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DenelCity Press reports that Denel looked at almost 100 corporate executives in its bid to fill the position of CEO, preferably with a black person.  

But the state-owned arms manufacturer was rejected and bluntly told that, as a state-owned enterprise (SOE), it was not a preferred career destination.  This was indicated by Denel chairperson Monhla Hlahla on Friday, following a threat by the Black Management Forum (BMF) to approach courts to have the appointment of white male Daniel du Toit overturned because, in its view, there were many black professionals who could have been appointed instead.  Du Toit was due to start working at Denel on Monday.  The company received 132 applications, 44 of which were responses to adverts, while the remainder were headhunted.  A total of 99 candidates were African, coloured and Indian men, while 43 of the candidates withdrew.  Eventually, from a shortlist of five male candidates, three were white and two were black.  “We headhunted, but we were rejected.  Some of them told us that, although the offer was flattering, they were not interested.  They saw the SOE roles as poisoned, while others said black people were punished at SOEs,” Hlahla said.  She added that some believed that joining an SOE, let alone Denel, was a reputational risk because of past and recent revelations of corruption and other dodgy dealings at SOEs.  The Liberated Metalworkers Union of SA (Limusa), a Cosatu affiliate, has also come out guns blazing against Du Toit’s appointment, which Hlahla was on merit.

  • Read Lesetja Malope’s original report in full at City Press
  • Read too, Denel reaffirms commitment to transformation after appointment of white CEO, at Engineering News


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