Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has reminded all designated employers to submit their employment equity reports for the reporting period of October 1, outlining the progress of their companies.
The act is aimed at achieving equity in terms of race and gender in the workplace and to redress imbalances caused by the apartheid government's discriminatory laws.
It also wants to create better conditions for women and the disabled people. The deadline was set to ensure that employers, whether government or private sector, properly implement affirmative action.
The Employment Equity Act of 1998 stipulates that employers who have 50 or more workers - or have an annual turnover which is equal or above the relevant sector threshold as required by the Act, should submit Employment Equity reports.
Minister Mdladlana also appealed to employers with 150 or more workers to complete Employment Equity forms for income differential statements.
"The forms are required to be completed in full, accurately and must be signed by the company's Chief Executive Officer," said Minister Mdladlana.