Human Resource

With the number of cases of sexual harassment being pursued rising sharply, a new publication guiding managers on how to deal with the subject has arrived just in time.

The Department of Labour has introduced a new online system that will assist large employers who have to submit Employment Equity reports this October.

Gauteng Premier Mbazima Shilowa says it is up to the women of today to seize the opportunities created by the country's first decade of democracy and ensure South Africa truly belongs to all who live in it.

President Mbeki might have reached 45% female representation in his national cabinet, but other areas of the economy are not doing so well. In his speech on National Womens' Day, the president highlighted the poor performance of the private sector in achieving employment equity.

The Women in Economy conference, held recently in Pietermaritzburg, urged female delegates to think beyond traditional womens' roles in business, unless they become permanently associated with cleaning and catering.

Minerals and Energy Minister Lindiwe Hendricks has urged women to take the lead in driving economic growth and take advantage of emerging new opportunities.

The Minister of Labour has announced the establishment of the second Commission for Employment Equity to advise the Minister on issues relating to the Employment Equity Act.

Speaking at the launch of UCT?s transformation strategy, Education Minister Naledi Pandor pointed out just how serious the issue is for higher education institutions. "There is no choice but to succeed,' she said.

Black Management Forum MD, Jerry Vilakazi branded as 'scandalous' even thinking about abondoning affirmative action in the workplace, given the snails' pace at which employers are implementing employment equity programmes.

The latest report from the Employment Equity Commission shows that not only have companies been slow in implementing affirmative action measures in the workplace, but the representation of black people has actually gone down.

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