a one black man at the top then followed by a galaxy of whites just below him. so only one blackie then the rest of the money goes to white, have then blacks at the bottom of the graph
in my last company in SA we had a one Chairman (black guy) who rarely was in the office and when he was he would come at about 11 hang his jacket and disappear till God knows it was time to go home for him, he had all the perks but I don't know anything that contributed into running that organisation effectively, he was a one of the board of directors in at least 3 companies just windowdressing in all of them, cause he didnt' even see what talent (young grad blacks) were there to create a space at the top, now I've since heard that the CEO there (black guy) hiring his family members even creating jobs for them at huge cost to the company and the organisation is now having to retrench, that's how its finances are badly managed!!!

Apr 18, 2013 4:2 | 0 replies


Too long. How about Proes Street Prossie? Not like that poor street ever had a chance to start with

Apr 18, 2013 4:2 | 0 replies

@BOSEPA2, there u go again, piece of pale wanna be, idiot ke wena, cos you know nothing, you not telling it like it is, you farting it like is no body business,

just read some of the more intelligent bloggers on this forum, then you will realised gore jy is n FRANS

Apr 18, 2013 4:3 | 0 replies