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Employment Equity Act, 1998 (Act No. 55 of 1998)


Notice No. 1323

19 October 1998


(English text signed by the President.)

(Assented to 12 October 1998.)


It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act, which is hereby published for general information:-


To provide for employment equity; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.






that as a result of apartheid and other discriminatory laws and practices, there are disparities in employment, occupation and income within the national labour market; and

that those disparities create such pronounced disadvantages for certain categories of people that they cannot be redressed simply by repealing discriminatory laws,


Therefore, in order to-

promote the constitutional right of equality and the exercise of true democracy;

eliminate unfair discrimination in employment;

ensure the implementation of employment equity to redress the effects of discrimination;

achieve a diverse workforce broadly representative of our people; promote economic development and efficiency in the workforce; and

give effect to the obligations of the Republic as a member of the International Labour Organisation,


BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:-