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Minister Shabangu urges employers to end discrimination

Shabangu has emphasised the importance of gender parity and called for more support of women-owned businesses.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women Susan Shabangu . Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Minister in the Presidency Responsible for Women Susan Shabangu has urged employers to end discrimination within the workplace.

The minister is among Members of Parliament (MPs) who’ve been speaking during a debate on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address.

Shabangu has emphasised the importance of gender parity and called for more support of women-owned businesses.

She says government has made some strides to achieve gender equality, but adds more can be done to accelerate the implementation of policies to achieve this.

“The Employment Equity Act - as amended - seeks to achieve equity in the workplace by promoting equal opportunities and fair treatment. By further eliminating unfair discriminations in employment and by implementing affirmative action measures to redress the disadvantages experienced by designated groups which includes women.”

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)