Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and the Black Business Council (BBC) leadership
held a virtual meeting on Thursday, 7 May 2020, to discuss amongst others the implementation
of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) and the government's
response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
and frank engagement, led by Minister Kubayi-Ngubane and the BBC President
Sandile Zungu, further discussed the state of transformation in the tourism
sector and the measures the Department has taken to accelerate transformation.
this critical and necessary discussion comes at a time when the world is facing
an unprecedented crisis that has put the economy on a tailspin. The outbreak of
the COVID-19 pandemic has placed many businesses, mainly SMMEs, in precarious position
with threats to livelihoods and jobs - and the tourism sector is not spared. This is coupled with a growing toxic and
skewed narrative that seek to undermine the legitimate laws of this county.
Over the last few days,
we have seen attempts by some in our country, who try to use the current crisis,
to delegitimise government and policies like B-BBEE scoring as
part of criteria for relief funding for distressed SMMEs. We would like to
remind all and sundry that the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and
other laws are not suspended during this period. As such, B-BBEE remains law
and in place and as such, should not be undermined in haste.
The meeting attached great importance on fostering co-operation
in advancing transformation, particularly in the tourism sector and creating
favourable conditions for the smaller players in the sector to thrive.
The BBC commends and pledges unwavering support to
Minister Kubayi-Ngubane’s relentless efforts and leading from the front, in
defence of B-BBEE as a government policy, despite persistent attacks from all
fronts by opponents of transformation.
result, the BBC intends to join proceedings, as a friend of the court, in
the event that more legal action be mounted against the Department of Tourism’s
decision to insist
on promoting the transformation objectives in the awarding of the R200 million Tourism
Relief Fund. This is inextricably linked to maintaining the nature of the
recovery that the sector will undergo post the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, the Department claimed victory over AfriForum and Solidarity
in the North Gauteng High Court, which recognised the uneven playing field
between white and black-owned companies, created by the country’s historical
imbalances. The court also agreed with the Department that the closure of
black business “would undermine and set back transformation”.
In welcoming BBCs
support, Minister Kubayi-Ngubane said: “We are committed to the creation of an
inclusive growing economy and it is important that we recognise that our
country has a past that was characterised by the exclusion of the majority from
participating in the mainstream economy. Our government has adopted the B-BBEE
policy as part of the effort to heal the divisions of past and to work towards
creating a society that gives a fair chance for the majority of South Africans
“We need to strike the reset button post
COVID-19, and ensure a new and transformed economy is born out of
it as envisaged by the President of the Republic - an inclusive economy, one
that does not only favour a select few. As part of the efforts to deracialise the economy, it is important
for government to unashamedly assist those who were previously disadvantaged
and who now require assistance to become entrepreneurs,” said BBC President
About the Black Business
The Black Business Council
(BBC) is the over-arching confederation that represents black professional,
business associations and chambers. The primary purpose of the BBC is to lobby
government on policy related matters and to play an advocacy role where
policies are in place in order to accelerate the participation of black
business in the mainstream economy.
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Ministry of Tourism Spokesperson
BLACK BUSINESS COUNCIL
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