Congratulations – Broad-based is the winner

Original publish date – Tue, 21 Sep 2010 07:02:49 +0000, Keith

The leader of the DA, Mrs Helen Zille has written at length about the need for empowerment to be broad-based. The DA has had a broad-based policy for a long time, but for unknown reason has never publicised it widely.  Nevertheless we congratulate Premier Zille’s call for broad-based empowerment. However the DA’s policy falls way short of the dti’s codes of good practice. It offers no objective measurement, like the scorecard does, and it gives no targets or indicators to guide compliancy. It falls back onto a subjective approach to broad-based black economic empowerment.

Congratulations today must also go to the department of trade and industry – and the specific people how guided the original act through parliament, and then spent many years developing the codes. In researching this article we looked back at the draft codes of 2005 and 2006 and compared them to 2007. It is very instructive to see how they progressed and improved to the final stage.

Congratulations must also go to the tens of thousands of companies that are making an effort to comply and have produced their own scorecard or verified certificate. While there is a long way to go, some progress is being made towards true, and broad-based empowerment. Many companies are spending a lot of money on skills development. Many are working very hard on enterprise development. Corporate social responsibility is still being implemented and helping the poor and poverty stricken.

Yes, there is a long way to go, but our first fight was to get everyone to start thinking broad-based. The ArcelorMittal deal, on which we were the first to comment has turned out to be the catalyst, or the final straw to narrow-based to making the whole of  South Africa realize that broad-based was the way to go, and that broad-based was always the policy of the dti. We are now seeing the politicians calling for broad-based. The SACP has also condemned narrow-based, in favour of broad-based.

Most companies – our clients are very happy to follow broad-based once they know what it entails.

It’s taken some time, but we are getting very excited that broad-based is the winner.


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