Calling for YES Implementation Partners and a quick look at Preferential Procurement in 2022
Calling for YES Implementation Partners!
Does your company need extra staff, but there isn’t any budget to accommodate this need? Contact us on 011 483 1190! We are looking for companies who want to host and provide quality work experience for youth as part of the YES initiative, for a 12-month basis. You will not be required to pay a stipend as this will be provided for.
Youth unemployment is one of South Africa’ s greatest scourges, keeping millions of youth disenfranchised, desperate, and disillusioned about their future. Through the YES Initiative, youth from across the country are able to get that first chance at playing an active role in resetting the economy.
Become an Implementation Partner and part of a national initiative that is creating youth work opportunities and changing the lives of our young people for the better!
Is Preferential Procurement gone forever? Let’s find out…
On Wednesday, 16 February 2022, the Constitutional Court handed down judgment in the application for leave to appeal against a judgment and order of the Supreme Court of Appeal. This application was brought by the Minister of Finance against Afribusiness, with concerns of the validity of the Preferential Procurement Regulations, 2017 (Procurement Regulations) decreed by the Minister on 20 January 2017 in terms of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (Procurement Act).
In a nutshell, the Procurement Regulations, amongst other things, introduced pre-qualification criteria to be eligible to tender. Under the Regulations, if an organ of state elects to apply the pre-qualification criteria, any tender that does not meet the criteria is an “unacceptable tender”. These qualifying criteria advance certain designated groups and provide that only certain tenderers may respond, including: tenderers having a stipulated minimum Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) status level; exempted micro enterprises (EMEs) or qualifying small enterprises (QSEs), and tenderers subcontracting a minimum of 30% to EMEs and QSEs which are at least 51% black owned. If feasible to subcontract for a contract above R30 million, then the organ of state must apply subcontracting to advance the designated groups.
The preferential procurement act allows for all entities to tender and only during the selection process will the pre-qualifications be considered on the basis of affording small black owned entities to gain access into main stream economy due to being previously disadvantaged. The Department of Health amongst other government departments have confirmed that the suspension of the preferential procurement is a temporary adjustment and changes can be made. Although it is not known how long this suspension will be, we urge all entities to always be ready for anything and ensure that their B-BBEE Compliance status have met the pre-qualification.
Want more information about what this means for your business? Contact EconoBEE now on 011 483 1190 (or email email@example.com) to help guide you with cost-effective strategies to maximise your scorecard and ensure your compliance to the objectives of the B-BBEE Act.