SA Labour minister wants racism tackled in the workplace

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana has called for racism to be overcome at the workplace, insisting this was essential to resolving the prejudice at a broader scale.
At his Cape Town parliamentary briefing Wednesday, Mdladlana noted that the Employment Equity Act was itself a key weapon in his ministry's arsenal against racism.
"Figures produced by the Commission on Employment Equity earlier this year reflect progress of only one percent in relation to new entrants in top management positions by black people," he said.
"This is not acceptable and needs to be addressed.
We will continue to work with, and assist companies that seek to comply with this law and are experiencing challenges, but I must warn those that do not comply that the net will soon close on them," he stated.
A major aspect of the Employment Equity Act is the submission of employment equity reports by employers who employ more than 150 workers.
The deadline for the reports is 1 October.
The Minister called on all designated employers to adhere to the deadline.
Mdladlana also discussed some of the achievements of his department, including successful implementation of the National Skills Development Strategy and the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) turn-around strategy.
He told journalists that proposed amendments to both the Skills Development Act and the Unemployment Insurance Act would accelerate successful delivery.

11 september 2003 08:50:00

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