EconoBEE – Newsletter July 2009

Empower your Business

Executive summary of B-BBEE

Turnover below R5 million per annum – automatic BEE status

Turnover above R5 million per annum – BBBEE Scorecard Compliance

EconoBEE Training

Weekly half day BEE Workshop

1st, 8th and 15th October 2009 – BEE Procurement and Enterprise Development Conference

10 Strategic Steps to B-BBEE!

We have prepared an easy to follow guide “B-BBEE in 5 Minutes” and “Crash Course to BEE Verification” which explains BEE in a simple step by step approach.

Verification Confusion Still Reigns

One of the SANAS accredited verification agencies put out a notice recently that they are able to provide a certificate for anyone in the tourism, construction or forestry industries. This follows the recent gazetting of those sector codes. The problem is that this, and all other agencies have not yet been given accreditation to verify on those sector codes. The only verification that anyone may do, as from 1st August 2009 is based on the codes of good practice.

We sent a formal complaint to SANAS, and they have informed us that the said agency will issue a retraction of their previous email (which has been issued) but the damage has been done. This will not be the first time that this agency has had to put out a retraction.

The situation remains:

  1. There are no agencies accredited to verify any of the recently gazetted sector codes.

  2. If anyone does produce a certificate based on the sector code, that certificate will not be valid and CANNOT be used by any measured entity in its procurement calculation.

  3. An entity in any of the three industries concerned: Construction, Tourism or Forestry is not allowed to choose to use the codes of good practice instead.
    This means that no entity in those industries will be able to produce a valid scorecard until the agencies are accredited to do their verification.

  4. All companies that procure from those industries WILL loose substantial points on procurement.

  5. Companies that do use sector scorecards that may have been produced by their suppliers stand the real chance of having their entire scorecard declared invalid.

The DTI has still not issued any communication on this subject, despite us asking for a resolution. The problem has arisen because the dti has decided to make verification by accredited agencies virtually mandatory even though SANAS is not ready to do the accreditation process for those sector codes and despite the constant pleas of ourselves and business owners to make BEE reporting easier. The dti needs to write an interpretative/guidelines/verification manual for each sector code before SANAS can accredit agencies. Nevertheless the dti wants only verified certificates as from 1st August.

BEE Procurement and Enterprise Development Conference

Procurement is one of the most important elements of the BEE scorecard. It is worth 20 points for generic companies and 25 points for QSE’s – this is nearly one quarter of the entire BEE scorecard. Enterprise Development is worth an additional 15 points and 25 for QSE’s. The two together are the single biggest pillar of BEE – even more important than ownership and management!

Announcing Preferential Procurement and Enterprise Development Conference

Date:
1st October 2009 – JHB – Gallagher Estate
8th October 2009 – CPT – Belmont Conference Centre
15th October 2009 – DBN – Makaranga Garden Lodge
Time: 8:30 for 9:00 – 17:00
Price: R3249 incl VAT (R2850 excl VAT)
More details

Introduction:
B-BBEE’s influence in the manner in which business is conducted in South Africa has become more significant yet most concerned stakeholders have not yet embraced B-BBEE properly. EconoBEE is pleased to announce yet another thrilling initiative to assist all concerned stakeholders understand and properly implement their Preferential Procurement and Enterprise Development policies to maximise BEE points.

Early Bird Special

The early bird catches the worm special – book before 21 August 2009 and in addition get your very own license for EconoBEE V3 (worth R2500) or an EconoBEE discount voucher worth R2500 on selected products/services.
The early bird special – Book and pay 2 weeks before your attendance and get a 10% discount
Book early

Summary of what we cover:

  • Understanding how BEE procurement works

  • How to identify what constitutes BEE procurement and what does not

  • The recommended approach in asking your suppliers’ scorecards

  • How to calculate your BEE procurement scorecard

  • How to identify specific suppliers who could help improve your scorecard

  • What is enterprise development and how it benefits you by linking to procurement

  • How to earn Enterprise Development points

  • Enterprise Development ideas to grow your business

Your attendance includes:
A detailed user manual and CD including all the presentation material, spreadsheets that will help you to analyse your BEE spend, 1 years subscription to the BEE Procured automated procurement system worth R2500 incl VAT, sample BEE questionnaires, sample letters to specific companies appointing them as enterprise development beneficiaries and much more.

Is BEE procurement a pain? Sort it out quick and easy – click here.

Not sure how to get a BEE Scorecard, click here to see a demonstration of how best to produce your own BEE scorecard.

Remember

BEE Points = Business

That’s it for the time being.
Regards

Keith and the EconoBEE Team