Minister Nxesi open to discussing Employment Equity Act concerns

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Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi says his department is willing to engage with members of the public who are concerned about the Employment Equity Amendment Act.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it has lodged papers to challenge the so-called race quotas in the Act.

The law requires companies with more than 50 employees to submit equity plans reflecting the demography of the region they operate in and set out how they intend to achieve them.

President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the bill into law in April.

Nxesi explains the importance of the engagements. “If there are people who are worried, we are open for engagement. At this stage, we are engaged in a number of road shows and we are going to continue with the road shows, calling meetings with the people in those communities where there are serious concerns and explaining what this law is all about. We think that once we have done that, the people will understand where we are coming from.”

DA march 

Meanwhile, the DA took to the streets in Cape Town yesterday to march against the Act.

In a tweet, the party said “We deserve a government that prioritises economic growth and equal opportunities,” also referring to the act as a “catastrophe” of the African National Congress’ failed policies.

DA Leader John Steenhuisen says the so-called ‘race quotas’ will have disastrous effects for the South African economy.

He elaborates in the video below: