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The Department of Employment and Labour has released the much-anticipated 24th Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) Report. This report is a critical resource for designated employers (companies with 50 or more employees) as South Africa prepares to implement the Employment Equity Amendment Act and the accompanying Ministerial Targets.

What You Need to Know:

  • Shifting Demographics: The report highlights significant changes in the national and provincial workforce demographics. This evolving landscape will influence the new Ministerial regulations and ultimately impact employment equity targets for your organization.

  • Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Equity: The report offers valuable data on the most common barriers to achieving equity in the workplace, along with successful affirmative action strategies implemented across 18 different sectors. By analyzing these insights, employers can refine their diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategies and address specific challenges within their organization.

  • The Need for Acceleration: The report sounds an urgent call for accelerated progress towards a truly equitable workforce. The current trajectory suggests it could take as long as 90 years for some racial and gender groups to achieve full representation in the Economically Active Population (EAP). This underscores the need for a more proactive approach to achieving equity.

The CEE Report as a Valuable Tool:

This report empowers designated employers with the information they need to:

  • Evaluate their current standing: Assess your organization's progress towards employment equity goals.

  • Benchmark against industry standards: Compare your D&I efforts to similar companies in your sector.

  • Prepare for upcoming compliance requirements: Understand the potential impact of the new legislation and Ministerial Targets.

Taking Action:

The 24th CEE Report provides a clear message: while progress has been made, there's still significant work to be done. By utilizing the report's insights and data, employers can refine their D&I strategies, address barriers to equity, and contribute to creating a more inclusive and representative workforce in South Africa.

Looking for More?

We encourage all designated employers to download and thoroughly review the full 24th CEE Report. The report provides detailed information and actionable recommendations to help organizations navigate the evolving employment equity landscape.


This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. For specific guidance regarding the Employment Equity Amendment Act and Ministerial Targets, please consult with a qualified legal professional.

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