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How to Notify the Director General for employers who cannot report

How to Notify the Director General for employers who cannot report

This document explains to employers how and when they have to notify the Department of Labour that they will not be able to submit Employment Equity reports on time.


The Employment Equity Act applies to all employers, workers and job applicants, but not members of the –

  • National Defence Force;
  • National Intelligence Agency; and
  • South African Secret Service.

The provisions for affirmative action apply to –

  • employers with 50 or more workers, or whose annual income is more than the amount specified in Schedule 4 of the Act;
  • municipalities;
  • organs of State;
  • employers ordered to comply by a bargaining council agreement;
  • any employers who volunteer to comply.


  • Employment Equity Act
    Applies to all employers and workers and protects workers and job seekers from unfair discrimination, and also provides a framework for implementing affirmative action.

What to include in the notification

  • Employers must notify the Director General in writing
  • The notification must be on official company letterhead
  • Cleary indicate the employer’s contact details
  • State the reason why the employer is not able to report by the reporting due date
  • The document must be signed by the company CEO

How to submit a notification to the Director General

Notifications can be submitted by:

By Hand:

Employment Equity Registry
Laboria House
215 Schoeman Street


Employment Equity Registry
The Department of Labour
Private Bag X117
Pretoria 0001


012 3094737 / 3094188

Notifications cannot be submitted to Labour centers or Provincial Offices.

When to notify the Director General

Notifications must be received no later than the last working day of August in the same year employment equity reports are due.

What will the Director General do?

  • The Director General will examine the reasons that were given by the employer
  • The Director General will decide whether to accept or reject the notification, which may lead to the non-acceptance of the notification. 
  • The Director General’s decision is final.

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Originally appeared on on 12-09-2008. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of estome. estome accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or fairness of the article, nor does the information contained herein constitute advice, legal or otherwise.

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