Picture: 123RF/VASILII SHESTAKOV
Picture: 123RF/VASILII SHESTAKOV

Parliament’s portfolio committee on employment and labour has called for public comment on the Employment Equity Amendment Bill.

The bill promises a shake-up of the country’s existing employment equity laws and will give the minister of employment and labour the power to speed up transformation in specific business sectors. It does this by empowering the minister to set sector-specific employment equity targets across most of SA’s major industries. But many businesses say this will have the opposite effect and retard growth and employment.

Michael Avery speaks to Thembinkosi Mkalipi, chief director of labour relations at the department of employment and labour; Jonny Goldberg, CEO at Global Business Solutions; and Gerhard Papenfus, CEO of the National Employers Association of SA.

Michael Avery talks to a panel about the Employment Equity Amendment Bill

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