‘N Nogge Ding Wat Kom – Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-B BEE) 11

My understanding is that government will push ahead with B-B BEE inspite of the fact that it has failed the people, the impoverished masses.

The few “GREEDY GLUTTERS” have taken the opportunities and wealth all for themselves at the expense mof the masses. No other country in the world has spit out so many millionaires without the input of a “DIME” what utter rubbish of making the masses believe that they are all included in this B-B BEE when the few rich got RICHER and the masses swimming in debt and living in squallor conditions.

It is clear fromr esults since the legislation relating to Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) was enacted that it was doomed for failure and the few black participants who were “politically” correct but morally and socially ignored the reasons and purpose of the noble cause that was meant for all of the impoverished masses to contribute and to gain access to the economy. What has happened to developing and creating entrepreneurs, distribute the knowledge of investing and stock exchenge, developing sound social & moral principles, and increaseskills development! Are these not some of the issues that will assist B-B BEE? GREAT! Since you agree with me that you cannot put the cart before the horse by applying B-B BEE on the masses who have no access to capital, resources, and who live and will continue to live in squallor conditions! Many of the previously disadvantaged will always be disadvantaged unless they have better competent representation on the power houses regarding land distribution issues, access to legal resources, capital, investment opportunities, and entrepreneurship to list but a few. One of the “killer culprits” almost forced on the masses is the question of free access to a decent equal education. Are your universities, universities of technology accessible to “bright & competent” young adults that are striving for high quality education and certainly do not lack entrepreneurial skills, although require support from academic institutions, commerce and industry? Is the FET Colleges the answer to developing skilled and competent entrepreneurs for a growing and sustainable economy? Are the structures and infrastructures conducive to present to the country a skills profile that matches economic sectors of development! I am not convinced that we have assessed the new training and academic dispensation with the people of course, that can deliver to this wonderful nation a blue print of an exciting young and new South african talent that matches a sustainable growing economy.

Government need to seriously consider and to realise that their job is not to run an economy (they do not have the competencies), but to rather create an enabling environment in order to meet the demands on our economy.

Commerce & industry remain to be driven by the previously advantaged and are sitting quitely in waiting for government to fail in its quest of building a sound and inclusive economic and business sector. It therefore requires the competent experts in the development of human capital, the likes of the people associated with theskills portal to become proactive in meeting the ever increasing demands for skilled and competent entrepreneurs and workforce. This dynamic sector of our economy is really driving skills development, and add much more to B-B BEE. Skills Training & Development is the fundamental focus of B-B BEE as it applies the competencies to the people who will drive our economy. We need to emphasise that unless we achieve beyond the targets of human capital strategies without any barriers to development of all our human capital resources, we will beat the constraints of the real social, economic and political need of the nation. B-B BEE will remain a myth to the masses. We are all part of the market force of B-B BEE that will improve ourstake in the economy driven by competent people like yourselves and supported by all loving and caring people that the rainbow nation represents.

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11 thoughts on “‘N Nogge Ding Wat Kom – Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-B BEE)

  • Selwyn V H Schrieff

    Bully for you Chris, for saying it like it is. Why is Eskom in so much crap, because they got rid of all the exeperienced techs.
    So yes, unless the powers that be change the status quo, we are all in for a very rough ride.

  • Chris Reay

    Minister Rob Davies has recently said that the ANC needs to look at BBEEE and consider where it needs changing. Maybe the penny is dropping that it actually has been a dismal failure and will continue to be unless an evaluation of why it is failing is done with an objective approach and actual changes made, something I fear will not be the case because it is a politically driven policy, not an effective broad-based empowerment policy. If it were, the top end that has got used to feeding from the public funds trough would be disadvantaged, and human nature at that level of public interaction is characterised by ” a better life for me, not for all”
    Blatant examples of different standards for different folks are readily apparent. A white builder who designs and builds a low cost house is subject to intensive and unreasonable attention and rejection from the BEE appointed inspector administering the National Building Regulations, whereas the BEE house builder is allowed to get away with obvious and structural faults (all witnessed at a building exhibition). A sewage plant which was correctly operated by its previous competent white technician lies inoperable under the new BEE appointed “technician”, actually an ex-school teacher friend of the municipal manager with no technical skills. Employment of unqualified “Engineers” and a major municipality that do not meet the required standards in the OSHAct is permitted because they are PDIs.
    For BEE to actually have some degree of success in the true meaning, it must be realised that removing the institutional memory, experiencial skills and intellectual capital, which largely resides in the whites will ultimately be the achilles heal of BEE, because once that experiential skill has gone, you cannot replace it. It does not come in a book or a box. BEE should have kept this in mind, and developed structures to use the ageing white workforce to provide constructive mentoring and training.
    So what will happen, and is happening, is that we exchange the threat of civil violence from the “apartheid effect” to one of citizen revolt and probably other forms of protest and violence due to the continuous decline of the appropriate skills levels essential to running and creating a built environment. BEE is based on a racial metric of value not a skill metric, and the evidence is all too easy to witness just about everywhere with the exception of those few organisations who apply the policy in a sustainable manner, of which thankfully there are some.
    Watch the ANC as it divides its house, with this being one of the issues that really affects the voters, who were so influenced by the “better life for all” claptrap that they are now beginning to realise the very real impact of that phenomenon known as the second law of thermodynamics: every system declines to its maximum state of entropy unless energy is applied to the system to reverse it. Too technical? In simple terms, the fact is, once a low point of availability has been reached, it is almost impossible to reverse the effect. The system has collapsed. Keep watching your local infrastructure: if not already there, the show will soon be at a venue near you.

  • Pieter B Swart

    For what my commend are worth; I strongly believe that we are on the brink of a very prosperous period in our country. I think that “the blacks” are doing well to position themselves for the masses to follow. Given time the masses will start benefitting from the fruits of the country. We have to be patience just a little while longer. Normally when we think that everything is hopeless and want to give up (normally giving up to early), things are turning for the best.

  • Wessel PIETERS

    The root cause of poverty in Africa is also the cause of poverty and low people development index in South Africa. fix the root casue and the rest will fall into place like elsewhere in the world. can we agree on what these root causes are? probably not…otherwise it would have been solved already.
    the Better BBBEE options will not succeed because they do not address the root cause, does not matter what is legislated and what KPI scorecard indicators are used.
    Business is failing in its lack of moral judgement of sick policies and participates therein. Government is failing to educate the massess for this time in history (globalization). it is a setup for failure. Moegsien, your position carries the weight of reality.

  • Brian Moores-Pitt

    Personally I prefer not to muddy the waters more than is necessary. Like Bernstein, Norberg and others, I also don’t see a heavier dose of CSR being the panacea for all our economic woes. I think business should be allowed and encouraged to keep its eye on the ball.

  • Selwyn V H Schrieff

    I think one must look beyond the obvious in Social Entrepreneurship, a classic example: The motherwell hydroponics project and the up and coming Hydroponics village in Klipplaat. These enterprises have and will create not only enployment but also give the community at large a stake in the financial benefits that derive from the enterprise.

  • Brian Moores-Pitt

    One must be careful not to confuse Social Entrepreneurship with Business Entrepreneurship. They both contribute enormously to community upliftment – but in different ways. Business entrepreneurship and market economics have and continue to lift millions out of poverty worldwide. The benefits are not limited to the favoured few at all. My friend and neighbour Dr Imtiaz Sooliman is a Social Entrepreneur of note. While his entrepreneurial capabilities and his contribution to society are beyond question, I believe he would be the first to acknowldege that business, per se, is not his fish tank. I believe he prefers to stick to his knitting.

  • Selwyn V H Schrieff

    Makes a very strong case for the development of Social Entrepreneurship, as it is the establishment of an enterprise that benefits a community as a whole and not just the “favoured few”

  • Brian Moores-Pitt

    Please read Ann Bernstein’s “The Case for Business in Developing Economies” and then let’s get away from all this apologetic and capitulative garbage and into the real solutions for sustained economic growth and empowerment.

  • Hennie Potgieter

    Interesting insight and comment but what are you going to do to convince government that they are wrong. There should be a way not perpetuate and the skewness of the economy and to give greater access to all our citizens. There are too many forces in SA that are protecting themselves and are not thinking of this wonderful country and its potential.

  • ansiefourie

    I might just mention that my book is not about BBBEE per se, but I did point out that organisations tend to focus on those aspects of empowerment that are for the sake of the scorecard and their survival. The intention behind BBBEE is good, but the focus is wrong. Like Moegsien said, government should rather focus on creating an ‘enabling environment’ and that is where the focus of my book lies. That does not go for government only, but rather all employers. My book entitled “True Empowerment” has not been published yet. Des kindly agreed to review it for me and there are still a few others who are reviewing it. I received some valuable feedback from Des and I am still polishing.