Presidential advisory council to ward off anti-BBBEE rhetoric

And amplify the framework as a facilitator of economic growth and social change.
President Cyril Ramaphosa seen here with Minister Ebrahim Patel of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition at the launch of the Tshwane Automotive Hub in 2019. Image: Elmond Jiyane/GCIS

President Cyril Ramaphosa expects his newly-appointed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Advisory Council to lead advocacy campaigns and counter negative narratives around transformation in the country.

Speaking at the inaugural meeting of the advisory council on Tuesday, Ramaphosa said the initiative is a game-changer and that the Presidency is looking to expand BBBEE as a critical enabler of economic growth and social transformation.

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In 2023, South Africa will mark 20 years since the adoption of BEE legislation.

Ramaphosa appointed 14 members to serve on his new BBBEE council last month. They will serve for a period of five years (effective 1 June).

The president says the council will advise government and guide the course of BBBEE as the country recovers and rebuilds from “years of slow economic growth” and the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is our expectation that this council will assist us as government to enhance the implementation of BBBEE and associated policy such as the codes of good practice, the sector charters, and recent instruments like the Dtic’s [Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s) Black Industrialists Programme and worker ownership requirements,” Ramaphosa added.

He says the council will be responsible for:

  • Reviewing BBBEE-related progress
  • Advising on draft codes of good practice set to be published by the minister for public comment
  • Reviewing sector charters and
  • Advising on draft transformation charters

Ramaphosa indicated that Dtic Minister Ebrahim Patel will guide the council in putting its programme of work together.

“With regards to BBBEE and employment equity, there has been substantial progress with regards to the representation of blacks and women in the workplace, including in senior management, in both the public and private sectors,” added the president.

“At the same time, we know we are not as far as we hope to be, and that is why the work of this council will be critical.”

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Ramaphosa says that the council assumes it duties at a challenging time, but believes it is up to the task.

“Between you, you have a range of experience, from working in state-owned enterprises, to private companies, to SMMEs, to public procurement, to serving as regulators on BBBEE, competition and trade policy,” he told delegates attending the BBBEE Council meeting.

“I have no doubt that [these] expertise will be brought to bear as you undertake your work, in collaboration with the department of trade, industry and competition and other departments.”

Nondumiso Lehutso is a Moneyweb intern.

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There has never been BBBEE, just massive misery for the majority and a few super wealthy Black’s.

The ANC may not like it, but race based policies a just a vector for looting and mismanagement.

The ONLY way SA is going to get closer to growth is through unseating the ANC and un-doing BEE.

If exposure to equal opportunities does not lead to empowerment, nothing will. A process of social engineering that disempowers some to empower others will cause widespread disempowerment. Such a process will demotivate people who are able to empower themselves because the government will confiscate the fruits of that empowerment to redistribute them among others who failed to empower themselves.

The results of this attempt at social engineering won’t be any different from the rest of the government’s engineering projects. The dilapidated road and railway infrastructure, bankrupt SOEs and municipalities, imploding water and sanitation projects, and the Eskom disaster tells us what BEE will deliver when the process has run its course.

People are different. The difference in their material position is simply the physical manifestation of this difference in mindset, cognitive ability, attitude, and belief systems. Sustainable and viable empowerment of society depends upon the successful engineering of the mindset, belief system, and attitude of that society. Shortcuts will prove failures.

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