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Aug 03 2011 16:00 Sapa

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Pretoria - Whites still occupy 73.6% of top management positions in the country, the Commission of Employment Equity reported on Wednesday.

According to the commission's 11th annual report that was released in Pretoria, blacks made up 12.7% of top management, while Indians made up 6.8% and coloureds constituted 4.6%.

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said she was disappointed at the slow pace of reform at top management.

The CEE's findings are based on 16 698 reports submitted by companies that have 150 or more employees.

Its findings cover 5 280 037 employees. Companies with less than 150 employees were not required to submit reports.

Although whites made up 73.1% of the top management, they only made up 12.1% of the economically active population while blacks made up 73.6% of that population with 12.7% in top management.

In 2006 blacks constituted 11.3% of top management and whites 74.9%.

At a senior management level whites still dominated holding 64.1% of those positions, while blacks occupied 17.6% of senior management positions, coloured 7% and Indians 9%.

The number of whites in senior management positions had dropped 6.8% since 2006, while the number of blacks had increased by 4.2%, Indians by 1.4% and coloureds by 1.2%.

According to the report, top management whites were least dominant in the community/social/personal services sector with whites occupying 52.4% of top management positions, while in comparison in the retail and motor trade sectors whites occupied 81.8% of top management positions.


mildred oliphant  |  sa economy  |  labour


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