On 25 May Webber Wentzel issued an update in respect of the targets indicated as years 6-10 in the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice coming into force. You can read this update by clicking here. By way of background, on 7 February 2012 the Minister of Trade and Industry issued a notice providing clarity on when the targets for years 6-10 would be applied. The notice erroneously included reference to "0-6 years" as opposed to "6-10 years", and contained no definition of "measurement period". The notice did explain that the new, higher targets would be applied to all entities whose measurement period ended after 9 February 2012. This was understood to imply that if your financial year end was, for example, 29 February 2012, your next verification would use the targets for years 6-10.

Consequent to the notice, we understand that verifications have taken place using the new targets for businesses whose year end was after 9 February 2012.

On 11 May 2012, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) sent an email stating that "the DTI is in the process of refining the Codes of Good Practice on B-BBEE and therefore the 0-5 year targets will be applied until the process of refining the code is finalised and gazetted. In light of the aforementioned, the DTI will withdraw the notice to eliminate the confusion in the market regarding the implementation of the 6-10 targets and provide further guidance on the measurement date".

We understand that, subsequent to the above email, there has been some confusion amongst verification agencies as to the correct targets to apply.

The DTI has now, on 9 July 2012, published a notice clarifying the errors in their previous notice. This notice has corrected the period from "0-6 years" to "6-10" and defined the measurement period as the immediate twelve (12) months preceding the measurement date.

It remains unclear which party will carry any costs associated with reviewing certificates issued after incorrectly utilising the previous targets. Notwithstanding this, the clarity provided by the DTI in this latest notice is welcomed.

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