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Employment equity roadshows are underway in Eastern Cape

by lloyd last modified 2013-08-20 13:42

20 August 2013

Designated employers with 50 or more employees in the workplace are required by the Act to submit their Employment Equity Reports by the 1st working day of October every year to the Department of Labour.

In preparation for the submission deadline the Department is undertaking Employment Equity Roadshows  in the Eastern Cape at East London’s Osner Hotel today (20 August 2013) proceeding to Port Elizabeth’s Summerstrand Hotel tomorrow (21 August 2013) respectively.

On the agenda of the two day roadshow is the 2012 Employment Equity status report of the sectors, live demonstration of the Employment Equity online reporting and also feedback on Employment Equity amendments.

The purpose of the Act is to achieve equity in the workplace by

promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment through the elimination of unfair discrimination; and implementing affirmative action measures to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups, to ensure their equitable representation in all occupational categories and levels in the workforce.

The Employment Equity has been in force for the last 15 years to transform the Labour market by promoting equity in the workplace. The Department still has challenges regarding the compliance with the Act and these are some of the challenges

¨        There are no EE forums in the workplace

¨        No assigned senior managers to be responsible for EEA

¨        Employers still have no EE plans

¨        Employers fail to submit by the 1st  working day of October each year

¨        Others submit however with incorrect data or for the sake of meeting deadline


The Chief Director Provincial Operations, Mr Bheki Gama  is encouraging employers and he says “as long as we view Employment Equity reporting as an added administrative burden we will not progress. The moment we see it as an important pillar in maximising business efficiency and effectiveness we will be able to transform the workplace and the economy”.


Issued by the Office of the Provincial Head of Department.


For further enquiries, please contact Communications Manager Ms. Vuyokazi Mbanjwa at 082 889 3936


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