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southafricalogoCity Press reports a family business in Kempton Park that manufactures luxury Belgian chocolate, has been admonished by the labour department because it employs too many black women and was told to employ more black men.  

Beyers Chocolates employs more than 400 people, three-quarters of whom are black women.  In addition to manufacturing chocolate, the company also packages and manufactures chocolate for airlines, hotels and large retail groups under different trademarks.  Many of the women work in the packaging department, where they do delicate work, such as wrapping chocolates and tying ribbons.  After a recent inspection by the labour department, the company was told it employed “too many” black women.  The department said the number should be reduced to reflect provincial demographics in Gauteng, where only 36.2% of residents are black women.  “If we don’t do it, the department is threatening to take us to the labour court,” advised owner Kees Beyers last week.  He added that although the department had not openly told him to get rid of some of his female employees, the implication was clear.  Some of the women have been employed by Beyers since it started and he said that he would “refuse to dismiss any of my loyal employees.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Suzanne Venter at City Press

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