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35% of women in top positions

The Commission for Gender Equality believes more can be done to ensure women hold senior management positions.

SA Flag. Catherine Rice/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) believes government and the private sector could do more to add women to their senior management teams.

CGE said around 35 percent of all top management positions in South Africa are currently held by females.

The issue was discussed at length at a two-day employment equity hearing in Cape Town.

The commission said it wants to see more women in senior management positions.

It believes the country has a long way to go in terms of gender transformation in the workplace.

As part of the Employment Equity Act, companies and government departments are obliged to increase promotion opportunities for females.

Employers are also required to remove obstacles that may hinder their promotion path.

CGE's Keegan Lakay said, "We've taken the decision to put in measures to address issues of gender equality."

While the commission has acknowledged efforts by various organisations, it feels there is room for improvement.