About the South African Workplace Equality Index

What is the South African Workplace Equality Index?

The South African Workplace Equality Index (SAWEI) is a short survey seeking to benchmark and recognise the employers that are most inclusive towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in South Africa. 

Why have an index?

South Africa has one of the most liberal constitutions in the world protecting the rights of LGBT+ people, yet societal discrimination and exclusion still exist. A change in attitudes and acceptance in the workplace has the potential to create wider positive change.

Similar benchmarks in other countries have been a powerful way of helping companies benchmark themselves against peers and to identify areas of improvement.

Creating inclusive working environments not only impacts the lives of LGBT+ people in the workplace, but it helps foster a more diverse and inclusive environment for all employees. Happier employees make a happier company and a happier society.

Why participate?

We think there are five reasons to take part:

  • You can assess your organisation's achievements and progress on LGBT+ equality
  • You can identify best practice that can help in developing your Employment Equity plan and promote diversity in all its forms in your organisation
  • You can compare your company to other organisations and peers
  • You can opt to be completely anonymous or, equally, you can display your rating on your company website to demonstrate your inclusive credentials
  • It is free to participate

Remember that sponsors of the Forum receive more detailed advice on how to improve their rating. To find out how to be a sponsor see our sponsorship pages.

To participate, please register your company by contacting our project co-ordinators.

Register to participate

If you made it this far, then it looks like you want your company to participate. This is great.

To participate in the SAWEI, a nominated HR representative or senior leader in your organisation needs to sign up by contacting our project co-ordinators. We will then make contact and provide your company with access to our easy to complete online submission page.

The SAWEI this year consists of only 12 multiple choice questions which will each require supporting documentation to be submitted by your organisation online. It's a very easy process and we can provide the necessary support along the way. We anticipate that collecting evidence will take about three to four hours and completing the survey should take about one hour only.

Key Dates and Guidance Notes

  • 2019 SAWEI dates to be announced


Advisory Panel Members

Keval Harie

Keval Harie is the Director of the Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) archives based at the University of the Witwatersrand. In his role as director, Keval is committed to growing GALA into a centre for research and advocacy for the equality, freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people. Keval is a qualified attorney and completed his articles at Edward Nathan Sonneburgs (ENS Africa)

Tracy-Lynn Humby

Tracy-Lynn Humby is Professor of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand specialising in the environmental and social impacts of mining and climate justice, and currently chairs the board of the Centre for Environmental Rights. Tracy is also a Mining, Sustainability and Diversity Consultant for Young Earth Attorneys, a specialist legal practice focused on creating an inclusive, environmentally sustainable and diverse economy.

Xhanti Payi

Xhanti Payi is economist and founding director of Nascence Advisory and Research, a business providing bespoke research solutions and business advisory and strategy services. Payi has worked as analyst at Investec Wealth & Investment, economist at Stanlib Asset Managers and Country Risk Manager at Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking. As a columnist for the Business Day and Business Times, and has contributed articles to international publications like the Financial Times. Xhanti is also currently the chairperson for the Other Foundation.

Juan Nel

Juan is a registered clinical- and research psychologist and a Research Professor at the University of South Africa (Unisa). His expertise is in sexuality and gender - in particular, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) mental health and well-being, as well as in hate crimes and victim empowerment and support is recognised. He is a founding member and served for 16 years on the Board of OUT LGBT Well-Being (OUT), a national health service provider for LGBTI people; a founding member of the Joint Working Group; and a founding member of the Sexuality and Gender Division of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) where he leads a project promoting the well-being and human rights of LGBTI persons in Africa.

Mamokgethi Molopyane

Mamokgethi is a mining and labour analyst. She’s also the founder of Creative Voodoo Consulting. She has done work in the biofuel, forestry, mining, energy and space industries.