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WC premier talks Employment Equity balance

Helen Zille says her administration is trying to balance Employment Equity in the Western Cape.

Helen Zille says her administration is trying to balance Employment Equity in the Western Cape.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said on Wednesday her administration is trying to balance the Employment Equity (EE) scales in the province.

Zille raised the issue ahead of the release of the 13th Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) Report.

The labour minister will release the findings on Thursday.

But the premier is worried the data will misrepresent Employment Equity levels in the Cape.

She said the provincial government is doing all it can to provide opportunities for everyone.

"Of course you can only go up if there's a vacancy and if people are doing a good job - people don't want to be shoved off to somewhere else or forced into retirement. These are challenges that we face, they have nothing to do with being racist or anything else."

She admitted they have a problem placing people in the top bracket of professionally skilled specialists.

"The law intends us to build a pipeline and train and mentor people. But it seems completely wrong to have the focus on 75 people at the very top levels of management and government. But in fact at the very top level we're doing very well which is pay class 15 and 16."

Zille also expressed her unhappiness by not being invited to the launch of the 13th CEE report.

But the labour department's Ntsoaki Mamashela said there's nothing sinister about this.

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