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BEE: look beyond regulation to be effective in supply chain

 

Parliament.jpgBlack Economic Empowerment (BEE) is one of the most highly regulated aspects of the South African business landscape today. The most recent changes to the regulations have both large corporate businesses and smaller businesses returning to the scorecard drawing board. Louis Coetzee - General Manager of the Ecsponent Development Fund (part of JSE-listed African financial services company Ecsponent Limited) - told SmartProcurement that this has contributed to inhibiting economic growth, and the stunting of competitiveness in the industry.

Do current ESD practices work?


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The Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) element of the revised BBBEE Codes has made it clear that providing only financial and non-financial support to small suppliers and SMMEs is no longer sufficient.

Considering the imperative that the ESD element places on strategically engaging with suppliers, Christa Bonnet, founding member and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The Difference Makers, has found a worrying level of ‘missing’ knowledge among organisations and BEE specialists alike.

ZUMA - Major BEE procurement shake-up

 

JacobZuma.jpgThe government’s procurement policy will be overhauled in a bid to support black and small businesses, said President Jacob Zuma.

”The buying power of the state is a powerful economic tool. It can and must be used to advance black economic empowerment, ” said Zuma, speaking at a Black Business Council dinner in September.

BEE Commission notes 96 complaints - Fronting claimed

 

Complains.jpgSince the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission, which investigates fronting and other abuses, was established in April 2016, some 96 complaints have been lodged.

However, it is still too early to draw any conclusions from the complaints, said commissioner Zodwa Ntuli.

“We will only be able to give judgment after we have investigated each of the complaints,” she says.

Public Preferential Procurement regulations being revised

 

schalkhuman.jpgThe Treasury is rethinking the draft preferential procurement regulations it published in June, and there is a possibility the revised version could claw back some of the more generous provisions for enhanced black economic empowerment.

“The latest revision of the regulations is expected to be submitted to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in September and could be ready for promulgation in October” said Schalk Human, Acting Chief Procurement Officer, National Treasury.

Understanding policies underpinning the creation of black industrialists

 

MsMaisela.jpgBlack industrialists have a responsibility to maintain black ownership of their businesses. Failure to do so can set back government’s transformation efforts.

As a black industrialist it means that one has to be involved in the running of the business on daily basis and according to the BEE act, a black industrialist cannot sell/resell shares to a white counterpart as that would be diluting those [black ownership] shares,” said Nomumelelo Maisela, Deputy Director: Black industrialist, Department of Trade and Industry (dti).

“That particular act regresses government and takes it back in terms of transformation,” said Maisela who was speaking at the Smart Procurement World conference in KwaZulu Natal in June.

How do we afford affirmative procurement?

 

Image.jpegWouldn’t it be great to lower the costs associated with preferential procurement? The unfortunate truth is however, that the total life costs associated with engaging historically disadvantaged suppliers are often unexpectedly higher than engaging in business as usual. With existing and looming charter obligations, preferential procurement has become a strategic imperative and organisations need to focus on reducing these costs.

In this month’s SmartProcurement, David Monkman, Chief Executive of the Business link (Aspire) Network, examines one methodology for co-ordinating and integrating the various processes associated with engaging in preferential procurement in order to reduce the ‘Total Cost of Ownership’ of conducting preferential procurement.

Purchasing commodities to achieve more than BEE compliance

 

LindelweKunene.jpgThe BEE Codes have been top of mind since the beginning of 2016, unfortunately it is for the wrong reasons. Recent headline-grabbing stories of unprecedented racial tension have revealed a greater need to intensify efforts to achieve real transformation in South Africa. Despite being seen as a complex technological commodity, the provision of printers and printing technology cannot be overlooked in achieving that transformation.


Traditionally viewed from a cost and total cost of ownership (TCO) perspective, it is essential for procurement to consider factors in addition to the costs of office output devices. Failing to observe the level to which a supplier is engaging in economic transformation, is overlooking the opportunity to move beyond mere BEE compliance and engage in economic transformation, says Lindelwe Kunene, Nashua’s Chief Human Resource Officer in this month’s SmartProcurement.

PPPFA : #80/20PrinciplesMustFall

 

Legislation_Panel_Discussion_969x768.JPGSouth Africa currently faces many problems and government must stop applying quick fixes and actually investigate the root of the problem and address it. This was the consensus at a Smart Procurement World Western Cape panel discussion.


“PPPFA must not fall, but the principles of 80/20 and 90/10 must fall, simply because the framework is wrong. This kind of framework is costing government a lot of money that it does not have” said Kamogelo Mampane, Chief Executive Officer, TK Global Experts.

4 areas you can focus on to immediately boost your BEE levels

 

BEE.jpgLast year was one of massive and sometimes controversial change, for broad based black economic empowerment (BBBEE). The amended BBBEE scorecard, gazetted in October 2013, came into effect in 2015 and will affect all companies who are being measured and verified based on a financial period ending after 30 April 2015.


“For some companies, this means you may still have one more financial period under which you can be measured for the Old Codes, however, many will need to ensure they have addressed the requirements of the Amended Codes, to avoid being non-compliant”, explains Jenni Lawrence, Managing Director of Grant Thornton Verification Services, in this month SmartProcurement.

Black empowerment groups call for change to preferential procurement law

 

PROC LAW.jpgLobbying organisations promoting black empowerment are calling for the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) to be repealed because it places too much emphasis on price.


The Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF), which lobbies to address socio-economic disparities and promote broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE), says the law prioritises competitiveness and cost-effectiveness.

dti on the New BEE Codes - "we are not the enemy"

 

liso.jpgMuch criticism has been levelled at dti over it New BEE Codes. Perceived by many as a legislator that has set an insurmountable bar, dti says its drive for economic-development has been lost in legislated translation. Liso Steto, Director at the dti, spoke to Smart Procurement Review about supporting small businesses and the perception of ‘legislation daydreams’.

SAA-BidAir Services debacle: Transformation through procurement has to be pursued within good governance practices

 

SAAtails.jpgTensions between SAA’s Board and its top officials around transformation vs operational requirements has seen the resignation of the carrier’s Chief Financial Officer, Wolf Meyer.


While details of his resignation are not clear, it is reported that his decision is linked to the SAA Board’s push to set aside 30% of a contract it holds with BidAir Services’ and transfer this 30% to a black-owned small business.

SMMEs need "risk taking skills"

 

smmes.jpgThrough developing and encouraging small businesses across the country, the Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu urged SMMEs to develop and adopt a skill of risk taking and allow innovation as these could have positive outcomes for their businesses, said the Minister during the opening of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Johannesburg in November 2015.

e-Procurement powers supply of Flowers through local suppliers

 

nick2-web.png An e-Procurement platform that connects sellers of flowers with purchasers through a number of unique and interesting features and capabilities has been launched by SA Florist. "World-class technology aside; at the core of the business is the relentless pursuit of community upliftment, championing the underdog and providing artisans with equal access to customers that they would never previously have thought possible,  Nicholas Wallander, Managing Director SA Florist, told SmartProcurementI.

 

Using local government's R340bn spend to develop suppliers to increase service

 

Mr Xolile George.jpgWhen local government is judged, the public evaluates the functioning of sanitation, water, collection of waste, traffic lights, solid waste and cleanliness, as those are the fundamental issues a local government ought to do.


However, behind the scenes, an area receiving a great deal of municipal attention is the need to develop the capability and capacity of suppliers, which is inextricably linked to a reliable and continual supply of municipal services.


SmartProcurement spoke to Xolile George, CEO of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) to find out how the municipal sector can leverage its R340-billion annual spend to drive efficiencies and better empower SMEs.


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