In February, we reported in a newsletter, on a Department of
Trade and Industry (the dti) announcement which provided, inter
alia, that "[a]ny measured entity which is due to be
rated after today [i.e. 9 February 2012] (for the financial period
2011 / 2012) will be rated, in relation to the employment equity
scorecard, against the thresholds set for years 6 - 10 in terms of
the Employment Equity scorecard. Employment Equity scorecard also
applies a subminimum of 40% for each of the targets, which means
that if 40% of the higher threshold in respect of each of the
targets is not met, the measured enterprise will not score any
points in respect of the Employment Equity Scorecard." You can
read our February newsletter, by
By way of background, the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice were issued
in 2007 (the Codes). Two elements, Employment Equity and
procurement had compliance targets set for "Years 0-5"
and 'Years 6-10". It was understood that this meant that 5
years after the Codes were issued, the targets for years 6-10 would
come into effect. i.e. as from February 2012.
On 7th February 2012 the minister issued a notice giving clarity on
when the targets for years 6-10 would be applied. The notice, which
had various errors, including making reference to "0-6
year" as opposed to "6-10" and lack of definition of
"measurement period", did indeed explain that the new,
higher targets would be applied to all entities whose measurement
period ended after 9th February 2012. This was understood to imply
that if your financial year end was for example 29th 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 9th February 2012.
On 11th May 2012, the 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
The effect of the e-mail is that the old targets will continue to
be used for the foreseeable future.
Existing certificates issued by verification agencies using the new
targets would appear, according to the dti communiqué, to be
incorrect, and, despite the fact that such certificates have been
calculated against more stringent standards, may need to be
withdrawn, recalculated and reissued.
Speculation is that the Codes will only be refined once the B-BBEE
Amendment Act is passed by Parliament. As things stand, the dti
will be required to first issue draft Codes as per section 9(5) of
the current Act, await comments and finally issue the new refined
Codes as per section 9(1) of the Act. This process will likely be
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