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Implementation of employment equity: A case of the Universities of Venda and of Pretoria

Since the advent of the Employment Equity Act (EEA) in 1999, with the aim,
to eliminate unfair discrimination and promote affirmative action in the
workplace, implementation has been less than satisfactory. The Act (EEA), a
public policy, demands of employers, both public and private, to meet partcular
equity targets within their workplaces. The Act further requires that employers
should report on progress achieved in meeting these targets. Such targets include,
inter alia, the employment of designated persons, disabled persons, etc. Institutions
of Higher Learning are no exception.
The article aims at determining the extent of compliance with the Employment
Equity Act (EEA) (1998) by two institutions of higher learning, namely the
universities of Venda and of Pretoria. In essence, the main aim of the article are
two-fold: firstly exploratory, to determine the extent to which the two universities
comply with the employment equity legislation, and secondly how these
universities have adopted and implemented measures to transform their internal
environments, specifically the academic environments, as well as removing
barriers to equity.
The various positive steps and measures adopted and implemented by the two universities to eliminate unfair discrimination in the workplace and advance
previously disadvantaged groups were investigated, and problems identified
in the implementation process are identified. Particular attention was given to
employment equity in South Africa and the role of the two universities in the implementation of employment equity.
Date01 June 2010
CreatorsSebola, MS, Khalo, T
PublisherJournal of Public Administration
Source SetsSouth African National ETD Portal
Detected LanguageEnglish
RightsJournal of Public Administration
RelationSouth African Journal of Public Management

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