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Affirmative Actions


The Affirmative Action (Employment) Act, 1998 (Act 29 of 1998) was passed by the Namibian Parliament with a view to redress imbalances at the workplace, arising from the discriminatory socio-economic dispensation which had previously existed in this country. The legislation is intended to foster fair employment practices with regard to matters such as recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, and equitable remuneration for previously disadvantaged people - more particularly, previously racially disadvantaged people, women and persons with disabilities, referred to as designated groups in the Act. The Act is very specific about requirements, which must be met by employers to whom its provisions apply.  Chief amongst the requirements is the drafting of a three year Affirmative Action plan in close consultation with employees, which is submitted in the form of an Affirmative Action report to the Employment Equity Commission at prescribed intervals.


The Employment Equity Commission has an oversight function of the implementation of affirmative action in the workplace in accordance with the Affirmative Action (Employment) Act, No. 29 of 1998. The overall objective of the Act is to achieve equity through the elimination of employment barriers against persons in designated groups. The ultimate objective of the affirmative action law is to ensure that no person shall be denied an employment opportunity for reasons unrelated to ability so as to achieve a diverse workforce that reflects the demographics of Namibia.