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Explained: EME BBBEE Verification Requirements

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment policies can be confusing for business owners, especially when words like “certificate” and “verification” are added to the mix. However, the rules and procedures are often not as complicated as they seem – particularly for smaller businesses. In this article, we provide a brief overview of the BBBEE verification requirements for the smallest of companies – Exempt Micro Enterprises, commonly known as EMEs for short. Businesses in South Africa are classified as EMEs if their annual

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The Benefits of Having a BBBEE Certificate

Obtaining a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) certificate for your company may seem like a lot of hard work, tedium and jumping through bureaucratic hoops – but it doesn’t have to be. A certificate can give you an edge over competitors and open up a lot of doors for business growth – and it might be easier to acquire than you think. BBBEE policies are set out in the BBBEE Act (No. 53 of 2003) and reinforced by the Codes

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Explained: Old BBBEE Codes vs New BBBEE Codes

The revisions to Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE, or BEE) legislation that came into effect in May 2015 continue to cause confusion and anxiety among business owners in South Africa. The original BBBEE legislation comprised the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, Number 53 of 2003, and its supplementary, detailed Codes of Good Practice (issued in 2007). The guiding goal of the legislation has always been to effect positive transformation in the business world, addressing the legacy of apartheid and empowering

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What are the BBBEE Verification Requirements for a QSE?

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment, BBBEE or BEE for short, can be a confusing subject to navigate as a business owner. While compliance with BEE legislation is not compulsory, it is highly recommended because of the benefits it can confer on businesses. Particularly for Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs), compliance with BEE can give them a competitive edge; allowing them to work with government and public entities, and participate in the chain of preferential procurement. As a result, many QSEs seek certification.

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Workers trusts the smart way to obtain BEE ownership points

THE PURPOSE OF AN EMPLOYEE’S BENEFIT TRUST (EBT) IS TO ACHIEVE THE FOLLOWING: Maximising BEE ownership points whilst achieving: to incentivize participating employees to contribute to the profitability and growth of the donor; to empower the employees through participation and wealth creation; to encourage alignment to the company values and to retain employees. In terms of the BEE Codes, black participants in an EBT holding rights of ownership in the company being measured (Measured Entity) may contribute: SCORECARD POINTS Maximum

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Should I be BBBEE Compliant?

Before requesting a BBBEE Verification we should always follow the 5 rules of an astute business man: What’s In It For Me This meaning you have to analyse the value of a BBBEE Verification Certificate to ensure the Certificate will add value to your company. Should I be BBBEE Compliant? If a certificate does not add value to your company it does not make business sense to have the verification done. Some companies are embarking on the BBBEE Verification process for

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“Employees trust” the answer to BBBEE Ownership

What is required by the BBBEE act in the “Ownership” element? “BBBEE Ownership Scheme” means a collective ownership scheme constituted with the view to facilitating the participation of specified natural persons in the benefits flowing from the ownership by that scheme or by its fiduciaries of an Equity Interest. Key Measurement Principles An Enterprise may be awarded points for the participation of black people in the Economic Interest or Exercisable Voting Rights of the Enterprise, in accordance with the ownership scorecard

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Why it is important for your business to have a BEE certificate?

A BEE Certificate has been most helpful as past successes do prove. Wits Business School Journal had a look at the success the original BEE strategy had in a number of companies focusing on companies that engaged in a transformative strategy to business and one such company was Old Mutual. The company has grown from strength to strength in its strategy to implement BEE and follow the protocol. Why it is important for your business to have a BEE certificate Old

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Old BBBEE codes vs New BBBEE codes

The Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act, gazetted in 2007, will be used on all financial periods ending before 1 May 2015. If your financial period should end after 1 May 2015, the new gazetted BBBEE Verification codes must be used. This means that a white owned company can still qualify as a level 1 company if all the elements of the old codes were correctly implemented.  It is possible for companies that are only using the 2013 financials now

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BBBEE might be more dangerous than you think

Numerous companies are searching for methods of becoming BEE compliant due to the emphasis of the new BBBEE codes on ownership. Methods’ being used does not include handing out or selling shares, or losing control of their enterprises. This undoubtedly leads to fronting with serious consequences. BBBEE might be more dangerous than you think. The DTI BEE strategy Document defines ownership of black people as follows: “The process of BEE must result in an increase in the ownership and control of

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Client Testimonial

"I would like to thank all the staff at Cenfed/Chamberlink for their professional and friendly service.

We have dealt with numerous BEE verification agencies and have found that Cenfed has a proper procedure that they stick to. We have never experienced the BEE verification process in this manner before and have come to the realisation that Cenfed are doing it correctly.

Thank you for your patience and advice and the wonderful manner in which Yolandi Storm conducted herself with the on site audit.

We would recommend Cenfed to anyone in need of assistance with their BEE verification."

Monique Beets - Accounting Clerk
TMF Construction & Electrical CC