EMPLOYMENT EQUITY REPORTING

South African Engineers and Founders Association

Designated Employers are required to submit employment equity reports annually to the Department of Labour, illustrating their company’s employment profile, employee demographics and income differentials. The reporting period begins 1 October of each year, and companies have until 15 January to complete their submission.

If you are unsure if you are a designated employer, ask yourself these 2 questions:

  1. Do you employ more than 50 employees?
  2. Is your annual turnover more than the industry threshold as depicted in the table?

Industry Sector

Total Annual Threshold

Agriculture

R6,000,000

Mining and Quarrying

R22,500,000

Manufacturing

R30,000,000

Electricity, Gas and Water

R30,000,000

Construction

R15,000,000

Retail and Motor Trade and Repair Services

R45,000,000

Wholesale Trade and Commercial Agents and Allied Services

R75,000,000

Catering, Accommodation and Other Trade

R15,000,000

Transport, Storage and Communications

R30,000,000

Finance and Business Services

R30,000,000

Community, Social and Personal Services

R15,000,000

If you answered yes to either one of the above questions, then you are a designated employer and you are required to submit reports and ensure compliance within your company.

The Compliance aspects aside from the Reporting (submission of the EEA2 and EEA4) are also important elements not to be forgotten. These include; Awareness, Consultation, Analysis, Planning, Implementation, and Measurement.

Non-Compliance:

Should your company be found to be non-compliant through a labour inspection:

  • You’ll personally face fines of up to R30 000 per contravention; and
  • Your company will face fines from a minimum of R1.5 million or 2% of annual turnover to a maximum of R2.7 million or 10% of your turnover – per incidence of non-compliance, per provision!

As you can see, the penalties are high, and possibly not worth it in the long run.

For assistance with EE reporting, DOL audits and submissions, contact Helen Tonetti from Human Toolbox (Pty) Ltd on 082 338 7148 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for more information, contact Gordon on 083 412 1437 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..