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National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC)

National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC)

Date of entry: July 2, 1999

Member of AICESIS

Member of ILO


Institutional characteristics

Date of creation
November 23 1994
Year operational
Nature of the texts that create the ESC (Constitution, law, decree, etc.)
Act No. 35 of 1994.
Nedlac’s work is governed by the following Protocols: Protocol for Tabling Issues at Nedlac, and Section 77 Protocol

Consultation and advisory

Nedlac’s mandate is set down in the Nedlac Act and Nedlac Constitution

Tripartite plus G, W, E and others

Number of members : 72 members

- Organised business (members appointed by the Minister of Labour on nominations made by organised business)
- Organised Labour (members appointed by the Minister of Labour on nominations made by organised labour)
- Organised Community and development interests (members appointed by the Minister of Labour without Portfolio in the Office of the President): South African Youth Council, National Women’s Coalition, South African National Civics Organisation,
Disabled People South Africa, Financial Sector Coalition, National Co-operatives Association of South Africa
- State (members appointed by the President)

There is a 30-member secretariat which services all the structures.

Duration of the term: no limited
Management organes

General Assembly and Plenary

Executive Council
Nedlac’s highest decision-making structure is the Executive Council. The Exco is supported by a Management Committee which is made up of the Overall Convenors and Chamber Convenors of each constituency. The Executive Council meets four times a year. The Management Committee meets approximately six times a year to address operational matters.


Executive Director
Nedlac is headed by an Executive Director who manages a secretariat of 30 staff members.
Reporting Institution

Ministry of labour

Souce of funding
The Nedlac Executive Council prepares an annual budget for the financing of the Council for submission to the Minister of Labour each year for his/her approval and the concurrence if the Minister of Finance.

Main technical areas of competencies

Fundamental principles and rights at work

Decent work country programme

Employment policy and labour market regulation

All labour legislation including: Labour Relations Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Employment Equity Act


National education evaluation and development unit bill

Health and Medical Policy

HIV/AIDS and the world of work

National disability policy

Environment Policy

Water quality

National phase-out plan for ozone depleting substance (HCF141B) in South Africa

Financial and Economic Policies

Special economic zone bill

Fiscal and Taxation Policies

Review tax policy report

National Credit Regulator report

Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy and Industrial Policy

Successful implementation of the industrial policy action plan 2

Infrastructure Networks, Transport, and Energy Policies

Merchant shipping Act;

Energy regulator amendment bill – renamed Electricity Regulation Act;

Electrify regulation second amendment bill – renamed National Electricity Regulator

Appliance energy efficiency


Cooperatives bill

National consumer credit bill

Customs control bill

Customs duty bill

Broad-based BEE amendment bill

Legal Affairs

Superior courts bill

Customs fraud and illegal imports

Civil Society

Consumer protection bill


Draft tourism bill

Territorial Management

Spatial planning and land use management bill

Expropriation Bill

Regional affairs

Regional investment study

Sub-committees/working groups

Employment policy and labour market regulation and reform

Labour Market Chamber

Environment Policy / Sustainable development

Development Chamber

Financial and Economic Policies

Public Finance and Monetary Policy Chamber

Infrastructure Networks, Transport, and Energy Policies

Trade and Industry Chamber

Others (please specify the list)

In terms of Section 77 of the Labour Relations Act Nedlac also addresses socio-economic disputes.