Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) says it welcomes the highly critical 2011/12 employment equity report but suggested that there were serious impediments preventing some business from meeting equity targets.
The Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) Annual Report was released in Parliament this week lamented the slow pace of transformation in the workplace.
Launching the report, Labour Department director general Lloyd Ramutlou, said the figures were both exciting and disappointing at the same time. “On the one hand, positive signs are evident at the Skilled and Professionally Qualified levels where equitable representation is likely in the not so distant future if current progression patterns continue. On the other hand, the same cannot be said for the two most upper occupational levels, at the Senior and Top Management levels. The workforce movements at these levels indicate that equitable representation will only be achieved in the distant future if current patterns continue – although Whites accounted for the highest amount of terminations, they also accounted for the most number of recruitments and promotions”.
Added Ramutlou “It is very clear from the report that males and White people are more likely to be recruited and promoted when compared to any other group. Progress on the employment of people with disabilities still remains rather dismal when compared to the other designated groups.
CEE chairperson Mpho Nkeli said they were “very disappointed with the lack of progress being made in the Western Cape at Government and the Private Sector as well”.
In a statement, BUSA CEO Nomaxabiso Majokweni said while we are pleased with the progress achieved by the seven companies identified in the report, we acknowledge that more should be done to improve private sector compliance with the Employment Equity Act”.
“It is regrettable that after 14 years, the country still has to contend with the painfully slow pace of economic transformation. We commend Woolworths on the bold steps it took to embrace transformation and diversity”.
“We also note and acknowledge there are some impediments in our system and economy that have hindered rapid transformation – particularly the continued failure of the education system and colleges to produce candidates that are qualified and suitable to the needs of business,” said Majokweni.