Pretoria – Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is expected to publish the employment services regulations for public comment as soon as they have been ratified, a meeting was told in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

This was part of the labour law amendments road shows being held countrywide by the Department and the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Director of Public Employment Services in the department, Martin Ratshivhanda, told about 400 people from labour, business and community constituencies, that

the employment services vision was to contribute to decent employment and inclusive growth by assisting employers and work seekers to adjust to changing labour market conditions.

The road shows are a culmination of the bills that were introduced by the Minister on December 17, 2010 for public comment and eventual amendment.

These were the Labour Relations Amendment Bill, Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill, Employment Equity Amendment Bill and the Employment Services Bill.

The bills have since been signed into law by the President.

Ratshivhanda said all provisions of the employment services Act, except for section 13, will come into force from April 1, 2015.

He said the overall objective of the employment services regulations was to provide for:

  • public employment services that will play an active role in employment promotion in order to tackle the high levels of unemployment;
  • the creation of schemes to promote the employment of young work seekers and other vulnerable persons;
  • schemes to assist employees in distressed companies to retain employment.
  • facilitating the employment of foreign nationals in a manner that is consistent with the objects of this Act and the immigration Act; and
  • the creation of the employment services board.

The road shows, which started in Cape Town on Monday, will proceed to the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg on Friday.

Earlier this week Nerine Kahn, CCMA executive director, told one of the road shows that the labour law changes were the result of agreements by Nedlac stakeholders from business, labour, government and the community. -