The Department of Labour's Director of Public Employment Services, Martin Ratshivhanda, says the long-awaited promulgation of the Employment Services (ES) Act is expected to be enacted in July 2015.
Addressing a roadshow hosted by the department in Pretoria on Friday, 5 June 2015, Ratshivhanda said the promulgation of the Act will be followed by the development of regulations that will control the operations of private employment agencies and labour brokers in the labour market.
The department and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) embarked on a joint national educational road show in February to educate stakeholders on the implications of the new labour law amendments now in force.
The ES Act seeks to provide a legal status for employment services after the transfer of the skills development functions to the Department of Higher Education and Training.
The Act establishes a new dedicated Public Employment Services to provide employment services interventions free of charge to workseekers and employers.
Public Employment Services' roles and functions will include, promotion of employment of youth and persons with disabilities, recommendations for the employment of foreign workers and employment counseling and information on employment and training opportunities.
"Through the Employment Services Act, we seek to reduce the unemployed reliance on social security grants.
"We want to re-route beneficiaries of social grants into full employment," Ratshivhanda said.