Home Affairs committed to equity

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pretoria - Home Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has reiterated her department's commitment to meeting government's equity targets in terms of race, age and gender.

This follows a written Parliamentary question from the Freedom Front Plus regarding the department's compliance with employment equity targets for employees on salary levels eight to 12.

"The department is committed to achieving parity in terms of gender as well as to equity targets prescribed by government. We have achieved gender parity at salary level eight with males and females each amounting to 50 percent of the workforce," Dlamini Zuma said.

However, she said that at salary levels 10 and 12 there was still work to be done as females accounted for 39 percent and 46 percent respectively.

Regarding the racial breakdown of those employed at salary levels eight to 12, Africans account for 79 percent, Whites account for 14 percent, Coloureds 5 percent and Indians 2 percent.

"The department is also currently conducting training programmes for front office staff employees in customer service and other essential skills which will go a long way towards improving the skills profile of our employees," the minister said.