Port Elizabeth - Educational achievement is a more important indicator of why people are employed rather than race. This, according to the SA Institute of Race Relations' Lucy Holborn.
She says the proportion of people by race in professional positions closely mirrors the proportion of people by race with professional qualifications.
According to their data, there are about 41% of black people with degrees and 36% of blacks in professional positions.
There are 45% of white people with degrees or higher qualifications and 42% of them are in professional positions.
Holborn says their data, sourced from the Commission for Employment Equity and Statistics South Africa, challenges the view that employers are resisting racial transformation.