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Are you an Empowering Supplier?

BBBEE dictates you should be.

The literal sense of Empower is “to give somebody power or authority” and then also “to give somebody a sense of confidence or self-esteem”. People are motivated and inspired when they feel empowered. And when they feel motivated and inspired, they are happy to help others achieve whatever they want. The new BBBEE scorecard dictates you should be an empowering supplier in another sense as well. An Empowering Supplier within the context of BBBEE is a BBBEE compliant entity, which is a good citizen South African entity, complying with all regulatory requirements of the country. If it is a large enterprise, it should meet at least three of the criteria below. If it is a QSE (Qualifying Small Enterprise) it should meet one of the following criteria:
a. At least 25% of cost of sales excluding labour cost and depreciation must be procured from local procedures or local supplier in SA, for service industry labour cost are included but capped to 15%. b. Job creation – 50% of jobs created are for Black people provided that the number ob Black employees since the immediate prior verified B-BBEE Measurements is maintained. c. At least 25% transformation of raw material/ beneficiation which include local manufacturing, production and/or assembly, and /or packaging. d. Skills transfer – at least spend 12 days per annum of productivity deployed in assisting Black EMEs and QSEs beneficiaries to increase their operation or financial capacity. Without this status, a company’s BEE certificate becomes almost worthless because it cannot be included in any of its client’s preferential procurement calculations. In fact without this aspect of BBBEE/BEE, the company will not be contracted – completely disadvantageous to a company’s profitability and sustainability.
This new BBBEE/BEE scorecard requirement will be felt in the new Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) element as spend with various empowering suppliers will account for 57% of the points awarded in this element, and 21% of the total scorecard. 
Triple E Training Holdings (Pty) Ltd has maximized its score for this element and aims to keep it this way when the amended BBBEE codes come into effect on 1 May 2015. There are relevant options on offer to score for this element of the BBEE/BEE codes, including empowering communities in your area.
Triple E is not an Accredited BBBEE/BEE Verification Body, nor a BBBEE/BEE Approved Registered Auditor. They cannot therefore verify your status. In fact it is worthwhile noting that no Training Provider or organisation that is not one of these (Accredited BBBEE/BEE Verification Body OR a BBBEE/BEE Approved Registered Auditor) can assist you with verifying your status. But Triple E Training Holdings (Pty) Ltd can help you with your skills development element on your BBBEE/BEE scorecard too.

Consider these essential work-oriented learnerships:

NQF 1 Business Practice http://allqs.saqa.org.za/showQualification.php NQF 1 GETC Manufacturing, Engineering and Related: http://regqs.saqa.org.za/showQualification.php
Foundational and thus a perfect entry into the world of manufacturing and the world of business, they will both help maximise your score for this element on the BBBEE/BEE scorecard.
Empowering Suppliers will ultimately improve employments for black people, and in so doing will empower South Africa. It’s a statistical debate not racial. If the majority of a country is empowered and employed, it will flourish. Let South Africa flourish. Become an empowering supplier.

Sources

http://www.sanas.co.za/af-directory/bbbee_list.php http://www.izikhulu.co.za/acquiring-empowering-supplier-status http://www.irba.co.za/index.php/b-bbee-verification-assurance