Dept concerned labour transformation isn’t taking place fast enough

Department inspectors will conduct visits to SA companies to ensure Employment Equity criteria is being met.

The Labour Department launched its 16th Commission for Employment Equity report in Pretoria yesterday. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Labour Department says its inspectors will conduct visits to companies across the country in the next six months, to assess whether all employers are meeting Employment Equity criteria.

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

Her department launched its 16th Commission for Employment Equity report in Pretoria yesterday.

Minister Oliphant has warned employers who do not meet the equity criteria that they have the next six months to rectify this.

Oliphant 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 department will be taking companies who do not meet this criteria to court.

"Our inspectors are busy pushing enforcement and will take those who are not cooperating to court."

He says the department is concerned that change is not taking place more than 20 years after democracy.

According to the report released yesterday, white people fill 69 percent of top management positions in companies across the country.