Public urged to make submissions to the draft Employment Equity Regulations 2023 expeditiously.
07 June 2023

The public now has five days to comment on the Draft Employment Equity (EE) Regulations 2023 on the proposed setting of sector EE targets by Employment and Labour Minister.

On 12 May Employment and Labour Minister, T.W Nxesi published a notice in which he invited the public to make submissions on the setting of the proposed sector EE targets in terms of the amended EE Act. The Draft EE Regulations 2023 for public comment was giving the public 30 days to comment.

In terms of Section 15A of the amended Employment Equity Act, 2023 the Minister may, after consulting the relevant sectors and with the advice of the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE), for the purpose of ensuring the equitable representation of suitably qualified people from designated groups at all occupational levels in the workforce, set numerical targets for any sector or part of a sector.

The Regulations provides for the setting of proposed five-year sector targets (in accordance with approved EE plan) for the various economic sectors in terms of population groups and gender for the four upper occupational levels (Top Management, Senior Management, Professionally Qualified and Skilled levels) and for employees with disabilities. 

The amended Employment Equity Act was assented by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 14 April 2023.

The Act was amended to provide for the Minister to identify sectoral numerical targets in order to ensure the equitable representation of suitably qualified people from designated groups at all occupational levels in the workforce; to provide criteria for the Minister to issue certificates of compliance, and to provide for matters connected therewith.

The closing date for submission of comment is 12 June 2023.

The list of economic sectors to be subjected to new EE Regulations are grouped as follows: agriculture, forestry and fishing; manufacturing; mining and quarrying; construction; financial and insurance activities; transportation and storage; information and communication; water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities; electricity, gas steam and air conditioning supply; human health and social work activities; arts, entertainment and recreation; real estate activities; professional, scientific and technical activities; wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; accommodation and food service activities; public administration and defence; compulsory social security; education; administrative and support activities.

Comments can be sent to:

Or hand deliver at: Laboria House

215 Francis Baard Street

Employment Equity Directorate


For more information contact:

Teboho Thejane

Departmental Spokesperson

082 697 0694


Issued by: Department of Employment and Labour​