By Elvis Muraranganda
AN Employment Equity Commission (EEC) report indicates that whites still continue to dominate the top echelons of management in the country, with 592 executive directors classified as previously racially advantaged, while 291 previously racially disadvantaged individuals were employed at this level from 2015 to 2016.
The EEC report was compiled using information from 763 companies, and was released recently.
Although the previously racially disadvantaged constituted 93 percent of the 199 126-strong employee workforce, which was covered in the report, they only filled 28 percent of posts at executive director level, compared to the 58 percent occupied by the previously racially advantaged. Non-Namibians accounted for 13 percent of the positions at this level.
This translates to 499 men and 93 women from the previously racially advantaged group occupying executive director posts, while the previously racially disadvantaged are represented by 211 and 80 men and women, respectively.
During the period under review, a total of 154 men and 108 women, classified as previously racially advantaged, were recruited at executive director level, compared to 124 racially disadvantaged men and 58 women, who fall into this racial category.
A total of 18 whites were promoted into executive director posts, compared to 11 blacks, while the employment of 40 whites and 30 blacks, working as executive directors, was terminated.
Racially advantaged executive directors dominate the construction, fishing, health and welfare, ICT, mining, services, tourism and hospitality, transport, wholesale and retail sectors.
Black executive directors are leading in the education, training and development, local government, water and public service sectors.
The races are neck-in-neck in the financial intermediation, private security, legal and correctional services sectors.
At senior management level, the EEC recorded a racially-balanced placement of employees, with blacks accounting for 66 percent of managerial positions. This is said to be a 10 percent increase in black managers recorded, compared to the previous year’s report. In the 2014/15 report it was recorded that a total of 168 288 employees were covered, and although black employees comprised 84 percent of the total workforce, at the time, they only held 56 percent of the positions at management level.
According to the 2015/16 report, the EEC received several complaints from workers, who alleged unfair discrimination on the grounds of race and gender.
Workers also alleged that companies were not adhering to the Affirmative Action (Employment) Act.
The Act makes provisions for preference to be given to persons from previously disadvantaged groups, and Namibian citizens, when employment posts are filled.
The latest EEC report also recorded that investigations had taken place into allegations of discrimination.
However, it has been difficult for investigators to find concrete evidence to support the conclusion that the victims were discriminated against on the basis of race and gender.
The commission also indicated that it has pressed charges against a number of employers, who violated some provisions of the Act.
The EEC said that the employers concerned had failed to adhere to reporting dates, and had also not submitted reports on time, which was a common offence.
Namibian Breweries Limited, Taleni-Sossusvlei Lodge and Cymot were named as Best Performers, in terms of compliance with affirmative action processes.
In the Good Performers category, Distell Namibia, Model Pick ‘n Pay and Nedbank Namibia received the EEC accolades.
In the third category of Average Performers, Obeco, Deloitte & Touche, FNB Namibia, Diesel Electric and Langer Heinrich Uranium were mentioned.
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