This would be funny if it were not so serious

Original publish date – Wed, 10 Jun 2009 13:49:21 +0000, Keith

The new minister of energy will be talking at a seminar tomorrow. The media release published by her spokesman states:

“9 June 2009

Members of the media are invited to cover the AMEF Seminar to be held later this week.

Date: 11 June 2009
Venue: Gallagher Estates, Midrand
Time: 08h30 to 13h00

Brief background:

The AMEF played a pivotal role in the development and final agreement by all major industry players to commit to the Liquid Fuels Empowerment Charter. This was a pioneering initiative in that it was the first charter to facilitate empowerment of historically disadvantaged individuals in any industry. The charters that followed, leading up to the creation of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) scorecard were drawn on the learning of the oil industry.

The charter was signed by all heads of all significant companies and organisations involved in the liquid fuels industry on the 2 November 2000. As the 10 year anniversary draws nearer, it is also an opportunity to reflect on the transformation journey of the industry. It is also an opportunity to identify the hurdles inhibiting progress and celebrate the successes achieved thus far.

In her speech, the Minister of Energy Ms Dipuo Peters will reflect on the current status of progress against the charter by outlining the actions that have been taken by government to comply with the charter. She will also identify areas that need extra attention to reach the November 2010 targeted date and beyond. Most importantly, the Minister will also emphasise on the need to ensure that BEE is not eroded by the current economic meltdown and further reflect on the implications for the economy as a result of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) deals.

For more information, my contact details are as follows:
Zodwa Batyashe
MLO (Minister’s Spokesperson)
Cell: 083 255 8849

Issued by: Department of Energy
9 June 2009″

I take issue with the comment “The charters that followed, leading up to the creation of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) scorecard were drawn on the learning of the oil industry.”

On second thoughts maybe the entire codes were drawn up based on the learning of the oil industry. Maybe the architects of the codes said to themselves “Whatever the liquid fuels charter says – let’s do the opposite”, and then drew up the excellent codes of good practice.

Pity that the government does not practise their own policies!
Pity that the minister is taking credit for the B-BBEE codes when her petroleum charter is such a mess, and serves little empowerment purposes.
Pity that a company in the oil industry  has to follow the act in order to get permission to operate, and then has to follow the codes of good practice in everything else it does.

And the president is trying to ensure service delivery and remove red tape. The minister of energy is not delivering by making life more complicated for business. The minister of energy is not helping transformation nor empowerment by ignoring,neglecting and almost sabotaging the broad based black economic empowerment act.


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