Severe Sanction against too white businesses in SA to follow – 44 Companies with more whites workforce facing fine of R1.5m by Department of Labour

Severe Sanctions will be initiated against companies that are too white in South Africa and defaulters dealt with.

The Department of Labour has started to fine companies which are “too white” according to the Employment Equity Act (EEA).

Affirmative Action, which falls under the EEA, aims to ensure that qualified designated groups – black people, women, and people with disabilities – are equally represented in the workplace.

This law forces employers to makes sure it has the right proportion of designated people – black, coloured, Indian, female, and disabled people – at all levels of an organisation.

In August 2017, the Department of Labour announced a crackdown on companies to ensure that they comply with the act.

At the time the department said six JSE-listed companies had been found to be non-compliant and were referred for prosecution.

Rapport has now reported that the Department of Labour is prosecuting 44
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Eskom and SA are paying an expensive price for ANC’s Affirmative Action Policy – white experienced and knowledgeable engineers are missing from the state entity and now experts have to come from abroad to save Eskom

Eskom and the government’s unwavering attitude to applying Affirmative Action (RA) is now costing South Africa. Due to RA, experienced and knowledgeable engineers have left Eskom and now the Minister of Public Enterprises, Mr. Pravin Gordhan, are asking them to help save Eskom.

The Freedom Front Plus has long warned that RA is harmful to Eskom, but also to South Africa. The concern has already emerged from a parliamentary question in 2011 by the leader of the Freedom Front Plus, dr. Pieter Groenewald, to the Minister of Public Enterprises, about the number of engineers, artisans and technicians who left Eskom.

According to the minister’s reply, from 2008 to March 2011, 455 engineers, of whom 110 were white, resigned from Eskom, and 13 were retired, 11 of whom were white. In the same period, 342 technicians resigned and 38 retired. (See attached reply from minister).

Eskom’s latest affirmative action plan according to which 1308
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