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South Africa’s multi-trillion rand Finance Sector in the spotlight as it engages with CEE on employment equity (EE) implementation

 

The spotlight will be on the multi-trillion rand Finance Sector when the Department of Labour in partnership with the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) engages with business leaders from the sector.

 

After the launch of the 16th CEE Annual Report, Labour Minister, Mildred Oliphant promised that the Commission for Employment Equity will embark on engagements with business leaders of the various sectors following a lack of transformation of workplaces in which Africans are still confined to the lower rungs compared to Whites who are dominating the top ladder.

 

The aim of the sectoral engagements is to consult business leaders or their representatives (managers, human resource officers, EE officers among others) on employment equity issues. The CEE is interested in establishing challenges that employers face in employment equity implementation and strategies so as to overcome them.  

 

The Commission for Employment Equity is a statutory body established in terms of section 28 of the Employment Equity Act. Its role is to advise Labour  Minister on any matter concerning the Act, including policy and matters pertaining to the implementation of the EE Act.

 

After 18 years of the Employment Equity Act, the top and senior management positions in the workplaces across various sectors and professional categories are still largely occupied by White people.

 

The Finance Sector engagement with the Department of Labour and CEE will be held this Thursday (21 July 2016) at Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Gauteng.

 

The first in a series of dialogues started on 23 June 2016 with the Retail & Motor sector. The second engagement was held last week with Manufacturing Sector. The engagements are held from 09:00am-13:00. More engagements will be held later this month until September 2016 with sectors such as: Catering & Accommodation, Mining & Quarrying, Wholesale, Construction, Transport, Educational Institutions and Local Government.

 

All engagements will include Sector Education & Training Authority (SETA) and trade unions operating in that sector. Nine of the 10 engagements will be held in Gauteng with the exception of one that will be held with the Wholesale Sector in September in Cape Town. Venues of the other engagements will be confirmed in due course. 

 

Media is invited to the engagement sessions.

 

Issued by: Mokgadi Pela

Acting Departmental Spokesperson

 

 

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