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Xingwana slates lack of women CEOs

2011-06-07 12:45

Cape Town - Extra measures need to be taken urgently to hasten the transformation and empowerment of women, the Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, said on Tuesday.

Addressing the National Assembly during debate on her budget vote, Xingwana said while women constituted more than 50% of the population, they remained "severely" under-represented in decision-making positions.

She said women constitute less than 10% of chief executives and chairpersons of boards of companies listed on the JSE.

They hold less than 16% of directorships and 21% of executive management positions.

The number of better performing companies with 25% or more women directors and executive managers continued to decrease from 58 in 2008 to 37 in 2010.

"We still have 27 JSE-listed companies without even a single woman at directorship or executive management level. One example is Checkers, which does not have a single woman in its board despite the vast majority of its customers and workers being women.

"Clearly there is an urgent need for extra measures to be taken to hasten the process of transformation and empowerment of women," said Xingwana.

She said the department is working on the gender equity bill which will provide the necessary legislative authority to hasten the empowerment of women.

It will address issues of enforcement and compliance towards the attainment of the 50/50 gender parity target.

Consultation on the bill is under way and the final draft is to be submitted to cabinet for approval by March 2012.

"The enactment of the gender equality bill will lead to systemic improvements for women and facilitate the attainment of gender equality," said Xingwana.

Comments
  • Nuraq - 2011-06-07 13:02

    Gender Equality Bill? What is next, Stupid People Equality bill or Blood Type Equality Bill? Will this bill also force gender equality in companies where men are in the minority? Having equal rights does not mean that demographics needs to be forced into every corner of society.

      Rob Gunning - 2011-06-07 14:00

      I agree with you 100%. Perhaps we should also look at why ex-convicts are not in the majority executives or maybe we should have a more equitable assignement of positions based on hair or eye colour. I know far too many companies where the lack of blonde woman is simply appaling while the number of dark haired woman seems to be prominant. Maybe there should be more people wearing short pants to work rather than longs and woman should not be allowed to wear dresses or grow their hair long as this is a sexual bias that can only further entrench a division amongst all South Africans. Lulu, why don't you shut your mouth and do something which actually benefits all South Africans equally without forcing unjustifiable equity.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-06-07 16:43

      Nuraq - I’m with you 100% as well - will there ever be a time when employment in the region will match the demographics of race or gender – ridiculous.

      clark - 2011-06-07 17:55

      - What ever happened to the concept of merit ?

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-06-07 13:09

    They're throwing their babies in pit toilets & you want CEO's....baby steps,Lulu, baby steps....

  • Gorilla - 2011-06-07 13:16

    Maybe if our (so called) leaders started concentrating on actually running a country and not keep trying to paint a pretty picture we might get somewhere.

  • Peacock - 2011-06-07 13:16

    Dear Lulu has missed something I think. " The number of better performing companies with 25% or more women directors and executive managers continued to decrease from 58 in 2008 to 37 in 2010." - Why is there as decrease?? Is it because of the women directors who were put there, were put as "tokens"?. To become a Director, Senior Manager etc, then you need experience - I think that is obvious. Can any one buy experience - NO! - It takes a long time to get the necessary broad based experience that "could" put you IN LINE for that type of promotion. If Lulu is going to force the issue, (Gender Equality Bill) then there will be a huge demise of companies as the leaders of said companies would be forced in to those positions with out knowing what they are doing.

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-06-07 13:18

    Let's hear what the BMF has to say about this. Oh wait, sorry, that's only for MANagement as perceived by MANyi & co.

  • RobertKay - 2011-06-07 13:23

    "Extra measures need to be taken urgently to hasten the transformation and empowerment of women, the Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, said on Tuesday." Sure, get another bunch of loyal ANC supporters, and place them in positions they are not qualified for, and cannot handle. It will do the statistics lot of good. As far as productivity and results are concerned - well, your guess is as good as mine!

  • jowza - 2011-06-07 13:25

    If women stayed at home and looked after the kids,lots of our social problems will be solved

  • Freddie - 2011-06-07 13:38

    What are needed are PEOPLE of ability, their gender and/or colour is immaterial. This needs to be applied in particular to local, regional and national government. Simply by opening her mouth and making the utterances that she has, indicates that this person has been appointed to a position beyond her abilities.

  • Marius - 2011-06-07 13:39

    Liewe Lulu...please go and dudu...you are a sexist!!!

  • Amelam - 2011-06-07 13:42

    I happened to have met this Minister when she was still a Deputy Minister. Only through politics could she have gotten where she is. She is not board material, and therein perhaps lies the tale.

  • Nasdaq7 - 2011-06-07 13:53

    Slate the women not the JSE listed companies. Women should become leaders instead of being home makers.

  • Shistirrer - 2011-06-07 13:57

    So what? Men are under-represented as mothers and housewives. That's life, deal with it. Most women tend to focus on family matters and not careers, so the "inequality" is natural, and not due to company practices. Question is, are the South African statistics any different to any other country?

  • De_La_Rey - 2011-06-07 14:06

    They don't have the "Balls"

  • call a spade - 2011-06-07 14:09

    in the business world other than in politics there are no cadre deployment, which is how Lulu got her job. Without being offensive and with all respect for women, the best candidate will get the job. Something wrong with that?

  • nthipe - 2011-06-07 14:10

    I assume the comments posted here are all from men. I'm glad the rules of the game are about to change. You can learn a thing or two from women. I SUPPORT THE MINISTER 100%. This is good news, ESPECIALLY for black women!!!

      Amelam - 2011-06-07 14:25

      I am a male and report to a female who happens to be extremely competent and a good boss. I know several others like her, of all races. There are many very good Black female directors and managers who were appointed purely on merit. The point is - let merit be the only criterion, not gender nor race.

      Playnice - 2011-06-07 14:29

      Don't ASSume.

      gcr - 2011-06-07 14:39

      The pool of women that Lulu is focussing on and wants to draw from have backgrounds of casual labour, domestic workers, school pregancy dropouts, school drop outs through lack of commitment, and regrettably the pool gets smaller the higher up the experience and intellectual ladder you get. What is it with these ministers that they can't see that you need kop to run large companies, why they can't see that they are making an absolute hash of just running government departments and ministries. This is a reflection on the ANC in general they think they can walk into high powered positions with no business acumen gained over years in the market place, investigating why things go wrong and coming up with workable solutions to eliminate these problems forever. Running a business is not about how much you get paid or how lazy you can be in a protected environment it is all about leading and getting the business and the customer to believe in your company. For goodness sake the government can't even get this right with taxpayer funds. Blame it on education if you must but remember you have a responsiblity to a higher group of people to make an honest effort to educate yourself and to further your education at every opportunity - some may call it self education I prefer to thing of it as keeping your current and relevant to whats happening in the world

  • ben petzer - 2011-06-07 14:37

    Does one assume that Government structures are exempt from gender equality bill, if not let us see some statistics.

  • Ngwenya47 - 2011-06-07 14:51

    It is a pity that one has to rely on legislation to get ahead rather than ability and ambition. Now stop sulking!!

  • epherb - 2011-06-07 14:56

    I am sure they will find a few Ministers's, and friends wifes to increase the monopoly of ANC controlled Corporate, and Business Enterprises

  • R.Suppards - 2011-06-07 15:39

    Would a Black lesbian paraplegic with AIDS be the front runner as she "ticks more boxes" than any male.

  • scud - 2011-06-07 17:45

    When Lulu was minister of agriculture she did nothing worth noting. I see she now speaks the same nonsense.

  • Joanna Housdon Cooke - 2011-06-08 18:16

    Women have been managing very well on merit for years in South African businesses; I find this sort of govt. interference highly patronising. Why does the Minister feels compelled to stick her nose into businesses that are being run perfectly well by women AND men. We're not living in the 1940's. Wake up Ma'm and get off the gender equality bandwagon; you need to concentrate on more important issues like children's rights.

  • Joanna Housdon Cooke - 2011-06-08 18:34

    Why does the Minister feel compelled to stick her nose where it doesn't belong. Women don't need government helping them out - we live in the 21st Century and have proven themselves to be capable of managing and owning businesses for decades. She should wake up and join the real world - and get involved in matters where government is needed. It's sad that we live in a country where government still feel compelled to dictate equality and issues when businesses - including women - manage better without their incompetent interference.

  • Joanna Housdon Cooke - 2011-06-09 10:35

    Why does the Minister feel compelled to stick her nose where it doesn't belong. Women don't need government helping them out - we live in the 21st Century and have proven themselves to be capable of managing and owning businesses for decades. She should wake up and join the real world - and get involved in matters where government is needed. It's sad that we live in a country where government still feel compelled to dictate equality and issues when businesses - including women - manage better without their incompetent interference.

  • Joanna Housdon Cooke - 2011-06-09 10:48

    Why does the Minister feel compelled to stick her nose where it doesn't belong. Women don't need government helping them out - we live in the 21st Century and have proven ourselves to be capable of managing and owning businesses for decades. She should wake up and join the real world - and get involved in matters where government is needed. It's sad that we live in a country where government still feel compelled to dictate equality and issues when businesses - including women - manage better without their incompetent interference.

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