Western Cape BEE figures disturbing, says labour minister

Releasing this year’s annual report on the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) at a parliamentary media briefing,  labour minister Mildred Oliphant said that there were some trends which “were disturbing” which she had noted had come from provincial governments.

Oliphant said while figures as far as BEE were concerned were improving in the employment of blacks at top senior management level in both the public and private sectors, the report showed white males and females were more likely to be recruited or promoted and the Western Cape government was still performing poorly with regard to the representation of black people, particularly Africans.

She quoted from the report, “The Western Cape is the worst performing province in terms of race and gender in both government and the private sector, across every occupational level.”

Labour director general, Thembinkosi Mkalipi, said, when the issue arose of whether party politics was involved in the observation, that employers themselves had provided employment equity statistics and his department did not interfere in the capturing and compilation of data

Mkalipi said amendments clauses to the Employment Equity Act contained in the Bill currently before parliament would speed up the process of transformation. There were many companies still resisting change, he said, and fronting was still an issue. The amendments including criminalising certain issues, so that fines could be raised and that this might further rectify the imbalances in equity returns next year.

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