Labour inspects JSE-listed companies
The Department of Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch has initiated a National Director General (DG) Review to inspect 72 JSE Securities-listed companies to ensure compliance with employment equity. The initiative is part of promoting equity in the labour market. The National Director-General Review team started with the... Read more
SA needs more women in executive positions
Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Susan Shabangu, is determined to advance the recruitment and retention of women into executive positions. “Until we have as many women as men in executive positions both within the public service and the private sector, our work is nowhere near completed,” said... Read more
Strike looms at government productivity organisation
A historic strike is looming at Productivity SA, the government agency mandated and dedicated to promote employment creation and growth, as well as the productive capacity and productivity of enterprises of the country. As a Public Entity Productivity SA’s ultimate purpose is to contribute to South Africa’s socio-economic development... Read more
Employment declines in first quarter
Employment has decreased by 48 000 jobs to 9.644 million in the formal non-agricultural sector in the first quarter of 2017, compared with the previous quarter of 9.692 million in December 2016. Releasing the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) for the first quarter of 2017 in Pretoria on Tuesday, Statistician-General of... Read more
Global firm sets 50/50 gender target for 2025
Accenture today announced that it will achieve a gender-balanced workforce, with 50 percent women and 50 percent men, by 2025. “Diversity makes our business stronger and more innovative and, most important, it makes the world a better place,” said Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman and CEO. “With this new goal,... Read more
NYDA urges business to take on young graduates
THE NATIONAL Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has urged the private sector to employ young graduates. The call comes as South Africa officially begins a month-long commemoration of Youth Month. The month of June is dedicated to youth upliftment in honour of the youth of 1976, who bravely fought against... Read more
Unemployment rises in first quarter of 2017
SOUTH Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 27.7 % in the first quarter of 2017, said Statistics South Africa on Thursday. “What we see is the highest since September 2003,” Statistician General Pali Lehohla said at the release of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) on Thursday. The QLFS... Read more
UIF, Comp Fund driving economic development
The Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Compensation Fund’s investments are playing a meaningful role as catalysts for economic activity, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said on Wednesday. Leading a debate on her department’s Budget Vote in the National Assembly, the Minister said the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has accumulated a... Read more
Harsher penalties for non-compliant employers
CABINET has welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant that her department is considering adopting harsher measures for non-compliance with labour regulations. The release of the 17th Commission for Employment Equity Report by the Minster this week shows the stubbornly slow pace of transformation in various... Read more
THE 17th Annual Report of the Commission for Employment Equity indicates 68.5% of top management positions at South African companies are still occupied by white South Africans. Speaking before handing over the report to Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant on Tuesday, Commission for Employment Equity chairperson Tabea Kabinde says the statistics... Read more