Last few days to meet deadline

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Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has appealed to designated employers to submit their employment equity reports not later than the prescribed 3 October 2005 deadline.

He said the Department has already gone an extra mile in its bid to ensure that employers submit their reports on time by introducing a user-friendly online reporting system.

This means that employers with the staff complement of 150 employees or more can now submit their reports electronically - through the Department of Labour?s website at www.labour.gov.za.

The new system will enable employers to securely and directly relay reports to the exact or responsible managers. The data supplied will therefore be validated automatically.

There will be no query letters sent as co-responses to employers, no delays as previously experienced due to postage, and employers will have an advantage of working on the system as much as they desire - and the information will be stored automatically.

The user name and password have already been supplied to company Chief Executive Officers and other authorized people on September 1.

Employers who need further assistance can contact the Department's call centre number 086 010 1018.

The Department is currently conducting countrywide road-shows to encourage employers to comply with the law.

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