Western Cape government should lead by example on transformation
The news that the Western Cape is the worst performer with regards to race and gender equity at every job level both in government and the private sector confirms the fears of many Africans that the Western Cape resists transformation.
Africans in the Western Cape regularly complain about being made to feel unwelcome at the workplace particularly in the private sector. They also complain about being overlooked for promotions and senior managerial positions despite meeting all the requirements. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that the Western Cape private sector in particular is the worst performer on employment equity in South Africa.
The Western Cape government needs to lead by example on transformation, because this is the only way it can put the private sector under pressure to comply with employment equity legislation.
We can longer entertain tired excuses, such as “dire skills shortages” as reasons for failing to advance transformation. To a considerable extent, talk about “dire skills shortages” among Africans in the Western Cape Province is a figment of people’s imagination. Thousands of skilled and qualified black people in this Province are either finding it difficult to break through the glass ceiling in the workplace or are jobless.
Embracing transformation is critical for promoting equal opportunities and redressing past imbalances.
UDM Deputy Secretary General
18 September 2012