Wednesday, 28 August 2019 06:12

Minister of Labour Thulas Nxesi has promised that his department will be "hard" on employers who do not meet their employment equity targets.

The employment equity report,was handed over to Labour and Employment Minister, and He lamented the fact that the country still has a long way to go when it comes to transforming the workplace.

The white population still dominates top and senior management positions, despite only making up 9% of Economically Active Persons (EAP).

The report stated that 65.5% of top management positions are occupied by white people, while 54.4% occupy senior management positions.

The report also covers entities within the private sector, the public sector and non-profit organisations. Over 27 400 employment equity reports were submitted to the commission.

The Employment and Labour Department said the Employment Equity Amendment Bill - which would legislate penalties against employers for not complying with affirmative action (AA) will be tabled before Cabinet in September.

If implemented, the act will put into motion measures to address the high non-compliance rate with the law, giving powers to the labour minister to regulate sector targets.