Government to use "harsh measures" to enforce workplace transformation

Government to use "harsh measures" to enforce workplace transformation

- Minister Thulas Nxesi says government will be ramping up its efforts to enforce workplace transformation

- This will involve stricter equity targets

- Employers who fail to meet these targets will be penalised

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Government will enforce "harsh measures" to speed up economic transformation.

This will involve expediting amendments to the Employment Equity (EE) Act.

This comes as Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi expressed dismay that workplaces have not yet transformed as much as government had hoped.

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Nxesi made the statements during the launch of the latest report on transformation by the Commission for Employment Equity, Briefly.co.za has gathered.

According to Business Tech, the report found that black people make up 76% of top management positions in government, while in the private sector 69.6% of these positions are held by whites South Africans. The chairperson of the commission said that this represented steady but slow transformation.

"It is clear that self-regulation has not worked," Nxesi said in response to these findings, IOL has reported. "When the risk of being caught is very low, many of the employers are not going to comply."

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He suggested that stricter measures were necessary, such as increasing the amount of regulation in the workplace in terms of equity targets. 

The minister added that those who fail to comply with these regulations must "face the music and be punished".

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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