Minister denies coloured jobs' report

2011-02-25 19:00

Johannesburg - Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has dismissed reports that 1.3 million coloureds and Indians stand to lose their jobs if proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act become law.

She said in a statement on Friday that the claims by the trade union Solidarity that 80% of coloureds would lose their jobs in the Western Cape, were "unfounded, misleading and "mischievous".

"We do not know the basis upon which they arrived at these figures," Oliphant said.

"If that is their view, employment equity as it stands says when implemented, regional and national demographics must be taken into account, has not caused job losses among whites.

"In fact, whites have been over-represented for over 12 years."

Oliphant said the only reason the proposal was placed "on the table" was because employers wanted clarity "on how to implement both regional and national demographics simultaneously".

Still only a proposal

"It is important that we once again clarify the current status of the law which states that employers must take into consideration 'demographic profile of the national and regional economically active population' while the proposed amendment takes away regional and national to provide the flexibility," she said.

"The consequence of the new proposed amendments is that employers will have flexibility to decide whether to use regional or national demographics."

Oliphant said unions should remember that "this is only a proposal and if there are "unintended consequences", these should be raised at National Economic Development and Labour Council

She said the statistics the department based its decision on came from Statistics South Africa.

Solidarity's deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann claims that the proposed amendments to the law could amount to "a massive and unfeasible social engineering programme" with nearly a million economically active coloured South Africans in the Western Cape having to earn a living in another province if the proposed amendments are signed into law.

  • Alyson - 2011-02-25 19:35

    This is such bullshit, puts me off ever opening my own company. I want to choose whom I employ.

  • Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-02-25 19:35

    It is not so much about people losing their job, it is about the ones still looking for a job that should be worried the most. But nobody is talking about that. What if the children of the currently employed coloureds want to be employed and this is in effect? Their chances would diminish greatly and THAT will mean they need to move out of their beloved Western Cape to be employable. No matter what spin they put on this it sucks big time and is racist.

  • BigMoose - 2011-02-25 19:56

    Deny it. First line of a liar.

  • Nam - 2011-02-25 20:10

    Why so late with your announcement Minister Oliphant. But what worries most is the pure fact the that such a proposal is on the table and if accepted, it will have surely have a negative effect on the coloured people in die Western Cape.

  • DW - 2011-02-25 20:12

    Deny, deny, deny. This story has been out for over a week and only now they deny it? Had to go back to check what they said maybe? Because this is exactly what they meant.

  • Thabiso - 2011-02-25 20:14

    we are all South Africans, I can not comprehend why there has to be racial differences, pshycologically if coloreds are situated because of their color then they are paranoid and western cape is not the only province in the country, the country is not about racial color and differences, if they are to lose their jobs because of their racial differences then I really feel bad about it.

      Hieromtebly - 2011-02-25 21:17

      wow Thabiso , i wouldn't feel nice if i get a job just because i'm black , white , green pink . i would like to get a job because i got the right skills for it, well said

  • euro-african - 2011-02-25 20:19

    It doesnt matter how you spin this, we are onto your propaganda ANC. Your previous DG of labour, dimwit Manyi, opened his mouth prematurely and ranted on television a year ago about getting the coloreds out of WC. This has been in the process since then and its obvious from his statements that to get coloreds out and black people in is the only intention of this racist bill. The ANC will stop at nothing to get control of the WC. They cant have an opposition party running a province better then them and showing them up.

  • lldoidge - 2011-02-25 20:33

    What it means is that blacks want to be in the majority in every province in South Africa. Too bad for the whites, coloureds and Indians. What peeves me is how quiet Manual, Gordhan, kortbroek and all the other not black anc cadres are on the whole subject. Too scared to loose their cushy jobs with all the perks? Spineless sheep.

  • ellard - 2011-02-25 20:33

    Would you trust any body with a name such as OLIPHANT !!!! particulary one that belongs to the ANC

  • willvp - 2011-02-25 20:34

    will they create their own CoonWitz?? next step is deportation from the Cape to Limpopo

  • Dave - 2011-02-25 20:39

    Oh man, another one with hoof in the mouth disease

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  • Thabiso - 2011-02-25 21:05

    it is not coded in our constitution that western cape is a coloreds only province.

      Eric - 2011-02-25 21:26

      What has that got to do with anything? You can't force people to'll be the same as bringing back Apartheid !

      motsokwane - 2011-02-25 21:39

      Thanks to the ANC for teaching the people some sense "You can't force the people to move". Vote for DA and they will show you the ghost,your basic need "sanitation" will be s*xed.That was just their preview,what about the rest of the play? Hah! not my ink.

  • cambane.rodrique - 2011-02-25 21:44

    What puzzles me is that how currently working coloureds n indians are to loose their jobs!

  • Thabiso - 2011-02-25 21:47

    I am not the government nor a political party, but I would add that, no one will force anyone to move from anywhere in the country just because of their racial color, I am a South African not a dictator but if I was a South African president I would make sure that the country is properly governed and I would use maximum force if I am forced to do so.

  • cambane.rodrique - 2011-02-25 21:47

    What puzzles me is that how currently working coloureds n indians are to loose their jobs!

  • Thabiso - 2011-02-25 22:11

    I also do not comprehend what exactly is the main problem here. are they losing their jobs because they are coloreds and indians? or are they going to lose their jobs on terms that the government wants to regulate.

  • Jodie - 2011-02-25 23:51

    I certainly hope that South Africans will not take this lying down. After so many years of so called freedom, the government wants to continue labelling people and single out who should get a job based on colour? I think its absurd and I think the days of BEE has come and gone. We are all South Africans and this race classification is sickening. Did all those freedom fighters who fought for freedom die for nothing? The ANC is shocking, for a party who fought opression, they seem to have quickly forgotten that all of us are equal irrespective of skin colour. They have to go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kleindeef - 2011-02-26 09:05

    Funny. Any criticism against the "alcoholic nobody chronies" are labelled as being "mischievous".

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