Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi, has given members of public five days to comment on the Draft Employment Equity (EE) Regulations 2023 on the proposed setting of sector EE targets.
The public has 30 days to comment on the Draft EE Regulations 2023.
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 provide 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.
These also includes 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.
Source: South African Government News Agency