Strict measures to ensure compliance with employment equity

Strict measures to ensure compliance with employment equity

Employment and Labour Minister Thulasizwe Nxesi has expressed concern at the slow pace of workplace transformation and promised that the government will now be forced to resort to strict measures to ensure transformation in the workplace. 

He said the amending of the Employment Equity Act will be fast-tracked. 

The minister was speaking during his acceptance of the report and the register from the Commission for Employment Equity Chairperson Tabea Kabinde. The event was held at the Government Communication & Information System recently.

The 19th Commission for Employment Equity report titled “Transformation makes business sense” shows that at top management 65.5% of the positions were occupied by White people, followed by Africans at 15.1%, Indians at 9.7%, Coloureds at 5.3% and foreigners at 3.4%.

Nxesi reiterated that those who do not comply with the laws of the country must face the music. He further said non-compliance has forced the CEE, together with the Department of Employment and Labour to set the equity targets.

He said: “We are not just talking about a single solution, but a range of solutions to deal with problems in the economy and workplace.”
A critical area of Act amendment is the review of Section 53 that will require the issuing of an annual certificate of compliance to organisations doing business with the State and its organs. 

In the report under review, men occupied 76.5% of the positions and women 23. 5%. Africans occupied 76% of the positions in government, while white people occupied 69.6% of the positions in the private sector. Men occupied 77.7% in the private sector, while women accounted for 22.3%.

Men occupied 67% in the public sector and Females 33.0%. People with disabilities make up 1.3% at top management level.

Kabinde said at a broad level, the trends continue to paint a picture of a slow, but steady pace of transformation, especially at the top four occupational levels. She said it was critical for the government and social partners to make transformation a shared objective.

 “We expect that when employers are slow in transforming, worker activism will nudge the employers,” she said.
South Africa’s national economically active population by population and gender group shows that Africans constitute 78%, Coloureds 9.6%; Indians 2.7% and White people 9.0%.

The CEE is a statutory body established in terms of Section 28 of Employment Equity Act, No 55 of 1998. 
The report also showed that transformation in terms of gender representation has also remained steady but slow. 

Kabinde said the professionally qualified representation was interesting in than 40.2% of the positions were occupied by Africans, followed by white people at 37.4%, Indians at  9.4%, Coloureds at 10% and foreigners at  3.0%.

At a glance

• There was a 1.2% (320) increase in the number of reports received from 27 163 in 2017 to 27 485 in 2018;
• A total of 44% of reports received were from Gauteng, followed by 20.8% from Western Cape, 15.1% from KwaZulu-Natal and 5.6% from Mpumalanga;
•  A total of 18% of the reports received were from manufacturing, followed by 13.4% from agriculture, 13.2% wholesale trade, 11.5% finance and business services and 9.8% from construction;
• A total of 27 485 reports were received covering 7 415 876 employees in 2018, with 95% of them received from the private sector.

Issued by the Department of Employment and Labour.

Tourism agency creating opportunities for black graduates

Tourism agency creating opportunities for black graduates

Founder of Azibuyemasisweni Tourism Consulting Agency Maseru Madlala is paving the way by creating opportunities for black people in the industry.

Through a partnership with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, they have introduced the Development Programme for Unemployed Tourism Graduates – a six-month programme that educates and creates opportunities for people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

“We are in partnership with the department. We (are) doing a development programme for unemployed tourism graduates. We managed to place 25 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Cape Town through Azibuyemasisweni Tourism Consulting Agency,” Madlala said.

Madlala says her goal is to encourage and help young people to find employment in the tourism industry while creating businesses of their own. 

“Empowering young people with the skills to start their own businesses promotes the uniqueness of Africa as a destination. They then create jobs for future generations.”

She encouraged young people to never give up. 

“Financial problems can be overcome. The job market is tough, but there are still opportunities to create success. 

“You do not have to rely on somebody else to make your vision a reality, but persevere and do it yourself,” Madlala said. 

Her study of the SA tourism industry enabled her to realise that there was a huge gap in the industry for local communities to showcase their culture and lifestyle.

Madlala graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Travel and Tourism from the University of Manchester in the UK in 2008. 

She worked at the Gauteng Department of Culture and Recreation and saved enough to open her company, Azibuyemasisweni Tourism Consulting Agency, in 2012. 

Since then, Madlala has helped unemployed graduates from KZN, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. 

 “I want to empower black South Africans with the skills to start their own businesses that promote the uniqueness of Africa as a destination,” she said. 

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