women directors hold seats in the board rooms of South Africa's
largest companies. Only 5.8% (179) of 3,087 board directorships
in the Top 300 companies are held by women.
Among the Top 300 companies, those owned by the government have
greater representation of women on theirs boards (20%) than the
publicly-listed companies (4.3%). They also average more board
seats held by women (4 per board) than publicly-held companies
(1-2 per board).
little over a third (37.7%) of South Africa's 300 largest
companies have female directors. The majority (62.3%) of these
companies do not have women holding corporate board seats.
South African Broadcasting Corporation ranks first among the Top
300 companies in the number of women on its board – 5 out of 12
Among publicly-listed companies, Rentsure Holdings Ltd. has the
highest percentage of women board directors – 33.3% (2 out of 6
Among the companies that do have women on their boards, the
majority (63.7%) only have single seats for women. Overall, most
South African companies are not yet ready to have more than one
woman on their board.
179 women-held corporate board directorships in the Top 300
companies are actually claimed by only 140 individuals, since
25% hold multiple directorships. Five women hold four or more
board seats: Dr. Danisa Baloyi, Elizabeth le R. Bradley, Irene
Charnley, Hixonia Nyasulu, and Prof. Louise Tager.
comparison with other countries that have data on women's
representation on the boards of each country's major
corporations shows the United States at 11.1%; Australia at
10.7%; followed by Canada at 9.1%; then South Africa at 5.8%;
the United Kingdom at approximately 5% and Japan at 0.2%.
of the 500 largest companies in the United States now have at
least one woman corporate director, compared to only 37.7% of
South Africa's Top 300 publicly-listed and government-owned
companies having female board directors.
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