More inspectors to enforce Employment Equity law

Employment and Labour Minister TW. Nxesi said the Department aimed to increase the number of Employment Equity inspectors in order to fast track transformation.

The minister was speaking at the official launch and handover of the 19th Commission for Employment Equity (CEE). The presentation was led by CEE Chairperson, Tabea Kabinde.

Nxesi said non-compliance had forced the Commission and the Department of Employment and Labour to set equity targets. Companies who failed to comply would feel the full weight of the law.

A critical area of EE Act amendment is the review of Section 53 that will require the issuing of an annual certificate of compliance to organisations doing business with the State and its organs.

The report showed ongoing race and gender disparities revealing that 65.5% of top management positions were occupied by the White group; followed by the African group at 15.1%; Indian group 9.7%; Coloured group 5.3% and Foreign Nationals 3.4%.

Similarly males continued to occupy 76.5% of the countries senior positions while females only filled 23. 5% of the top seats. Persons with Disabilities constitute 1.3% at top management level.

The report also revealed Whites as the dominant group within the private sector, comprising 69.6%, while Africans accounted for the majority of government positions at 76%.

South Africa’s national economically active population (EAP) by population and gender group shows that Africans constitute (78 percent); Coloureds (9, 6 percent); Indians (2, 7 percent); and Whites (9, 0 percent).

However Kabinde said Africans represented an “army” of unskilled workers occupying 83.7% of positions in the unskilled sector, followed by 11.0% Coloured, 3.5% Foreign Nationals, 1.1% Whites group and 0.8% from the Indian group

She pointed out that transformation across the board remained steady but slow. As a result government has committed to meting out harsher punishments for lawbreakers.

EE numbers at a glance

There was a 1.2% (320) increase in the number of reports received from 27 163 in 2017 to 27 485 in 2018.
A total of 44% of reports received were from Gauteng, followed by 20.8% from Western Cape, 15.1% from KwaZulu-Natal and 5.6% from Mpumalanga.
8.0% of the reports received were from Manufacturing, followed by 13.4% from Agriculture, 13.2% Wholesale trade, 11.5% Finance & business services and 9.8 % from Construction.
A total of 27485 reports were received covering 7 415 876 employees in 2018, with 95% of them received from the Private Sector.

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