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About the Department


The department of labour will strive for a labour market which is conducive to investment, economic growth, employment creation and decent work.


Regulate the South Africa labour market for a sustainable economy through:

  • Appropriate legislation and regulations.
  • Inspection, compliance monitoring and enforcement.
  • Protection of human rights.
  • Provision of Employment Services.
  • Promoting equity.
  • Social and income protection.
  • Social dialogue.


  • We treat employees with care, dignity and respect.
  • We respect and promote.
  • Client centred services.
  • Accountability.
  • Integrity and ethical behaviour.
  • Learning and development.
  • We live the Batho Pele Principles.
  • We live the principles of the Department’s Service Charter.
  • We inculcate these values through our performance management system.


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.
  • Employment creation.
  • Sound labour relations.
  • Eliminating inequality and discrimination in the workplace.
  • Alleviating poverty in employment.

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