Department of Labour will be hosting its annual workshops/roadshows to promote the implementation and compliance with the Employment Equity Act
The Department of Labour hosts workshops/roadshows in all provinces annually to share key information and at the same time, provide a platform to stakeholders to engage on matters relating to employment equity from 11 July to 08 September 2017.
Held under the theme: Real transformation makes business sense – the roadshows in addition to creating awareness on compliance with the Employment Equity Act, will share the most current information and help prepare employers to submit fully and accurately EE reports online to the Department for the 2017 reporting period. This year’s workshops focus on the following:
publicise the Amended Code of Good Practice on the Preparation and Implementation of the EE plans,
encourage employers to submit EE reports online,
publicise the 17th CEE Annual Report and the 2016 EE Public Register, and
present current CCMA cases on Employment Equity Act.
During the recent launch of the 17th CEE Annual Report, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced that government was considering amending Sections of the EE Act in order to promulgate Section 53 and to strengthen the compliance provisions of the Act.
The 17th Commission For Employment Equity Report showed that the representation of the White group at Top Management Level was 68.9 percent which is more than six times their Economic Active Population (EAP). The situation was also the case with the Indian group at 8,6 percent as they have a representation of three times more than their EAP. The opposite is true for the African group at 14,3 and Coloured group at 4,7 percent – as they are under-represented in relation to their EAP.
This skewed demographic picture is also the same at Senior Management, at Skilled Technical, and Professional level.
Oliphant called on workers to be vigilant, by ensuring that they truly scrutinize the equity plans and reports, before being submitted to the department.
Due to the high demand for the workshops, the department will host a few additional workshops in some of the key metropolitan areas this year. This year’s workshops will be held as follows:
Northern Cape, Kimberley (11 July);
North West, Rustenburg (13 July);
Mpumalanga, Witbank (17 July); Limpopo, Thohoyandou (18 July) and Polokwane (19 July);
Free State, Bloemfontein (24 July);
KwaZulu-Natal, Richards Bay (01 August) and Durban (02 August);
Eastern Cape, East London (15 August) and Port Elizabeth (16 August);
Western Cape, George (22 August) and Cape Town (24 August); and
Gauteng, Pretoria (05 September), Ekurhuleni (06 September), Vaal (07 September) and Ekurhuleni (08 September).
For the third year in the running, the Department of Labour will also share the stage with the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) in order to share information on dispute resolution and case law.
The target audience for the workshops during the roadshows includes: human resources executives and practitioners; EE Forum members; assigned senior EE managers/transformation managers; academics and trade unions among others.
The EE national workshops will be held from 08:30-14:00 at venues to be confirmed for each province.
Please note that the season for reporting, i.e. for manual and online reporting, opens on 1 September 2017.
Source: Government of South Africa