Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has commended employers who submitted their Employment Equity Reports which were due on the first of October.
Minister Mdladlana said there had been a remarkable increase in the submissions of reports this year as compared to previous years.
"This increase in reporting is welcomed, and it indicates that there has been a significant mobilisation for employers to report on their equity status," he said.
The labour department said at present, 8 431 reports were submitted and a further 459 were expected next month.
If submitted, these reports will make up to 9 000 the total number of reports received this year.
In 2002, the last year that all employers were required to report, only 6 990 reports were received.
Required to submit these are employers with more than 150 workers within six months after they become employers, and those with 50 or more workers, or whose annual income is more than the amount specified in Schedule 4 of the Act.
Employers are required to send employment equity reports to the department, and those who cannot must let the department know in writing.
Public employers must also publish summaries of their employment equity reports in their annual financial reports.
Employment Equity applies to all employers and workers and protects workers and job seekers from unfair discrimination, and also provides a framework for implementing affirmative action.