The Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 was promulgated to give effect to equality in terms of section 9(2) of the South African Constitution. The purpose of the Act is to achieve equity in the workplace by:
promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment through the elimination of unfair discrimination; and
implementing affirmative action measures to redress the disadvantages in employment experienced by designated groups, in order to ensure their equitable representation in all occupational levels in the workplace.
The Bill seeks to amend the Act so as to insert new provisions to:
allow the Minister of Labour to establish sectoral numerical targets for the purpose of ensuring the equitable representation of suitably qualified people from designated groups (blacks, women and persons with a disability) at all occupational levels in the workforce; and
enhance the administration of the Act, including the implementation of section 53 concerning state contracts.
A full memorandum from the ISASA Policy Unit is available for member download: