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BMF not happy about transformation in the workplace

The Black Management Forum (BMF) is calling for an Employment Equity Tribunal after a report on transformation in the workplace showed poor results.

“Corporate South Africa has done as it pleases and without consequences for disregarding the Employment Equity Act. This is disrespect for the rule of law‚” BMF president Mncane Mthunzi said on Tuesday.

The report‚ released in Pretoria on Monday by the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE)‚ said that white men still held onto most of the top management positions in the country at 68.9%.

Black people held 14.3% of these top positions‚ while Indian people occupied 8.6%‚ coloured people 4.7% and foreign nationals 3.5%.

BMF said the report’s statistics pertaining to top levels of management were unacceptable. Black people outnumbered white people in the economically active population at 77.4% to 9.9% and should hold more management roles‚ it said.

“An even more worrying phenomena presented by the CEE report as released yesterday is that the skills development funding allocation is seemingly largely spent on the same overrepresented white male grouping‚” it said.

The report said 41.7% of skills development funding has benefitted white males in top management compared with black males at 16.7%.

“There are a number of gatekeepers within corporate SA that are not aligned to the national project of a non-racial‚ non-sexist democratic country. They don’t understand the rationale and the bigger picture of what needs to be done to achieve the much needed socio-economic transformation for a more progressive South Africa.

“I hope these figures are a wake-up call to the legislators‚ whose policies are ineffective in driving change. It is about time that they come in and give some strategic intervention‚” Mthunzi said.

Earlier the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) also expressed disappointment that a few black people occupied top management positions.

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