This post has been written often in my head. It's proper title should be - "the future of empowerment is......... Fifty One Thirty". You're going to see a lot of 5130. The correct representation is actually 51/30, 51% black owned with 30% black women ownership. You're going to see a lot of those companies sprouting up within the next few years.
It works like this.
The smallest percentage of black ownership that is acceptable under the codes is 30% black women owned. 25% black ownership will get you points but doesn't provide any benefits under procurement. 30% black women ownership does - 4 points. The next best level is 51% black ownership - that'll attract a further 9 points under procurement. You then get 100% black ownership which promotes you to a level 1 but actually doesn't do much more than that. Clever companies will go the 51/30 route. This gives your company access to 13 points under preferential procurement (more if they turnover less than R50m) and sets you up as an enterprise/supplier development beneficiary. The balance of the shares can then be held by white people (or foreigners).
What are the 51/30 benefits.
- If your turnover is less than R50m then you are a level 2. This means that you don't have to worry about a BEE scorecard. You can hire white people who you don't have to train. White suppliers will seek you out to supply to the larger corporates and government and they won't have to give you a BEE scorecard
- You can insist on COD payment because you are an ED/SD beneficiary
- When your company turns over more than R50m you can refuse to implement any of the elements in the codes because your blackness provides your clients with 13 of the 25 procurement points.
The white/foreign/infidel co-owner can still sit there calling the shots because the company that is supplying Eskom is made up of a staff trust and he's put up the cash for the company. The company is effectively a front but because there are so many of them out there, Eskom will never be able to check (don't worry Levenstain will attempt to out you). Eskom won't check because it wants to support black owned businesses. Larger corporates won't check either.
These 51/30s will go from strength to strength and monopolise procurement within the larger parastatals and corporates, effectively squeezing out those 100% black-owned businesses who are no longer competitive. The 51/30s will also become the conduit for the rest of the companies that cannot/will not comply with the BEE codes to gain access to the larger corporates. Their BEE status now becomes irrelevant.
And then what? Nothing changes, white companies have adapted and hid behind their fronts. Emerging businesses will struggle to get a foothold now that the larger corporates no longer need worry about them.
Skilled people who sell their labour at competitive prices will not struggle to find positions in the 51/30s or their suppliers. Yes you will still have those unpolicable pieces of labour legislation attempting to ensure that Manyi's distopian dream of companies reflecting the national demographics, but these will become less relevant because they cannot be policed as the government cannot afford to hire more people to police them.
If you ask me what to do with your business I would tell you to create a trust that provides for 51/30. Even if I succeed in getting rid of the revised codes (and I am quite confident that I will) 51/30 is the future of empowerment irrespective of what codes exist.
If you don't know how to do this - speak to me, I have a few good ideas.