MANAGEMENT: Cape Workplaces Under The Spotlight
Recent Western Cape Business News
Transformation in the Western Cape will be under the spotlight when major professional bodies and black professionals converge this August to discuss the state of play and whether transformation in Cape workplaces is withering.
The Western Cape has been the bone of contention in provincial transformation debates with some damning reports suggesting the wheels of transformation are moving too slowly. Most recently, a report commissioned by the Employment Equity Programme transformation in the Cape was "at best stalled, and perhaps in reverse”. The report examined 13 Western Cape businesses that together employed about 60 000 people in management positions.
Hosted by the Association for South African Black Actuarial Professionals (ASABA) and co-sponsored by Sanlam and Forsdicks BMW Tygervalley, the upcoming Transformation Indaba will test these reports against the experiences of black professionals in the province.
According to ASABA president, Lusani Mulaudzi, the debate about transformation in Cape workplaces has been raging for some time and the Indaba is designed to get to the bottom of what is really going on in organisations.
“There has been a lot of commentary on this issue in the Cape from all quarters, and we thought it would be productive to get together and share experiences. We want to ask if this is the reality faced or perhaps just a perception. If there are challenges, it is also a forum for discussing how to overcome these,” said Mulaudzi.
He added that the Indaba will also cement relationships between professional bodies and allow the organisations and professionals to learn from one another and explore ways to overcome the transformation challenges in their industries. Attendance to the Indaba is free.
“Each organisation that participates is invited to nominate a spokesperson to give a short presentation about the status of transformation in their industry and then be part of a panel to discuss the issues. An expert facilitator will be present to guide these discussions involving both the panel and the rest of the delegates,” said Mulaudzi.
He explained that the Employment Equity Programme (EEP) report was just one of a number of studies that suggested transformation was sluggish in the province, particularly when it came to qualified black professionals moving up the ladder.
In all companies participating in the EEP study, African people are under-represented (in management positions) in comparison to their overall contribution to the South African workforce, the researchers wrote.
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