Transformation in SA companies is well underway

Another Women’s Month has come around and, depending on where you sit, the cause for women in the corporate perch is well and truly being secured – or is it?

According to data from executive search firm Jack Hammer, the appointment of women in corporate positions is rising consistently year-on-year, from 26% in 2015, to 32% (2016), 38% (2017) and, ultimately, 52% last year – giving credence to the perception that the transformation item on the to-do list of South African companies is now well and truly ticked, and that attention can move to more pressing concerns.

There is a rolling crescendo among gender activists, as the list of female appointments into executive positions grows, some attributing it to the emergence of the “New Dawn”, the euphoria brought about by President Cyril Ramaphosa, whose captivating “Thuma Mina” campaign has spearheaded a new energy in the doing of things business.

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