Employment Equity Plan

eThekwini Executive Mayor, James Nxumalo

The Executive Committee (EXCO) has implored the eThekwini administration to fast track the implementation of the employment equity plan for the Municipality.

Deputy City Manager: Corporate Human Resources, Dumisile Nene presented a report detailing a four year plan that seeks to achieve equality in the Municipality’s employment practices.

The report shows that males currently dominate the Municipality’s 23 000 strong workforce, with women making up about 32.90% while their male counterparts are about 67.10% of the total workforce. The employment of people living with disabilities stands at 0.58%, which is outside of the national target of 2%.

The plan calls for the deliberate action by all Municipal departments to drastically increase the number of women employees at all levels by 2018. This will increase the number of women employees to 38.78% while reducing males to 61.22. The Municipality also needs to employ at least 310 people living with disabilities (PWD) in order to reach the 2% target.

Mayor James Nxumalo welcomed the plan and urged all Unit Heads to work hard towards achieving the targets. He said however, the employment of PWD can be achieved within the 18 months that are remaining in the current term of office which ends in 2016. “The employment of PWDs must be achieved within our term of office. The target of employing 300 people is reachable. We must also employ more females, because our current status does not reflect the demographics of our country. We should be closer to 50% target by 2018. Even the DCM’s Forum is dominated by males and we need to take the lead in this exercise,” he said.

City Manager Sibusiso Sithole welcomed EXCO’s support for the plan adding that his administration will introduce measures to correct the situation

“We have been robust and realistic in undertaking this exercise. I believe that there is a collective buy-in for this exercise. We can commit ourselves that we will implement this plan vigorously,” said Sithole.


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