1. Mission Statement
2. Programme of Action
3. Strategic Plan
4. Legislation
5. Main Divisions
6. Budget


The Department of Labour Will play a significant role in reducing unemployment, poverty and inequality through a set of policies and programmes developed in consultation with social partners, which are aimed at:

· Improved economic efficiency and productivity
· Skills development and employment creation
· Sound labour relations
· Eliminating inequality and discrimination in the workplace
· Alleviating poverty in employment


1. Contribute to employment creation
2. Enhance Skills Development
3. Promote equity in the labour market
4. Protect vulnerable workers
5. Strengthen multi-lateral and bi-lateral relations
6. Strengthen social protection
7. Promote sound labour relations
8. Strengthen the capacity of labour market institutions
9. Evaluate the impact of labour market policies and programmes
10. Strengthen the Department of Labourís institutional capacity

3. STRATEGIC PLAN 2004-2009

1. Contribute to employment creation

1.1 DoL actively strives to ensure that its labour market policies and strategies complement growth and development objectives.
1.2 New labour market regulations in relation to new job creation strategies, such as co-operatives, developed, implemented, monitored and evaluated
1.3 Social Dialogue is strengthened to support growth and development
1.4 Ongoing monitoring of the achievements targets of government departmentsí GDS commitments
1.5 DoL meets its own GDS commitments
1.6 Sectoral Skills Plans aligned to sectoral growth
1.7 Provincial Skills Plans aligned to Provincial Economic growth and development Strategies
1.8 EPWP participants trained (DoL enters MOU DPW on responsibilities re : EPWP)
1.9 Learnership targets achieved as per the GDS targets
1.10 Exit strategies for people on EPWP and learnerships implemented

2. Enhanced skills development

2.1 HRD Strategy revised & implemented.
2.2 NSDS 2001-2005 targets achieved and reported on at the Skills Conference 2005
2.3 New NSDS strategy 2005-9 launched at the Skills Conference 2004 and implemented
(a) New SLAís with SETAs
(b) Design and Management of NSF by new funding windows.
2.4 NQF review finalised and implemented. legislation passed, implemented, monitored and evaluated)

3. Promote equity in the Labour market

3.1 Conduct study of the impact of the EE act since its inception and its policy implications
3.2 Strengthen enforcement mechanisms
(a) Improved procedural compliance at 70% of the inspected EE designated employers
(b) Substantive equity compliance monitored and evaluated
3.3 Employment Equity Strategy and NSDS 2005-2009 aligned
3.4 Technical Assistance Guidelines and Codes of Good Practice implemented
3.5 Incremental BBE targets for procurements of goods and services incorporated into Public Entities associated with DoL
3.6 Employment Equity and BBE legislation aligned

4. Protect vulnerable workers

4.1 Workers in vulnerable sectors and segments identified and protection extended. Sectoral determinations published for residual and emerging vulnerable workers (Children in Performing Arts, Forestry, Taxi, Sheltered Employment)
4.2 Current Sectoral determinations evaluated
4.3. Compliance with DoL legislation increased
4.4 Establishment of bargaining councils in vulnerable sectors e.g. Security, Civil Engineering, Contract cleaning
4.5 Child Labour Action programme finalised and implemented
4.6 Sheltered employment factories restructured.

5. Strengthen multi-lateral and bi-lateral relations with countries in which we have interests.

5.1 Ensure effective participation in the ILO, SADC and AU Labour and Social Affairs Commission
5.2 Effective discharging of South Africaís obligations to the ILO
5.3 Ensure that objectives of signed bilateral agreements are implemented
5.4 Mobilisation, co-ordination and managing Technical Co-operation

6. Strengthen social protection

6.1 Ensure improved client satisfaction on UI and CF services
6.2 Achieve financial viability and sustainability of UIF and CF
6.3 Revenue collection improved (By at least 10% during the first year)
6.4 UI and CF strengthened to better serve their clients
6.5 The coverage of UIF to other vulnerable workers achieved
6.6. Integration of CF and OHS competencies
6.7 Reduction of OHS incidents in targeted industries
6.8 Reduction in workplace fatalities especially in high risk sectors
6.9 National OHS authority is established

7. Promote sound labour relations

7.1 Ensure continuing decline of person days due to industrial action
7.2 Ensure an effective and efficient dispute resolution system
7.3 The proportion of workers covered by collective agreements increased
7.4 Improved representation of small business interests in collective agreements
7.5 Inclusion of broader economic and employment growth issues into collective bargaining agreements
7.6 Active engagement and participation by DoL in tripartite statutory bodies
7.7 Social dialogue enhanced and extended
7.8 Ensure effective dispute resolution

8. Strengthen the capacity of labour market institutions

8.1 Improve service delivery provided by statutory bodies and public entities associated with DoL (Clear performance standards for agencies)
8.2 Clients assess the services received from statutory bodies and public entities
8.3 Capacity of social partners to deliver on GDS commitments enhanced by DoL support.

9. Monitor the impact of legislation on broad government policy...

9.1 Bi-annual Labour Market review and labour statistics reports produced and labour market trends analysed and linked to DoL interventions
9.2 The impact of aggregate and disaggregate DoL policies and programmes on stated goals and objectives will be researched and reported
9.3 Annual client satisfaction surveys conducted on levels of service delivery and made public
9.4 Actively promote the harmonisation of labour market policies and other government policies.

10. Strengthen DoLís institutional capacity

10.1 Improve service delivery to the external clients of DoL
10.2 Improve service delivery provided by agencies associated with the Minister of Labour
10.3 Improve service delivery to the internal clients of the DoL
10.4 Improved management practices within DoL
10.5 Full Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) compliance achieved by DoL
10.6 Internal compliance to the labour laws achieved
10.7 Internal and external communication strengthened


The following legislation assists the Department in
achieving its strategic objectives:

-Basic Conditions of Employment Act
-Labour Relations Act
-Employment Equity Act
-Skills Development Act
-Skills Development Levies Act
-Occupational Health and Safety Act
-Unemployment Insurance Act
-Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act
-Nedlac Act
-SAQA Act (with DoE)