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Basic Guide to Employment Equity Plans

by Zopedol — last modified 2014-02-18 13:36
Employers must have employment equity plans. The plans must show the objectives, affirmative action measures, timetables, duration, procedures and responsibilities that employers will implement.


The Employment Equity Act applies to all employers, workers and job applicants, but not members of the –
  • National Defence Force;
  • National Intelligence Agency; and
  • South African Secret Service.

The provisions for affirmative action apply to –

  • employers with 50 or more workers, or whose annual income is more than the amount specified in Schedule 4 of the Act;
  • municipalities;
  • organs of State;
  • employers ordered to comply by a bargaining council agreement;
  • any employers who volunteer to comply.


  • Employment Equity Act
    Applies to all employers and workers and protects workers and job seekers from unfair discrimination, and also provides a framework for implementing affirmative action

Employment Equity Plan

Employers must prepare and implement and employment equity plan, which will help to reach employment equity in their workplace.

Based on Legislation in Section 20, of the Employment Equity Act

What Must Employers Include In The Plan?

Employment equity plans must show –

  • objectives for every year;
  • affirmative action measures that will be implemented;
  • where black people, women and people with disabilities are not represented –
    • numerical goals to reach this;
    • timetables; and
    • strategies;
  • timetables for annual objectives;
  • the duration of the plan (not shorter than a year or longer than 5 years);
  • procedures that will be used to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the plan;
  • ways to solve disputes about the plan; and
  • people responsible for implementing the plan.

Based on legislation in Section 20, of the Employment Equity Act

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