Sixteen years into the country's democracy, white men still monopolise top management positions, Employment Equality Commission chairperson Mpho Nkeli said on Thursday.
"White males still dominate. They are recruited, trained and promoted more," Nkeli said in Pretoria at the release of the tenth annual report.
She said that while there had been a slight improvement from last year, government was committed to enforcing more stringent conditions to ensure that companies comply.
"We need to make it easier to prosecute, monitor and ensure compliance."
The commission recommended that it needed to by investigated why there was resistance to progress and racism in the workplace.
Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana said that he was "quite angry" about the report.
"Actually I'm feeling quite angry that we still find ourselves in the same situation we were in ten years ago.
"Our people, including myself, are running out of patience."