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White male still dominate top management job profile – Department of Labour


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


This is a follow up to the recent release of the 16th Commission on Employment Equity report by Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant. Addressing hundreds of employers, human resources practitioners and unionists, Innocent Makwarela, Assistant Director for policy development in the Department of Labour, said in the same period, Africans in top management positions occupied 18 percent.


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


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.


Next week two workshops will be held on 12 and 13 September in both George and Cape Town in the Western Cape. The EE roadshows wind off on 19 and 20 September in both Pretoria and at Birchwood in Boksburg, Gauteng, respectively. 


The workshops are held under the theme: “Transformation - makes business sense”. The  objectives of the stakeholder workshops are to:


  • To publicise the department’s Code of Good Practice on Employment of Persons with Disabilities;

  • To gather public comment on the Draft Amended Code of Good Practice on the Preparation of EE Plans

  • To publicise the 2016 EE Online Reporting

  • To publicise the 16th Annual Report and the 2015 EE Public Register

  • To present current Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) cases on Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value


Lucia Rayner, Deputy Director in the Employment Equity Directorate speaking on the code of good practice on the employment of people with disabilities, said: “The code is intended to help employers and employees understand their rights and obligations in order to promote certainty and to ensure that persons with disabilities can enjoy and exercise their rights at work. It is also intended to help create awareness of the contributions persons with disabilities can make in the workplace,” Rayner said.


She said employers, employees and their organisations should use the code to develop, implement and refine disability equity policies and programmes to suit the needs of their own workplace.


Media Release: Department of Labour: 07 September 2016




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