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1. Skills development is about leveraged training and building a scorecard

The difference between a poorly planned skills programme and a well-planned one can be massive. A proper strategy would include a focus on people with disabilities and programmes that allow for salary inclusion as well as maximise tax breaks, subsidies and SETA funding.

2. BBBEE scorecard and business benefits are not mutually exclusive

The BBBEE Codes provide structure regarding how businesses can contribute.

3. Know what you need from your BBBEE partner

If you are clear on what you need from the partner, the next step is to check that it is realistic. If not, change your expectations. If it is, make sure that it is properly set out in a contract.

4. Do at least the minimum in terms of ownership

The Codes define ownership quite broadly and provide for a variety of structures. Just be vigilant of structures that sound too good to be true. If it is not real ownership held by real BBBEE partners, you could be at risk of fronting.

5. Price your BBBEE ownership deals right

The principle would be based on mutual future benefit and not as if you sell to retire. Rather structure the deal for growth and expansion and plan to exit the business together at a later stage.

6. React quickly when you get your scorecard for the previous year

The sooner a new strategy is finalised, the more time there is for implementation and to reap the benefits.

7. It does not have to be difficult

The codes allow for properly structured loans to be recognised for enterprise and supplier development.

8. Have a Level 1 plan

Even if the business leadership has settled on a strategy to achieve a BBBEE Level 5 or even a Level 8, it is imperative to have a plan to reach Level 1.

9. Use the correct resources for every stage of the process

Plan, implement, document. These are the three pillars of a great BBEE strategy

10. Take the paperwork seriously

Build the file during the year.

Deon Oberholzer, Group CEO of the Gestalt Group

Minister of Energy Jeff Radebe echoed this sentiment at the recent Black Business Quarterly Awards: “Transformation is well recognised as a change management strategy, which aligns people, processes and technology initiatives – irrespective of the industry – in order to survive and evolve in a business environment. Changing the structure of the South African economy will result in it being more inclusive and sustainable, with opportunities for all, integrated value chains and less barriers to entry. In South Africa, the transformation agenda is critical in all our endeavours and decisions.”

The much anticipated 19th edition of the Impumelelo Top Empowerment is on the shelves in August 2019.

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