n Journal of Public Administration - Implemtation of Employment Equity : a case of the Universities of Venda and of Pretoria

Special issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Since the advent of the (EEA) in 1999, with the aim, to eliminate unfair discrimination and promote affirmative action in the workplace, implementation has been less than satisfactory. The Act (EEA), a public policy, demands of employers, both public and private, to meet partcular equity targets within their workplaces. The Act further requires that employers should report on progress achieved in meeting these targets. Such targets include, , the employment of designated persons, disabled persons, etc. Institutions of Higher Learning are no exception.

The article aims at determining the extent of compliance with the (EEA) (1998) by two institutions of higher learning, namely the universities of Venda and of Pretoria. In essence, the main aim of the article are two-fold : exploratory, to determine the extent to which the two universities comply with the employment equity legislation, and how these universities have adopted and implemented measures to transform their internal environments, specifically the academic environments, as well as removing barriers to equity.
The various positive steps and measures adopted and implemented by the two universities to eliminate unfair discrimination in the workplace and advance previously disadvantaged groups were investigated, and problems identified in the implementation process are identified. Particular attention was given to employment equity in South Africa and the role of the two universities in the implementation of employment equity.

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