To date there are a number of Overdue Sector Charter Submissions.
The sector charters had until the 31st of October 2015 to release their amended bee codes of good practice. However, as of the 31st of October only the following sectors have been published for public comment:
• Tourism Sector Charter – 30 August 2015
• Forestry Sector Charter – 27 October 2015
• Property Sector Charter – 30 October 2015
• Draft Marketing, advertising and communication Sector Charter – 4 September 2015
The following sector charters have been proposed and submitted to the DTI but have yet to be published:
• CA Sector Charter
• ICT Sector Charter
Definition of Sector Charters
Sector Charters are the same as Transformation Charters, and are developed by major stakeholders in the relevant industries. They are referred to as Sector Charters for as long as they are gazetted under Section 12 of the Act.
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There has been much confusion regarding the status of “old code BEE certificates” (empowering supplier status under old codes) being recognized when measured entities conduct their audits on the new codes.
In particular what would be the effect on procurement calculation when old code certificates would be included on a new code verification.
Certificates Issued under Old Codes
As per the notification from Mr Rob Davies (Minister of the DTI) all valid BEE certificates issued under the old codes will be deemed to be automatic empowering suppliers.
They will remain valid and should therefore be accepted and treated as conferring empowering supplier status.
The amended code series 400 Gazette No 36928 will be applied, which states that “Exempted Micro Enterprises and Start-Ups are automatically recognised as Empowering Suppliers.
To discuss this matter or any other questions you might have regarding the latest amendments, contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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Sector Charter Codes
The DTI is about to issue new sector charter codes. They are going to repeal all sector codes that have not been finalised and issued by the 31st of October 2015.
The DTI have committed to releasing the framework or guideline for IRBA and SANAS verification agencies which will provide clarity to them in terms of the methodology of conducting a BEE onsite audit as well as the evidence required to validate the measured entity claim.
Old Codes vs New Codes
The DTI have given South African companies a reprieve by extending the deadline for the application of the new sector charter codes as follows:
- All companies that are to be measured on a financial period prior to 30th of April 2015 may elect to be measured using the old codes. Essentially this means that Measured Entities are able to maintain their current BEE level of compliance (based on the old codes) until October 2017
- An exempt micro enterprise (companies with less than a R5 million turnover) can also still obtain an exempt micro enterprise certificate from IRBA/SANAS accredited agencies based on the old BEE codes using their annual financial statements up until the 30th of April 2015.
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Employment Equity submissions open on the 1st of October. Are you ready?
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For more information on this head to the Department of Labour website.
Social Responsibility through Socio Economic Spend gives acknowledgement to companies whose initiatives help beneficiaries gain sustainable access to the economy.
This allows many companies that support these development initiatives already to score points on their BEE Scorecard.
Socio Economic spend is one percent of net profit after tax. The Company needs to make sure that they achieve this spend by keeping the deposit slips/petty cash receipts.
A letter of thanks stating that the beneficiaries are 75% black needs to be presented to the verification company at the audit.
At East Coast BEE we can take you through the steps needed to reach this level, Contact Us for a one on one meeting to discuss how.