The bill will allow Employment and Labor Minister Thulas Nxesi to set employment equity targets for different industries. The minister can set goals for different professional levels, sub-sectors or regions.
It also aims to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses and add rules for doing business with the government.
The Ministry of Employment and Labor has already indicated that it plans to introduce the new sectoral equity rules in 2022.
“The expected introduction of five-year sector goals will mark the start of a clean slate,” the department’s director of employment equity, Ntsoaki Mamashela, said in September.
“All current employment equity plans will be scrapped on September 22, 2022, and new plans will need to be aligned with five-year goals. Self-regulation has not worked, ”she said.
Mamashela said other sector commitments that started in 2019 on sector goals will continue. She said talks have already taken place with several sectors, including mining, financial and commercial services, wholesale and retail trade and construction.
Sector commitments are expected to be concluded by February 2022 with proposed targets, she said.
The bill amending the Employment Equity Bill will now be considered by the National Council of Provinces, where any amendment will be considered. Depending on whether changes are made, it will be reviewed by the National Assembly and then forwarded to President Cyril Ramaphosa for promulgation.
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