Coloured workers face the axe - report

2011-02-20 16:23

Johannesburg - Nearly a million of all economically active coloured South Africans in the Western Cape will have to earn a living in another province if proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act are implemented, the trade union Solidarity claimed on Sunday.

Solidarity's deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann said the amendments could amount to "a massive and unfeasible social engineering programme".

"In terms of the amendment, the act would no longer recognise the economically active population (EAP) of a region, but only the national demographics the economically active population," Hermann said.

According to the Western Cape's current demographics approximately 29.1% of the EAP is black, 54.8% coloured, 0.5% Indian and 15.6% white.

"It would require massive shifts in the population to reflect the national demography," Hermann said.

'Absurd'

"It would mean that the current coloured and white EAP would have to decrease by 80% and 22% respectively, while the black and Indian EAP would have to increase by 154% and 538% to reflect the national EAP demographic profile.

"In Limpopo, an increase of at least 10 000 in economically active coloured persons would be needed, while more than 268 600 economically active black persons would have to move from that province.

Hermann said the "absurd figures" show that in its current form the amendment bill is "unfeasible" and "imposes unrealistic demands".

The findings formed part of a report by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) on the proposed amendments to labour legislation.

The report indicated what population moves would be required between provinces in order to reflect the national EAP demographic profile in each province.

Hermann said the amendments to the act implied that only the national EAP demographic profile would be used as benchmark for demographic representation to the exclusion of other benchmarks previously in use.

Written out


Current benchmarks include whether a person from the designated groups is available for appointment or promotion, and also take into account current and expected future economical and financial factors for the specific sector.

"What it means in essence is that irrespective of factors such as local demography and skilled employee shortages, an employer will have to comply with the national EAP profile and will not be able to make any appointment that falls outside this," Hermann said.

"The proposals also invalidate the concept of 'black' as defined in the Employment Equity Act. In reality, coloured and Indian South Africans are thus, as it were, written out of the designated group."

Solidarity's legal team had begun to draw up documentation to institute court action should the amendments be passed.

"The principle of representation as it is currently reflected in the proposed amendment bill is not in accordance with the constitution of South Africa and, therefore, it cannot be accepted," Hermann said.



Read more on:    solidarity  |  dirk hermann  |  economy  |  labour
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
317 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Cape Town - 06:22 AM
    Road name: N2 Inbound
    DELAYS between the R300 Highway and the Satellite Station
  • Wednesday Bellville - 06:04 AM
    Road name: N1 Inbound
    DELAYS between the R300 Highway and the Durban Road exit
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy Y

The Samsung Y (Young) is tiny but powerful with Android...

From R1499.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may find yourself fascinated by something which could draw you in to obsessively exploring this subject in depth....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.