Play a significant role in reducing unemployment, poverty and inequality
through pursuing the objectives of full and productive employment and decent
work for all, including: employment creation and enterprise development;
standards and rights at work including equality of opportunities; social
protection; and social dialogue.
The Department of Labour derives its legislative mandate from the
Constitution, and this is given effect through a number of acts that regulate
labour matters in South Africa. The most important of these are the Labour
Relations Act (1995), the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (1997), the
Employment Equity Act (1998), the Occupational Health and Safety Act (1993)
and the Employment Services Act (2014).
The policy mandate of the department is to regulate the labour market through
policies and programmes developed in consultation with social partners, which
are aimed at:
improving economic efficiency and productivity
facilitating employment creation
promoting and enforcing sound labour relations
eliminating inequality and discrimination in the workplace
alleviating poverty in employment
enhancing occupational health and safety awareness and compliance in the workplace.
The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: