Report on slow pace of transformation in the workplace raises eyebrows

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Government, organised business and labour have all denounced the slow pace of workplace transformation in South Africa. This after the Employment Equity Commission tabled its 14th Annual Report at its second indaba in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The report includes employment trends in the 10 years between 2003 and 2013. It shows that top management positions by race and gender are still skewed in favour of white people, particularly white males in the private sector.

According to the report white people make up 67 % of top management positions and black people have 20 % representation. Indians make up 4.1 % while coloureds have 5.1 % representation.

The commission says that the picture is the same when it comes to gender and people with disabilities. Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant says that the slow pace of transformation shows that remnants of apartheid still remain in the workplace.

She says the recently published draft employment equity regulations seeks to fast-track the process of equity in the workplace. The regulations have been severely criticised by the Democratic Alliance government in the Western Cape and some business groups.

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