Hon Speaker and hon members, this department's mandate is to regulate South Africa's labour market for a sustainable economy. Regulating the labour market must be achieved through amongst others, the development of appropriate legislation and regulations, inspections, compliance monitoring and enforcement, social and income protection and social dialogue.
In its efforts to ensure the above, the department must also fully utilise its abilities from its internal audit and not merely await corrections or the identification of challenges by the Auditor-General.
This contributes to a slower response by the department to resolve its issues which contradicts the idea to centralise its responsibilities.
The department has also been recorded to underspend about R196 million, yet the department had not taken the appropriate steps to prevent the fruitless, wasteful and irregular expenditure. The underspending in this department indicates obvious service delivery shortfalls.
In fact this department has listed in its reports that the Productivity SA and Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, CCMA, suffer from inadequate resources for the former and a need for additional funding for later.
Hon Speaker, the department must work with home affairs, to resolve the employment issues that saw violent attacks
against some foreign nationals in the tracking, agriculture and the hospitality sector.
The departments must perform more oversight to employers and verify the legality in terms of the documentation regarding their employees in these sectors.
The Deputy Director General Immigration Services of home affairs, Mr Jackie Mackay stated that there is little control and regulation for immigration as to where they allocated and there is no policy to integrate people when they move from rural to urban settlements.
The Department of Employment and Labour together with the Department of Home Affairs must design policies where immigrants are located in South Africa, for the first few years according to the skills requirements of the regions in South Africa.
We see other nations doing this across the world, whereby they approve skilled immigrants into their countries and conditionally locate them in regions and sectors for which they have been granted entry for. With these
concerns hon Speaker, the IFP supports the BRR Report. Thank you. [Applause.]