Western Cape scores lowest on EE

2012-09-11 14:52

Johannesburg - Cosatu was not surprised on Tuesday by a report showing the Western Cape was the worst province in the country for employment equity.

"This, in our view, is directly related to the attitude of the Democratic Alliance and the premier and their policies of fit for purpose," the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said in a statement.

"This gives the officials the justification to disregard the employment equity provisions of the law."

The report was released by the commissioner for employment equity on Tuesday and analysed both public and private sectors.

Cosatu said that although the report looked at full-time employees in the public sector, the advantages for whites were even more revealing if consultants to the provincial government were considered.

Private sector businesses in the Western Cape took their cue from the provincial government in disregarding employment equity.

This confirmed anecdotes about white cliques not welcoming black people to the workplace, with the tacit approval of management.

"It also confirms the sense... that the DA is trying to create the last bastion against equality and for the defence of the apartheid generational advantage of the white community," Cosatu said.

"All South Africans need to follow the employment equity provisions so that we can honour the social contract between black and white communities at the end of apartheid."

It called on national government to take decisive action against the DA.

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  • shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-09-11 15:02

    anyhting to try and make the DA look worse off than the ANC

      Lyndatjie - 2012-09-11 17:01

      But what figures are they looking at? Up until a while ago the Western Cape followed their DEMOGRAPHICS... but now its suddenly NATIONAL... which means that the previous "so called coloured" is now not black enough... Figures are extremely easy to manipulate - 2012-09-11 19:47

      @Lyndatjie. They are talking about National Demographics and seeing as Coloured people are the biggest race group (then Black and White quite equal) in the Western Cape this makes it totally impossible for the Western Cape to be anything but the worst performer. If National Government wants the Western Cape to reflect National demographics it will require millions of people having to move. It's pretty stupid really.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-09-11 15:14

    EE is not a DA policy which I completely agree with... EE is the reason why SA is so mismanaged and companies will employ white people cos how often have not seen lately of companies that will not accept white candidates so companies will feel that if the gov will play the EE game then they will do the exact opposite. EE is just another word for discrimination in this 'democratic' country.

      xolani.mhlongo3 - 2012-09-11 15:27

      I have been to Western Cape. It will take a very long time for EE to apply,if it will. 8 of 10 place we visited employees are foreigners.

      cap.mor.5 - 2012-09-11 16:32

      I'm sure the stats are not in-line with the countries demographics, because there are not 74% blacks in the WC. It's quite simple mathematics actualy. Not that COSATU would actually understand this.The question should be,'Does the EE scorecard reflect the demographics of the province?' I'm sure that the WC will not be the worst of the pick then. The EE scorecard probably looks better than the Stormers scoreboard come semifinal and final games. Had to get that one in. :~)

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-09-11 15:15

    So what!! At least the Western Cape are employing based on qualification and not skin colour. Well done!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-11 15:22

    Casatu once again trying to play politicians while their own house is close to burning. Go do the job of supporting and working in the interest of your members who have been paying the fees. You have failed your members miserably and have been caught with your hands in the corruption till, now you lie once again in an attempt to deflect attention away from yourselves best you look after your own business before putting your nose where it does not belong. The workers are wanting to cut that Pinochio nose soon sonner the better.

  • leonard.rom.7 - 2012-09-11 15:38

    and the rest of south africa is run down is that what make cosatu happy !?

  • joe.mac.31521301 - 2012-09-11 15:38

    Cosato’s strategy is quite simple – Black quota before anything else & to infect South Africa’s business landscape with their “exemplary” work ethic. Bugger education, integrity, honesty, merit, discipline, regard for life and fairness. Once everything goes pear shaped they will blame it on the past. One thing is clear; these people are a bunch of racists with a sinister agenda. They are pure evil. How can you punish all the other population groups in this country because they restrain themselves? They do not bring innocent kids into this world if they cannot look after them. This country’s so called leadership have the foresight of a brick. The primary reason consultants are required is because the full time affirmative employees cannot do their jobs. This is the main reason why this country is still functioning to some extent. But who cares, right? Once everything is destroyed at least we got the quotas sorted.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-11 15:38

    Cosatu - one mouth & two feet.

  • rontheogre - 2012-09-11 15:42

    I would like to see how WC economic growth compares to other provinces despite little or no mining or raw materials being available. Perhaps the article also explains the relatively better service I receive and better qualified employees I deal with(and in this instance I have to point out that this is applicable to all races)in the private and public sector compared to my experience in other provinces.

      stevemoss4 - 2012-09-11 15:50

      well put Ronald. Fin24 or News24 can you please give us such stats?? - 2012-09-11 16:19

      Here's something interesting: The average FDI rate into the Western Cape is up 27% compared to the old ANC days ( Now when you consider the ANC was administering the WC during a worldwide economic boom compared to the sluggish times from 2009; this is even more impressive.

  • stevemoss4 - 2012-09-11 15:46

    So What??? We have the lowest EE rating but the only province that managed its finances properly in the last financial year.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-11 16:02

      Someone should tell them that there will always be one province with the lowest EE. This time it just so happens to be the Western Cape. Would like to see on what these conclusions are based on.

      ike.jakson - 2012-09-13 06:58

      See, Are you including Bergrivier Municipality [Bergmun] in Piketberg?

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-09-11 15:56

    I know of a few people and companies moving do there. Seems the quality of the people in the Western Cape is drawing a lot of business. That can be expected.

  • brendanbmeyer - 2012-09-11 16:05

    Worst EE score = Best administrated province! Put two and two together.

  • riaan.w.vanwyk - 2012-09-11 16:12

    It's because they have high standards. You don't get a job because of the color of your skin, but based on your ability to perform.. The way it should be.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-09-11 16:30

    I moving to wc good to know ill find a job on merit not getting shown the cause im white

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-09-11 16:33

    only a bunch of trade unionists could whine about the great job a province that emphasises ability over race is doing. the anc way is to settle for mediocre and dishonest as long as the racial profile fits. Woolies take note.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-09-11 16:34

    This is why DA is not on my menu. Looking after the interest of the minority.

      Kaven Huang - 2012-09-12 02:00

      seriously?! thieving grand parents?! ur beloved government is thieving RIGHT NOW! believe it or not, they've been thieving 18 years ago!

  • jp.roux87 - 2012-09-11 16:43

    LOL. Thank you cosatu for highlighting the correlation between low scores on the ee and a more successful and productive region.

  • sbusiso.magembe - 2012-09-11 17:49

    Government must try and resolve this imbalance

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-11 21:00

      You must be a member of the ANCYL, so I guess you don't want the Western Cape to succeed and make the rest of ANC run country look like the bunch of clowns they are. Address the imbalance and make the entire country look crap not just the section run by you lot,

      mark.lawrence.581525 - 2012-09-12 00:58

      Sbusiso advocates the bussing in of more Eastern Cape refugees (Mbeki-style) to further shift the Western Cape's demographics and correct the 'shortage' of blacks in the workplace and in the voting booth at the expense of Coloureds and Whites.

  • isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2012-09-11 18:23

    shame black people still marginalised in their own country by the minority.nowonder the violence and killings in mines.better to suffer in your own country than be treated like an animal by the minority.shame and you talk of democracy ha ha ha ha

      sarel.brits - 2012-09-11 20:54

      You talk about the minority as if they are your enemy are you a racist? The people in the Cape voted for the DA and clearly they are happy with the DA government so the majority does rule it just not a ANC majority.

      mark.lawrence.581525 - 2012-09-12 00:49

      This may be difficult for to you digest, dear Isaac, but the inconvenient truth is that blacks are a minority in the Western Cape. Coincidentally, this is the best-run province in the country, and has the fastest-growing provincial economy with the lowest unemployment rate.

  • gareth.dickens - 2012-09-11 20:08

    The worst EE figures and yet the best managed province in the country...... Makes you think, doesn't it?

  • sarel.brits - 2012-09-11 21:07

    Cosatu, connect the dots.... Wester Cape works WHY???? because you and the African National Corruption is not involved and quite frankly making you look bad.

  • Lizelle Le Roux - 2012-09-11 21:57

    COSATO should rather worry about what is happening at the mines and stop playing games. If the strikes carry on people are going to loose their jobs and COSATO will be out of pocket and our economy is taking a dip wake up and sort ur self out first.

  • jacques.swanepoel.372 - 2012-09-11 22:05

    Double Thumbs up to the Western Cape !!

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-09-12 06:07

    Whilst newspapers like this one, and other online media continue to give idiots a mouthpiece, the brewing unrest will be perpetuated forever. The 'soundbites', or, 'oneliners' as headlines is so misleading. e.g if Malema suddenly vanished from the media? he would be toothless. etc..... Correct reporting, an article like this one, ought to have statements from all sides. All that is happening here, is that 'we' are inciting readers/racial bias etc without solutions or good discussions. Ne? my 5 cents worth this early in the day.

  • toni.falletisch - 2012-09-12 07:50

    Limpopo scores best for employment equity but is the worst run ,most corrupt province ... can you see the correlation!

  • tony.pope.5205 - 2012-09-12 13:34

    COSATU once again demonstrates its stupidity.This report spells out why the W.C is functional while Limpopo and the E.C. are dysfunctional.

  • warren.rodel - 2012-09-12 17:45


  • cameron.briceland - 2012-09-17 12:59

    I openly hate COSATU and their fascist anti-white stance towards the splendid gains the DA has made in the Western Cape. The ANC are just itching to bugger this up because they look even more pathetic and disorganised in the light of such enormous successes.

  • robinson.demarillac - 2012-12-23 15:45

    DEMOGRAPHICS.....SIMPLE WORD...maybe too simple for the ANC? Or must the mostly Coloured population be FORCIBLY REMOVED to other provinces, to ensure that the ANC can have nice EE figures?

  • Lwando Barayi - 2013-04-19 20:32

    You (ANC) are the reason why Zille and company shows no respect for ANC or any black person for that matter. Have wondered why she chose to her state of the province before state of the nation? It is only in this country where there are two under opposition leadership. You chase away all the intellectuals because of your greed. Face it DA does not have respect for you. There was no reason to classify Chinese or Coloureds as black. You should have left them the way they are. You thought you will have good working relationship with them but you forgot that you were only united by the enemy (apartheid). This is not what Chris Hanni, Sabelo Pama and the rest would have allowed. It's about time you prove to Hellen Zille and supporters that you have balls and if you can't please give people who are not cowards to do so. There is no reason for you to entertain DA you should put them where they belong, like Robert Mugabe does to MDC. I advise you to learn a thing or two from Mugabe and stop trying to please the minority and their Western or Israeli backers.

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