Employment Equity Amendment Bill and Employment Equity Amendment Bill Regulations

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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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Dean
No I do not
Make it easier to hire and fire. You don't need targets to get people to work!
Shannon
Not fully
the system in place has to change and give EVERYONE equal standing in getting a job. Black people have been disadvantaged due to white governance and coloured people are STILL in the same boat as we have been in the past! nothing has changed for the colored people, i have never gotten a permanent job and never in my 30 years of life, gotten a job that pays more that 5000rands, im so poor i cant even afford to buy shoes and all my clothes are hand-me-downs from family and friends, i literally do not own a single piece of clothes, besides my underwear and my socks ! HELP THE COLOURED COMMUNITY
David
No I do not
Government should see to it that Black South African small business entrepreneurs are supported financially and otherwise. There are many serious Black entrepreneurs who need support. Most of them don't even need money, all they need is proper markets for their produce, which the private sector is unwilling to provide. Government has numerous so called financial institutions which are draining government of the merger resources without benefiting the small business people. There is DTI, IDC, SITA, MEGA, GEP and a host of other not so useful places where Blacks are said to go to for help and end up losing their ideas to some of these officials. Instead of supporting all these not so useful organisations, government should force these traditional banks to tender for the purpose of financing and supporting Black entrepreneurs. Government in turn should use the winning bank for all its transactions and act as a guarantor for the entrepreneurs. Close all other institutions and leave DTI.
David
keshika
Yes I do
how can someone not get a JOB if the have a poor CREDIT HISTORY.. People lives changes daily by the situations ... no one should not receive a job because of not paying accounts.. as some time with life changing you can not afford to pay the debt you have ..as when you made the debit life was still comfortable ... how come does government officials get employments after the extort money out of the country ?
Marinus
No I do not
Bbbee and EE targets have failed the nation. Shame on you goverment for only enriching the elite. Targeting and blaming minority groups for your mismanagement is not the way to go. Scrap target apointments!
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