The South African government recently developed the draft National Labour Migration Policy (NLMP) and the Employment Services Amendment Bill (ESAB). The draft National Labour Migration Policy (NLMP) was introduced to facilitate and regulate the flow of labour to and from South Africa. It's aimed at addressing the country's "brain drain" by keeping skilled workers in the country. Similarly, the Employment Services Amendment Bill (ESAB) was created to amend the Employment Services Act (2014) to regulate the employment of non-South African nationals.

The South African government states that, overall, the draft policy and Bill are aimed at retaining skilled labour, growing the economy, creating opportunities for South Africans and combatting unemployment.

While we welcome the introduction of laws to protect workers' rights, the NLMP and ESAB fall short in this regard. Our poster explains the shortcomings of the ESAB and NLMP and how they can be improved. 

 

Draft NLMP ESAB factsheet 7 June

 

  • Download the explainer poster here
  • Download SERI and LHR's submission on the NLMP and ESAB here