Labour on prosecution of companies as part of National Director-General Review for EE compliance

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Department of Labour sends six companies for prosecution as part of National Director-General Review for EE compliance

The Department of Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch has announced it is taking six companies to court for prosecution for failure to prepare employment equity plans as per the provisions of s20 (1) of the (EEA) and reporting to the Director-General on plans that do not exist which amounts to misrepresentation.

The six companies referred for prosecution are Gooderson; Clientele Legal; Clientele Life; Mazor Aluminium; Mazor Steel; and Spanjaard Limited. The companies are to be referred for breach of Section 20 of EE legislation.

Department of Labour Chief Director Statutory & Advocacy Services, Advocate Fikiswa Mncanca said the companies will be taken to the Labour Court for prosecution. Mncanca said in addition, the companies will be taken to Magistrates Court for misrepresentation. She said the six companies have already been sent letters of intention to prosecute.

Mncanca said last week (14-18 August) 12 companies were scheduled for visits, and out of the 12, only six were visited and thy were also found not to be complying with the provisions of the EE Act. She said the other six (JSE Limited; Safic Pty Ltd; Phumelela Gaming; Cullinan Holdings; Reubex Pty Ltd and EOH were issued with recommendations and given 60 days to comply to contraventions.

The six have among them contravened Sections 16, 19, 20 and 24 of the EE Act.

The referrals are part of a National Director-General (DG) Review announced by the Department of Labour last week to inspect 72 JSE Securities-listed companies to ensure compliance with employment equity.

The initiative is part of achieving the department’s outcome to promote equity in the labour market. The National Director-General Review team started with the inspections last month (in July) and these will continue until December 2017. The National DG Review involves a process of interrogating company’s EE plans to assess whether the plan complies with legislation and is able to transform when put to test.

Mncanca said: We have been talking about transformation and nothing seems to be happening. Transformation should not just end in paper. Also, transformation should not happen just because the Department of Labour is conducting national DG Reviews.

The department ‘has arrived’ to enforce compliance with EE legislation.

Companies that do not have a plan face a fine of R1,5-million. Those failing to prepare EE plans will also be subjected to a penalty of R1,5-million. Repeat offenders face harsher penalties.

Source: Government of South Africa

Minister Tokozile Xasa on women’s contribution to tourism

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Minister Xasa celebrates women’s contribution to tourism

As we celebrate Women’s month under the national theme – The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward, it is critical for us to be mindful of the vital role played by women executives in advancing our economy, especially through tourism, said Minister Tokozile Xasa.

Speaking during her visit to tourism establishments ownednand managed by women in Cape Town, Minister Xasa emphasised the need for increased participation and representation of women executives in the sector. Tourism is a key driver of our economy, with an immense potential to fast track radical and economic transformation.

With a workforce comprised largely by women operating at the lower levels of the value chain, it is incumbent on our sector to lead the process of gender diversity and transformation that will result in more women occupying executive positions, said Minister Xasa.

The Minister’s visit began with a tour of the Park Inn Hotel by Radisson in Newlands. More than fifty (50) percent of the hotel’s staff are women, ten (10) of which occupy managerial positions. The hotel is also one of a few that employs hearing impaired staff in the industry. It is encouraging to see establishments such as Park Inn Hotel by Radisson rally behind empowering women, and the hearing impaired. Tourism is for everyone, and this hotel is a great example of the inclusiveness that we

hope to achieve in the sector, said Xasa.

The Minister’s visit concluded in Khayelitsha with lunch at 4Roomed eKasi Culture owned by Abigail Mbalo-Mokoena, and a tour of Nomalungelo Sotyingwa � owner of Lungi’s BnB – a homestay facility that offers a unique experience of family life and culture in a South African Township. I met dynamic women who started their businesses with limited resources, but leveraged on their innate abilities to bring a unique and fresh perspective on conducting business in the industry.

We need more women executives in our sector. A diverse pool of leaders can only give rise to alternative ways of thinking, and unravel opportunities for growth and enhanced competitiveness for our industry, added Xasa. The Department of Tourism in partnership with Travel Massive will host the ‘Women in Tourism’ Networking Breakfast event on 24 August 2017. Women in Tourism (WiT) programme is an initiative that brings women together to find solutions to the challenges that hinder their entrepreneurial progress in the sector.

Source: Government of South Africa