Greetings my loving fanbase. From today I will be less half arsed about this blog again and updating more as we approach the local elections.
The latest studies done by the SAIRR (South African Institute of Race relations) have been a breath of fresh air. For years, no decades, South Africans have been making jokes about our parastatals and their effectiveness thinking they were taking a swipe at black ineptitude. The irony is delicious in so many ways.
Firstly as you can see from the data I recently posted the performance of parastatals with a few exceptions has been stellar. Eskom for example has put as much as 80% more people on the electricity grid in 15 years. But here's the first part of the joke. Despite this there has been a widely held perception that Eskom had somehow done a bad job.
Now it's clear they haven't. So again it was a case that there was a willingness to form this mythology because people simply wanted to believe that black people can't run a parastatal effectively. But guess what ? They weren't running it in the first place ! Whites were !
The data, which was sourced from a parliamentary question, shows that at the electricity parastatal, Eskom, of the 21 members of top management, only a third are African, a third Indian or coloured, and a third white. Nearly half (48%) of the 388 members of senior management are white. Some 30% are African, six percent coloured, and 16% Indian.
Of the 407 members of the management of the arms parastatal, Denel, 10% are African, five percent coloured, eight percent Indian, and 77% white.Of the 102 members of the top management of the logistics parastatal, Transnet, 41% are African, six percent coloured, 21% Indian, and 32% white. Of the 495 members of senior management at Transnet, 39% are African, 10% coloured, 19% Indian, and 33% white.
There are only three parastatals where Africans make up 50% or more of management. These are South African Airways (Africans account for 50% of management), the South African Forestry Company Limited (67%), and South African Express (67%).
So ladies and chumps, there you have it. The extreme right winged white South Africans dilemma.
Does he swallow his pride and now change his tune and come out in praise of the work done by the mostly white run parastatals ? Or does he against all the facts continue his dogmatic yapping against them and rubbish his case that whites could do better job running the country than blacks ?