Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE or BEE)

Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) or BEE is a reality and a business imperative. With the implementation of the amended BEE Codes and black economic empowerment scorecard, BEE has entered a new phase of diversity, requirements, dimensions and facets and is not limited to ownership and management considerations as some individuals may believe.

Companies that have failed until now to react need to do so very soon or face the gloomy prospect of not being in business within a relatively short period of time.

Do you know your A-Z of BEE Legislation?

You don’t have to become a BEE expert as we are industry leaders when it comes to the strategies and processes associated with a BEE rating certificate. The challenge in understanding the complexity of the how, who, when and what of a BEE accreditation agency and the black economic empowerment scorecard is the main cause of concern and perceived risk for many owners of large corporates, family businesses, small and medium-sized businesses and professional practitioners.

As industry leaders our variety of black ownership structures and solutions differentiate us from the rest. We are not just another BEE rating agency.

The BEE Scorecard Elements

  1. Ownership: measures black ownership of the entity.
  2. Management: measures participation of black people in the Board and management control structure.
  3. Skills Development: measures skills development spend on black employees and unemployed individuals, as well learnerships, apprenticeships/ internships and SETA-accredited training programmes.
  4. Enterprise and Supplier Development: measures procurement spend from empowering suppliers, together with Supplier Development and Enterprise Development contributions to beneficiary entities that are at least 51% black owned, in respect of their development, sustainability, financial and operational liberation.
  5. Socio-Economic Development: measures contributions for socio-economic development.
    *Please note that these comprised seven elements on the old BEE scorecard.

In the amended Codes there is greater emphasis on majority black ownership, particularly in relation to the sub-element of Procurement as well as Enterprise and Supplier Development.

Our value-adding BEE service

All services and legal work relating to the implementation of your customised BEE strategy are included in our fees.

The following is included:

  • Issuing of a SANAS accredited BEE verification certificate by an accredited verification agent.
  • Developing of strategies and compiling of a strategic report to enhance BEE levels.
  • Setting up BEE ownership structures i.e. trusts, employee- or broad based programmes, community beneficiaries, programmes etc.
  • All agreements relating to such structures, i.e. shareholder agreements, subscription agreements, etc.
  • All BEE joint venture, partnership and association agreements.
  • All amendments in this regard as required by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission of South Africa (CIPC).
  • All resolutions and special resolutions to give effect to the above.
  • Access to unique Empowerment Development structures for purposes of Enterprise, Supplier and Social Development.
  • Continuous professional consultation and advice.

Why choose SERR Synergy as your BEE service provider?

Our leadership team has been involved with black economic empowerment (BEE) in South Africa since 2004. Our comprehensive BEE services include tailor-made solutions that meet existing BEE challenges by implementing effective and value adding strategies. We follow a systematic approach to BEE by categorising our services into several phases:

First Phase

  • Gathering of customer information
  • Preliminary BEE scorecard assessment as per the BEE rating certificate elements
  • Preparation for BEE scorecard verification
  • Drafting of a provisional BEE strategy to enhance BEE scorecard levels for our customer

Second Phase

  • BEE verification by a SANAS accredited BEE verification agency when required
  • Managing all aspects of the BEE rating certificate and verification process
  • Dealing with all queries pertaining to the verification process
  • Acceptance of a final BEE strategy from our customer
  • If more than one BEE rating certificate is required additional verification fees will be incurred
  • EME categories only – will exclude all cost relating to legal representation and restructuring.

Third Phase

  • Implementation of the BEE Strategy and provision of mandates, with feedback and evaluation reports to our client on a regular basis

Download our Broad based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) services brochure.