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White male managerial domination a concern for EE committee

The Commission for Employment Equity says it’s worried about the trend in various sectors of the economy.

Statistics displayed during a dialogue by the Commission for Employment Equity. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Commission for Employment Equity says it's worried about the trend of white male dominance at top management and senior levels in various sectors of the economy.

The commission, together with the Department of Labour, are holding a dialogue with the wholesale sector on transformation of workplaces in Fourways.



The Commission for Employment Equity says that over 18 years, there's been little transformation in South African workplaces.

With respect to the whole sale sector, Commissioner Dr Annelie Gildenhuys says the picture is grim.

"We have predominantly white males at a managerial level."



The commission's chairperson Tabea Kabinde says what's more worrying is that the trend is prominent across all sectors.

"This is a phenomenon that puzzles us and we need to understand why this is the case."

The commission will now compile a report following discussions with all sectors, which it hopes will culminate in the amendment of legislation, to give the department more teeth to force compliance.