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Minister gives employers ultimatum on Employment Equity criteria

Mildred Oliphant's given employers 6 months to rectify the Employment Equity situation.

Mildred Oliphant. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has given South African employers who do not meet the Employment Equity criteria six months to rectify the situation.

The Labour Department has launched its 16th commission for Employment Equity report in Pretoria.

Oliphant says she is concerned that South Africa's labour market transformation is not taking place fast enough.

She says in the upper levels of management, white people still hold a tight grip, and continue to receive preference over other race groups.

The department's Thembinkosi Mkalipi says the report has shown that white people currently fill 69 percent of top management positions, which is more than six times, their economically active population of 10 percent.

"White males and females occupy higher percentage in terms of the top management."

The purpose of the Employment Equity Act is to remove unfair discrimination and to promote equity in the workplace.