Employment Equity Amendment Bill and Employment Equity Amendment Bill Regulations


The Department of Labour has published the Employment Equity Amendment Bill and the proposed amendments to the Regulations to the Employment Equity Act, and is asking for your comment.

The Bill aims to tighten race targets in the workplace, speed up transformation and empower the labour minister to establish numerical race targets for particular sectors.

You are invited to object or support the Bill by providing comment below. Should you be unsure, please read the live comments, media, summary or documents below.   Closing date is midnight 21 November 2018.

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  • The Amendment Bill introduces Section 53 of the Employment Equity Act (EEA), which was never promulgated since the inception of the Act in 1998.

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) recently found that South Africa’s affirmative action and employment equity policies were unconstitutional.

The SAHRC specifically took issue with the Employment Equity Act’s definition of designated groups and South Africa’s system of data disaggregation.

Government’s failure to measure the impact of various affirmative action measures on the basis of need is also a failure of international legal conventions, it said.

In a statement released in August, the SAHRC said:

  • The definition of designated groups as contained in the Employment Equity Act, and the current system of disaggregation of data could give rise to new imbalances in the labour market.
  • Affirmative action measures must be targeted at groups and individuals who are subject to unfair discrimination, to eventually achieve substantive equality and a society based on non-racialism and non-sexism.
  • Decisions based on insufficiently disaggregated data fail to target persons who have been disadvantaged by unfair discrimination.
  • Without first taking the characteristics of groups into account, varying degrees of disadvantage and the possible intersectionality of multiple forms of discrimination faced by members of vaguely categorised groups cannot be identified.
  • The Act must be amended to target more nuanced groups on the basis of need and should take into account social and economic indicators.
  • Once the objective of affirmative action, namely substantive equality, is achieved, temporary special measures should cease.

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Do you support the Employment Equity Amendment Bill and proposed amendments? (see summary)
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No I do not
Beee is not working for South Africa. Everything is falling apart and work is done with bad quality. I can tell you now after investigations are finished at Driehoek. They will find that the Beee company that installed that bridge at school was not qualified to to the work and they are responsibil for filling those kids. That was a new structure not and old one. And we all know the government only allows Beee to do work, not qualified people.
Regan Lance
No I do not

If laws like this show anything, they show that this government has no idea what nation building is.
No I do not
South Africa is supposed to be a democratic-run country? The Employment Equity Bill is contrary to what democracy is all about because this Bill only applies to certain South Africans here in South Africa and not to ALL South Africans currently in South Africa and therefore this Bill is inclined to marginalise some South Africans, as it only favours certain South Africans. In other words, this Bill is prohibitive and therefore causes discrimination with South Africans!

We have been experiencing a well below par economy here in South Africa for some time now, surely the state needs to open-up all of the avenues for all South Africans, no matter their culture, nationality and creeds, to be able to and to be in a position to use each and every opportunity that comes their way to contribute towards the upliftment and the boosting of our economy, without there being any kind of prejudices whatsoever standing in their way that will prohibit/limit/restrict their much needed successes and achievements out there in the business sector? It seems that the Employment Equity Bill is contrary to what is really needed and required in the business sector for all South Africans to be able to contribute towards the upliftment and the boosting of our poor economy!

No I do not
BEE has not worked any where else in the world ............... People need to work for what they have .
Do they want to chase more white South Africans out the country ?????
No I do not
Plain and simple people. BEE does not work. Junk status across the land and in our government. Common sense tells you that black people can not run a successful country any were.
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