Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi said during the launch of the Commission for Employment Equity's (CEE) 19th annual report and public register for all designated employers on the status of workplace transformation in Pretoria yesterday that there had been very little movement on transforming the country’s workplaces.
Nxesi said that the lack of transformation and employment equity would have to be tackled head-on, with steps including the setting and regulation of the sector targets as an alternative to self-regulation.
“It is clear that self-regulation has not worked; we need to increase the risk of non-compliance,” Nxesi said. “When the risk of being caught is very low, many of the employers are not going to comply.”
Nxesi said the department would promulgate Section 53 of the Employment Equity Act to ensure that employers who wanted to do business with the government furnished the state with an employment equity compliance certificate.