B-BBEE Advocacy and Institutional Support
This sub-directorate is responsible for supporting the B-BBEE Advisory Council; marketing and communication of B-BBEE; as well as managing the B-BBEE IT Portal, which is a database for reporting on and monitoring the implementation of B-BBEE in the South African economy.
The B-BBEE Advisory Council is responsible for:
- Conducting research or initiating research on B-BBEE, and reporting on transformation across all sectors of the South African economy;
- Requesting information from organs of state or private bodies on areas of interest with respect to B-BBEE;
- Publishing reports on BEE advocacy and implementation;
- Establishing sub-committees to deal with specific matters pertaining to B-BBEE, as and when required;
- Co-opting experts to serve on or advise sub-committees;
- Investigating and addressing complaints reported on BEE-related matters;
- Giving orders and rulings on BEE-related matters to which the Codes do not refer or adequately address;
- Summoning individual citizens to appear before the Council on BEE-related matters;
- Acting as mediator between sector councils and local and international stakeholders;
- Developing the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice, strategy and legislation; and
- Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of B-BBEE.
B-BBEE Marketing and Communication
B-BBEE Marketing and Communication is responsible for:
- Promoting and advocating B-BBEE to all stakeholders in the local and international markets;
- Educating all three tiers of government, state-owned entities, public entities, government agencies and all supply chain managers in the public sector on the significance and monitoring of BEE;
- Consultation with private sector stakeholders on various issues of transformation;
- Communication of B-BBEE to the South African public via media, written documentation and one-on-one engagements; and
- Drafting and distribution of print and electronic materials that seek to educate and generate a better understanding of transformation by all. Provides a platform where the public can obtain documents on B-BBEE.
The B-BBEE IT Portal provides the following services:
- Centralised, government-endorsed and standardised B-BBEE information resource;
- Publicly accessible B-BBEE documentation, interpretive guidelines, educational scorecard simulators and other useful information;
- Free registration of companies' BEE scorecards and certificates on the IT Portal;
- Facilitation of an Exempted Micro Enterprise (EME) BEE Certificate, by providing a standardised template as proof of BEE status;
- Secure access to a free, customised B-BBEE Toolkit, with an online self-assessment calculator, and submission of verified credentials;
- Answers to 'frequently asked questions' on B-BBEE and the opportunity for companies to pose their own questions relevant to their specific circumstances;
- Easy-to-use functionality for increased B-BBEE compliance (including EMEs with a turnover under R5m per annum);
- Listing of companies' BEE profiles (at a marginal fee to cover third-party costs) on the dti National Registry - for business opportunities and marketing purposes;
- Marketing of companies on the B-BBEE Opportunities Network, which can be freely searched by procurement/transformation managers to source procurement/trading partners;
- Rating of entities and access to Verification Agencies;
- Optimised flow of BEE information from the public and private sectors to the dti;
- Optimised flow of information between entities and their current or potential suppliers, clients or trading partners;
- Sharing and networking of B-BBEE opportunities; and
- Reporting of B-BBEE fronting practices (window-dressing) and much, much more.
Procurement, Transformation and Verification
The Procurement, Transformation and Verification Sub-Directorate is responsible for creating an enabling environment for the implementation of B-BBEE by:
- Undertaking advocacy, communication and marketing activities of B-BBEE, through stakeholder engagement and partnerships;
- Alignment of the Preferential Procurement Policy from organs of state exempted from the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) to B-BBEE;
- Strengthening B-BBEE through amendment of PPPFA to advance the objectives of B-BBEE;
- Harmonising verification practices and ensuring consistent technical competence.
The BEE Unit seeks to facilitate the participation and interaction of stakeholders in different sectors, in order to advance B-BBEE objectives and the re-integration of black people in sector economies. It does this by providing guidance on the development and gazetting of Sector Transformation Charters and Sector Codes, as well as other strategies and plans.
The Partnerships sub-directorate is responsible for:
- Providing guidance on the development and gazetting of Sector Transformation Charters, development of transformation strategies and plans, and aligning these to the B-BBEE Codes and Act;
- Ensuring that there is strategic positioning of B-BBEE at sector level, by providing advisory participation in sector councils;
- Facilitating public education and awareness initiatives about the role of charters and B-BBEE in general; and
- Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of Sector Charters and B-BBEE in general, across all sectors of the economy.
Equity Equivalent Secretariat
The Equity Equivalent Secretariat is responsible for:
- Analysing valuation methodologies and business plans from multinational companies;
- Managing and processing applications for exemptions from multinational companies;
- Assisting with developing strategies for implementing specific elements of the scorecard within the Employment Equity Programme;
- Handling all queries and concerns from all relevant stakeholders (public, private, external and local);
- Collating and disseminating information to all relevant stakeholders with respect to the Equity Equivalent Programme;
- Providing secretariat support to the Equity Equivalent Committee;
- Analysing multinational company structures and vetting (scrutinising) Equity Equivalent proposals to determine commercial viability and sustainability against the set criteria;
- Developing and conducting presentations to foreign offices, embassies, high commissions, chambers and international clients; and
- Assisting in the monitoring and evaluation of implemented programmes.
The Equity Equivalent Application pack: