Category: Newsletter

EconoBEE wins a YES Programme related Case for our Client!

The YES4Youth Programme is a fantastic initiative that is focused on eradicating the high unemployment rate amongst South African Youth. The programme encourages companies to provide unemployed Youth with 12-month work experience (that can be added to their CVs), as well as possible permanent placement within their ranks. However, as...

Transformation of the Property Sector

The Property Practitioners Act (No 22 of 2019) (PPA)  seeks to ensure the transformation of the property industry by facilitating the inclusion of previously disadvantaged South Africans within the property sector. The Act also provides that once it commences, the Property Sector Transformation Charter will apply to all Property Practitioners....

Happy News to end off 2021

It is with great pleasure that we announce that EconoBEE is officially 51% Black owned and is the leading Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Strategy and Management Consulting firm in South Africa. Founded in 2000, EconoBEE is a highly specialised, niche corporate advisory business that specialises in providing companies with Research,...

Sector-Specific EE Targets: Are You Ready?

The Commission of Employment Equity is currently in consultation with industry stakeholders to finalise the highly-anticipated Employment Equity Draft Amendment Bill. One of the key features of the bill will be introducing tailored Economically Active Population (EAP) targets. For employment equity compliance, this will be a simple exercise that may...

Yes, Fronting is a Criminal Offence!

A recent ruling by the B-BBEE commissioner has brought into sharp focus the misunderstanding with regards to the legitimate beneficiaries of B-BBEE. https://www.bbbeecommission.co.za/vicky-adey-consulting-cc-withdraws-from-government-panels-and-surrenders-for-cancellation-its-cidb-grading-for-misrepresentation-of-b-bbee-status/ For B-BBEE purposes, the definition of black is very specific and in terms of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (B-BBEE Act) the definition of “black people”...

What is Socio-Economic Development and why is it different to Corporate Social Responsibility?

In recent months, there has been some confusion surrounding the activities relating to Socio-Economic Development (SED) from a B-BBEE perspective, and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Let’s look at the definition of each of these elements. Socio-Economic Development (SED) is defined in the B-BBEE Codes, as monetary or non-monetary contributions implemented...

Employment Equity Compliance vs Government Business

A new amendment to the Employment Equity Act will have serious implications for companies who plan to do business with government going forward. In terms of section 53 of the Amendment Act, measured entities will be issued with a compliance certificate for Employment Equity which is valid for a period...

Are you a Designated Employer and have to submit your Employment Equity Forms?

Are you uncertain as to whether you are required, by law, to submit your employment equity forms? The submission window to submit your employment equity forms opens up on the 1st of September 2021. What is the current definition of a designated employer? An employer who employs 50 or more...

The ICT Sector: the complexity of definitions

The relatively new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is made up of the manufacturing and services sectors whose main activities are linked to development, production, commercialisation, and intensive use of new technology. This sector is the fastest-growing sector within South Africa, however, there does exist a scarcity of participation...

MAY MADNESS!

During the month of May, EconoBEE will be running specially tailored full-day and half-day B-BBEE workshops with an added twist! Our Directors will be unpacking extra information which includes, but is not limited to, the following: How the new measured period will impact measured entities The debate around sale of...

Are YOU being paid out your Mandatory and Discretionary Grants?

There are 2 types of Grants that are awarded to companies to assist with Training and Upskilling. These are the Mandatory Grants and Discretionary Grants. Let’s look at the difference between these Grants and the benefits of each: Mandatory Grants This Grant is payable to all levy paying companies upon...

The deadline for the annual submission of the WSP is 30 April 2021!

The law states that a company with a payroll that exceeds R500 000 per annum must be registered to pay the Skills Development Levy (SDL). All companies with 50 or more employees need to establish a Skills Development Committee and consult with the Committee prior to the submission of the skills...

Are your skills development goals aligned to your employment equity targets?

Recently the Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour has called for public comment on the Employment Equity Amendment Bill. The bill has been described by President Cyril Ramaphosa as a ‘game changer’ for Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa. The Minister of Labour, after consulting with various sectors including...

Are you being sold a dubious B-BBEE share option scheme? Hear what the B-BBEE Commission has to say……..

Firstly, compliments of the season to you all and here’s to wishing everyone a good 2021! I hope you have all managed to remain safe and hopefully had a decent break! Onto interesting business matters now……. Towards the latter part of 2020 we had a non-compliant QSE client come to...

Has the ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal in relation to the PPPFA changed B-BBEE ?

EconoBEE was recently asked to participate in a live, televised interview by eNCA in relation to the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling on the PPPFA (preferential procurement policy framework act). Headlines such as “Court rules BEE pre-disqualification in public procurement invalid, unconstitutional” got many interested parties talking about B-BBEE. Our...

B-BBEE Fronting Indicators: Are you committing fraud?

Fronting is a form of fraudulent misrepresentation in an attempt to circumvent the BEE codes. There are various forms of fronting indicators listed in legislation. In consulting, we have come across some glaring examples which we would like to point out: The black people identified by an enterprise as its...