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Employment Equity

The University is committed to the goals of the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, which was enacted inter alia to achieve equity by promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment through the elimination of unfair discrimination.

Implementing affirmative action measures to redress disadvantages in employment as a result of past discrimination through apartheid. The University believes that the achievement of employment equity and diversity both nationally and at an institutional level will contribute to the achievement of its mission, vision and strategic objectives.

The University of the Witwatersrand is committed to implementing measures to ensure that we:

  • Pro-actively and systematically address the legacy of apartheid wherever this is reflected within the University
  • Eliminate all forms of unfair discrimination and harassment;
  • create an enabling and empowering institutional culture that generates a sense of ownership and commitment for all employees
  • Ensure equal opportunity and fair treatment in all aspects of employment including recruitment, promotion, training and advancement
  • Improve the participation rate of members of designated groups in all jobs and at all levels where they are under-represented and thereby capitalise on the range of potential available to us
  • Encourage the development of a diverse workplace

The purpose of the University's Employment Equity Policy is to create a framework for the implementation of employment equity within an environment that values diversity and is committed to excellence.

The Employment Equity and B-BBEE component of the Transformation and Employment Equity Office is responsible for the following:

  • Developing the University’s Employment Equity plan and its implementation strategies
  • Providing support to all divisions/ Faculties/ Departments/ Schools within the University, as well as to employees, on all matters relating to employment equity and unfair discrimination
  • Developing and ensuring compliance with social justice policies such as the Disability Equity policy
  • Providing advocacy and awareness on race, gender and disability, as a means of promoting diversity within the University.


University EE Reports covering the last five (5) years:


Year EE Report DOL Acknowledgements
2023 EEA2 2023 DOL 2023
2022 EEA2 2022 DOL 2022
2021 EEA2 2021  DOL 2021 
2020 EEA2 2020  DOL 2020 
2019 EEA2 2019   


Framing Legislation:

EE Act

EE Act Amendment


Contact the Transformation & Employment Equity Office for any inquiries.