This has been an absolutely fantastic week for transformation in South Africa. Major landmark decisions have been taken by government. The alignment of the PPPFA (Preferential Procurement Policy Framework act) with the B-BBEE Act, steps taken by the DTI to finally end fronting and even the ICT charter has been gazetted for comment. The better news is... more business opportunities, more customers and more growth. If ever there was a time to use your BEE status to get business, it's now.
|Is your BEE Pressure Off – Not likely!
A good BEE Scorecard results in good customer service. This is the reason most companies produce a BEE scorecard in the first place. They need to be able to justify that they have earned points by buying from compliant suppliers.
Each company should ask you for your BEE scorecard. While they are asking you tend to feel a little more pressure –
Notice to suppliers
We have embarked on a BEE Journey. As a valued supplier we need your Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment status. Please send this by April 2011.
If you are unable to provide a valid BEE status then please provide proof that you have begun the process.
Now you are thinking, excellent, April has now passed, we haven’t been asked again and for now you think you have a “get out of jail free card”. In reality you have just let the customer down. Even though they have stopped asking for your status does not mean they don’t want it any more.
To understand this we need to look at BEE from their side.
To all staff
We have embarked on a BEE Journey. We need a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment status by the end of April 2011. Only data that applied to our business prior to end of April is valid. Any data outside of this period will not be valid.
It is absolutely imperative that we prepare as much data as possible to ensure our customers are satisfied.
A company wanting to implement B-BBEE needs data to be concurrent with their rating period. It is not unlikely that they have a cut off period for receiving data. On the other hand it also happens so often that they speak to a supplier, ask for a certificate which they agree to and on that understanding decide not to pursue the supplier.
The net result is your customer will begin asking for your scorecard again, when they start preparing for a BEE Verification the next year. The next year though they will be better prepared. If you have not prepared your own BEE Scorecard you will find yourself in exactly the same situation – not having a BEE Scorecard and having done little or no work on preparing a BEE Scorecard.
When it is discovered that you have not produced a scorecard again, perhaps next time your orders are placed with a competitor who does have a BEE Status. Is the pressure off – NO!
|Do you have enough time to go through Verification?
Verifying your BEE Scorecard is possibly the most tiresome and stressful task you will need to go through. Your verification agency will need to meet various criteria – most are not as simple as meets the eye as some large companies discovered. Firstly you must ensure they are accredited for the scorecard you require. Collate information that they specifically need and gather the evidence so that the agency is able to verify your company. During this, the agency will ask for more data which you will need quickly to avoid a non-compliant status. Once the agency leaves, hold thumbs that they give you the level you need!
EconoBEE will be holding three “Prepare for Verification” Conferences during July 2011 in Durban (14 July), Cape Town (21 July) and Johannesburg (28 July), providing business managers / owners with vital information that will ensure that one is able to maximise one’s BEE points, avoid unnecessary delays during the verification process and ultimately take control of the verification process to ensure a correct result every time.
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The Witness - Kavith Harrilall
THE revised Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, which was recently gazetted, represents a major advance for private sector companies that wish to do business with the government.
So says Keith Levenstein, CEO of broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) specialist EconoBEE, who told The Witness yesterday that the new framework takes objective criteria into consideration when evaluating the empowerment aspect of the tender-awarding process.
He described the Act as the most significant change made to the B-BBEE environment this year.
|State moves to close the door on fronting
Andile Ntingi - City Press
Government is planning to amend BEE legislation to clamp down on fronting, which gives companies that misrepresent their empowerment credentials a competitive edge over their rivals when bidding for lucrative state tenders.
Lionel October, the director-general of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), told City Press that consultations were currently taking place among government departments to devise solutions that would eliminate loopholes in the BEE Act.
The act was introduced in 2003 to transfer a larger share of South Africa’s economic wealth from whites into the hands of black people.
However, fronting has been blamed for slowing the pace of deracialising the economy and hampering efforts to create a larger pool of wealthy black entrepreneurs.
October said: “We are going to make changes to the BEE Act and the BEE codes of good practice to prohibit fronting. We are going to define categories of offences in the act that amount to fronting.
“After we have made fronting explicit in the act, we will set up a special investigations unit to deal with fronting because it is fraud.”
He said government was also mulling establishing a BEE ombudsman to investigate complaints and make rulings.
“The ombudsman will investigate complaints around BEE where people have been unfairly treated.
|SABMiller shows how BEE model should work
Mpho Sibanyoni - The City Press
The latest figures for SABMiller not only show growth but also reflect a broad-based empowerment model worthy of following, the group managing director and analysts agree.
The soft drinks and liquor producer announced this week that the black liquor traders who had each invested at least R100 in the SABMiller BEE transaction, Zenzele, would receive R39.3 million in dividends.
SABMiller employees, who received the shares for free, received R38.9 million in dividends while R17.2 million went to The SAB Foundation.
SAB managing director Norman Adami said each black liquor trader who had invested R100 would get R600.
“The Zenzele scheme is meaningful to our BBBEE shareholders because we structured it to benefit many people instead of the usual suspects or politically connected individuals,” said Adami.
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15 June 2011
In this issue
- Is your BEE Pressure Off – Not likely!
- Do you have enough time to go through Verification?
- Blow to BBE fronting
- State moves to close the door on fronting
- SABMiller shows how BEE model should work
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