Human Resource

Old Mutual MD Roddy Sparks has reacted to some negative publicity the insurance giant has received from a case in the Labour Court. The issue involves an employee who made a racist statement in the workplace and after appealing a dismissal, was re-employed.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has reiterated his call for employers to comply with the Employment Equity Act saying failure to do so may see the offender paying a hefty fine.

Xolela Mangcu, an Executive Director at the HSRC, paraphrased his grand mother?s question to him: "ivela phi le nto? "Where does this affirmative action come from because I wasn?t consulted?" It was one of a number of questions posed to promote discussion at the recent symposium on Affirmative Action held at the University of Cape Town.

Discussions on employment equity and affirmative action often end without agreement - even about the terms being used. A new work by Professor Harish Jain provides some valuable guidance on dealing with these issues.

For the first time in 83 years, women in the South African Navy are gathered to discuss issues of empowerment and transformation in the force and society in general.

Large companies have only a few days left to complete and submit their employment equity reports on the Department of Labour's new computerised system.

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.

Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has called for
greater equality between men and women, and said women should be
vigilant about gains made so far.

Wathinti' abafazi wathint' imbokodo reverberated at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria, as women ambassadors and high commissioners gathered to celebrate International Women's Day.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has commended employers who submitted their Employment Equity Reports which were due on the first of October.

The Labour Minister has reminded all designated employers to submit their latest employment equity reports on October 1st.

Primedia's outdoor division is committed to an Employment Equity strategy that management believe is an investment in its people and its future success.

Affirmative Action through Employment Equity is essential to eradicate the effects of discrimination and bring the majority into the economy, argues Loyiso Mbabane, Senior Lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business.

While fines for failing to comply with the Employment Equity Act are harsh on paper, in practice no companies have ever been fined. Now it seems that's about to change.

The National Economic Development and Labour Council's Growth and Development Task Team, have embarked on a nationwide road show campaign aimed at increasing awareness around Employment Equity issues.

Read the full speech made by Minister Membathisi Mdladlana at the release of the Commission for Employment Equity's report on the 13th July 2004.

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