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March 17, 2008


Kevin Lester

I am far too antagonistic towards ABVA to serve on any structure Paul, but I endorse your call for Vuyo to return to the role of visionary and thought leadership in BEE. I also endorse your call for a role for my partner Robin Woolley who is unquestionably one of the most professional and ethical business consultants in the country. Based on the content of your blog, vision, leadership, professionalism and ethics all appear to be values that ABVA has difficulty engaging with.
But ABVA should not stand alone in the dock! Where is this SANAS crowd in all of this? Paul, everyone gives them a whole bunch of latitude because of their techincal credentials and their accomplishments in the other areas. But lets ask the question, who have these people ever spoken to about Verification and accreditation other than the DTI and ABVA. I know of no BEE consultant other than William Janisch to whom they have ever spoken, and I suspect that the only reason they spoke to him was because his erstwhile company was appointed to faciliate between them and the BEE Verification industry. Most of the time, they have merely served as a convenient shield behind which ABVA could mobilise their 'closed-shop' view on self assesment. Frankly, the constant defence built around the supremacy of the ISO standards by which they are governed has often struck me as being hollow! Their willful neglect of a thorough consultative process with all stakeholders suggests to me that their impartiality (or at least their professionalism) in this affair must be called into question!
As a final comment, have you noticed the regulatory hierarchy in the ABVA document that omits the Constitution of the Republic and the Bill of Rights? Let me not sound over dramatic, but I am shocked to the core!

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