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National Labour Migration Policy on the Cards

October 28, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

Current policy and legislation on labour migration and employment of foreign nationals is under review.

The employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, confirmed this during a media briefing on the blockade of roads by trucks in the Eastern Cape.

The minister clarified that the review seeks to strike a balance between the South African population’s expectations on accessibility to work, labour market needs, the protection of migrant workers and their families and regional integration and cooperation imperatives.

The minister pointed out that the only provision in the employment laws regulating employment of foreign nationals is that which prohibits any employer to employ any foreign national without the necessary work visas.

According to the minister, the department is wrapping up work on a Draft National Labour Migration Policy designed to “introduce quotas on the number of foreign nationals with correct work visas that can be employed in the various sectors of our economy”.

The minister revealed that the Draft Policy and the Draft Employment Services Amendment Bill that aims to give effect to the policy are currently in their last stages of approval at cabinet level prior to release for public consultation and Nedlac processes.