The CEE remains committed to seeing the objectives of the EEA materialised, as they share the progress to date, in this 19th report (2018).
At a broad level, the trends presented in this, 19th Commission for Employment Equity Report, continue to paint a picture of a very slow, but steady pace of transformation especially at the top four occupational levels.
Transformation in terms of gender representation has also remained steady but slow. The highest positive growth in representation is noted at the Professional level. Significant employment of Persons with disabilities remains very low.
The Commission has noted a concerning trend in the reporting of Skills Development. The EEA reports submitted, still indicates that the White Population group remains the preferred group in terms of Skills Development.Over the past year, the Commission has also noted a higher number of reporting of violations to the Employment Equity Act (EEA). These have been directed to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), the Courts and the Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) in the Department of Labour, while other were investigated by the CEE itself, in terms of its statutory mandate. It appears as if workers in particular, have embraced the responsibility and their rights bestowed upon them through the EEA, to report discrimination and to seek justice, as was foreseen with the enactment of the EEA. This aim is to break the back of systemic discrimination.