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Government wants employers to use ESSA system to recruit

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South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour, Boitumelo Moloi, is encouraging employers to use the ESSA (Employment Services of South Africa) system to recruit workers and maintain stability in the labour market.

ESSA is an online recruitment service of the Department of Employment and Labour that is available to all South African citizens.

Deputy Minister Moloi describes the ESSA system as ‘credible and user-friendly’ in allowing employers to recruit. ESSA is viewed as part of government’s effort to promote compliance with the Employment Equity (EE) Act.

"Employers could further be assisted, as the department also offers counselling to job seekers. We need employers to be friends with us,” says the Deputy Minister.

Those who are unemployed and in the job market have to register as a job seeker on the Public Employment Services (PES) branch system.

The online portal is created for prospective job applicants to register and create their profiles (CV/resume), view vacancies, and review their CV.

Moloi emphasised that EE legislation is in place not to punish but to ensure compliance.

"EE self-regulation has not delivered results. That is why we are coming up with EE Act amendments. If we continue with the status quo, it will take us a century to transform workplaces. The fact is that workplace transformation is moving at a slow pace and we need to do something," she says. (Source: SAnews.gov.za)

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