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According to Section 4 of the Revised Construction Sector B-BBEE Codes, any enterprise with a total annual Revenue of R10 million or less if it is a Contractor, or R6 million or less if it is a Build Environment Professionals (BEP’s), qualifies as an Exempted Micro Enterprise (EME). This is still more or less in line with the Generic B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice.

In Section 4.2, an EME is deemed to have the following B-BBEE status Level, under paragraph 8.3 of the new Codes:

  • If less than 30% Black Owned, then “Level Five Contributor” having a B-BBEE recognition level of 80%;
  • If 30% but less than 51% Black Owned, then “Level Four Contributor” having a B-BBEE recognition level of 100%;
  • If 51% but less than 100% Black Owned, then “Level Two Contributor” having a B-BBEE recognition level of 125%;
  • If 100% Black Owned, then “Level One Contributor” having a B-BBEE recognition level of 135%;

The best part of the Amended Construction Sector Codes is the Enhanced B-BBEE Status Level for an EME, whereby despite paragraphs 4.2, an EME is allowed (should they so wish) to maximise their points and move to a higher B-BBEE recognition level, by one of the following three means:

  • Obtain measurement in terms of the QSE Scorecard as a whole, and apply the B-BBEE Status Level and B-BBEE Recognition Level so determined; or
  • Obtain measurement in terms of the Skills Development expenditure category of the QSE Scorecard (paragraph 1.1 of Statement CSC603); only if full points (excluding the bonus points) are achieved for this category will the B-BBEE Status Level and corresponding B-BBEE Recognition Level of the EME be enhanced by one level.
  • Obtain measurement in terms of the Supplier Development Expenditure category of the QSE Scorecard (paragraph 2.1 of Statement CSC604); only if full points are achieved for this category, can the B-BBEE Status Level and corresponding B-BBEE Recognition Level of the EME be enhanced by one level.

All the above is great news for EMEs.  They can increase their B-BBEE status levels which was not the case in the previous Codes.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops and webinars. You can book online at https://howtotender.co.za/workshops/. Contact us at info@howtotender.co.za should you require more information. 

Remember:  We have various manuals and guides to assist you in the process of completing your tender documents.

  • The Tender Manual is a comprehensive, step by step guide how to respond to a South African Tender. It includes examples of completed SBD forms.
  • The Local Content Instruction Manual – completing Standard Bidding Document (SBD) 6.2 and Annexures C, D & E
  • The SBD Manual: Examples of completed Standard Bidding Documents.
  • Joint Venture (JV) agreement template
  • Tender 101: A beginner’s guide to tenders.
  • Tender Example: Cleaning Services.
  • Tender example: Once-off supply (with NO Functionality requirements)
  • Tender example: Once-off supply (WITH Functionality requirements)
  • Tender Example: NEC3 term contract

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