2023-w4092 - 21 December 2023

Teboho Loate to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(1)Whether the Government’s negotiations at the National Economic Development and Labour Council in respect of the social compact has progressed substantially in the past 21 months, since the President, Mr Cyril M Ramaphosa, announced the urgent need in his State of the Nation Address in February 2022; if not, why not; if so, (2) how much progress has the Government registered since February 2022 in (a) visibly building a better and more inclusive society, (b) growing the economy, (c) creating jobs and (d) tackling crime and corruption with the help of partners from organised business, Labour and communities in society at large? NW5373E

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 21 Dec 2023

1. There are some imperatives that must be understood by all when it comes to Social Compact and Social Compacting. Among these, are the following:

  1. Social Compacting is both a process and an institutional framework.
  2. Social Compact traverse on the social dialogue path, it then progresses through collective bargaining processes
  3. Social Compact requires elements of societal partnerships.
  4. Given what is stated above and below, ...
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2023-w3884 - 13 December 2023

Nontando Nolutshungu to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What (a) is the (i) total number of persons who are contributing towards the Unemployment Insurance Fund and (ii) average amount that the specified persons contribute on a monthly basis and (b) total amount does his department collect from the (i) employees and (ii) employers on a monthly basis?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 13 Dec 2023

(i) 10 247 739 persons are contributing to the Unemployment Insurance Fund

(II) Average amount that the specified persons contribute on a monthly basis R 185.12 per month

(i) Total amount the Unemployment Insurance Fund collect from the employee’s average is R 1,003,043,006.29

(ii) The total amount collected from employer’s monthly average is R 1, 003, 043, 006.29

Note: both employer and employee contribute 1% each, which makes ...

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2023-w4187 - 11 December 2023

Michael John Cardo to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether he will furnish Dr M J Cardo with a granular level breakdown of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey data of the third quarter of 2023 released on 14 November 2023, up to a municipal level, including (a) the number of the (i) employed and (ii) unemployed and (b) the labour force participation rate for each municipality, specifically the municipalities of (i) Oudtshoorn (ii) Swellendam and (iii) Nama Khoi; if not, why not in each case; if so, what are the detailed statistics for each specified municipality in each specified category?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 11 Dec 2023

In the country, Statistics South Africa (Statssa) is the primary official statistical agency in line with the Statistical Act. Every quarter, it releases the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) results that provide statistical information on the changes in labour market activities both quarter to quarter and year on year changes. In QLFS 3 of 2023, the labour market activities were based on a sample ...

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2023-w4117 - 11 December 2023

Siphosethu Lindinkosi Ngcobo to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether his department has adopted any step-by-step measures to ensure that (a) formal and (b) informal businesses enforce and implement the National Minimum Wage as adopted; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 11 Dec 2023

The Inspections & Enforcement Services Branch of the Department of Employment & Labour conduct proactive and reactive inspections pertaining to compliance with the National Minimum Wage Act 9 of 2018 across all 9 Provinces. All formal businesses and workplaces across all economic sectors are inspected in this regard by Labour Inspectors. For the Financial Year 2023/24, we have set a country wide national target ...

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2023-w4033 - 11 December 2023

Siphosethu Lindinkosi Ngcobo to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether the total cost of departmental end-of-year functions has been budgeted for in the current financial year; if not, from what budget line item will the funding be sourced; if so, (a) what amount has been budgeted, (b) from what budget line item will it be incurred and (c) what are the further relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 11 Dec 2023

No, the department does not budget for end-of-year functions and there is no expenditure for the current financial year. Where branches/programmes wish to have year-end functions, employees make personal contributions (it’s completely private).

  1. N/A
  2. N/A
  3. None
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2023-w4168 - 11 December 2023

Bhekizizwe Nivard Luthuli to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

What (a) is the estimated number of (i) farm workers and (ii) domestic workers in each province and (b) are the new stringent measures to ensure strict adherence to labour laws?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 11 Dec 2023

(a) IES does not collect statistics regarding the number of workers, including farm and domestic workers.

(b) Apart from the Labour Inspectors conducting regular labour inspections across South Africa, the Department of Employment & Labour has constituted a special Provincial and National Roving Teams to undertake Blitz Inspections in workplaces to ensure that non-compliant employers are identified and dealt with in line with our ...

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2023-w3937 - 11 December 2023

Mergan Chetty to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether (a) he, (b) the Deputy Minister and (c) any other official in his department attended the Rugby World Cup final in France in October 2023; if not; what is the position in this regard; if so, what (i) are the relevant details of each person in his department who attended the Rugby World Cup, (ii) is the total number of such persons and (iii) were the total costs of (aa) travel, (bb) accommodation and (cc) any other related costs that were incurred by his department as a result of the trip(s)?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 11 Dec 2023

Minister did not attend the Rugby World Cup in France in October 2023. 

Deputy Minister did not attend Rugby World Cup in France in October 2023.

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2023-w3990 - 04 December 2023

Siphosethu Lindinkosi Ngcobo to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

(1)Whether, with regard to the struggling domestic employment sector where it is still over 150 000 jobs short of full recovery since COVID-19, his department has plans to address the challenges of private firms operating in failing municipalities; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what steps has he taken to assist these businesses to mitigate the negative impact of the quality of public services in these municipalities in order to sustain employment for domestic labour; (2) whether his department has specific measures in place to encourage job creation for domestic employment through legislative reforms within the sector; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what are the relevant details? NO5245E

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 4 Dec 2023

(a) According to the latest Quarterly Labour Force survey released by Statsa, South Africa's unemployment rate dipped again in the third quarter of 2023, to 31, 9%.

That's a decrease of 0,7 of a percentage point from 32,6% in the second quarter of the year indicating that there is a recovery of employment levels since Covid -19 period.

It has been noted that service ...

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2023-w3997 - 04 December 2023

Traverse Anatole Le Goff to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether, with regard to the administrative burden placed on businesses by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) insofar as it relates to the inefficient collection of UIF submissions through payroll extracts and the uFiling portal, he will undertake to cut red-tape for businesses and construct a joint implementation agreement with the SA Revenue Service (SARS) to eliminate the UIF reporting burden by incorporating it into the SARS EMP201 and EMP501 processes, which already collect the information in a vastly more comprehensive manner; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 4 Dec 2023

This is an excellent and progressive question which will take the Fund far if implemented and agreement between the two entities are secured. At one level it increases compliance and also ensure that UIF has the necessary data at the time of claim processing.

In terms of status, 98% of UIF contribution is already collected by SARS and this is managed through service level ...

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2023-w3979 - 04 December 2023

Mathews Wolmarans to ask the Minister of Employment and Labour

Whether there are any critical skills that he has identified as skills the Republic seeks to benefit from migrants; if not, why not; if so, which (a) skills and (b) sectors of the economy will benefit the most from the labour migration policy?

Reply from the Minister of Employment and Labour on 4 Dec 2023

(a) The Republic of South Africa, like all other countries throughout the world does experience scarce and critical skills in those job types for where employers cannot find suitably qualified or experienced employees. One of the alternatives of deploying these skills in the labour market is to source them from foreign nationals. To ensure the orderly and transparent manner to address this problem and ...

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