Tender Bulletin 21 June 2019

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SACCI Press Statement – SACCI response to President Ramaphosa’ s SONA

The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI), welcomes President Ramaphosa’ s SONA address.

The intent to revitalize the economy through small business Centres where youth entrepreneurs will be given both technical and financial support is an added significant positive move. We also welcome the decisiveness around resolving the capital and operational issues surrounding the power utility Eskom and we look forward to the presentation of the Budget to see how this will be funded. Whilst the President has indicated good objectives especially on how to ignite the economy, we are looking forward to getting an understanding of the actual execution plans.

At this time, we wish to encourage the President to communicate his clear plans in the area of how these objectives are to be delivered.

In our considered view, the restructuring of the civil service will be a central critical success factor. In this regard the President needs to consider that the restructuring of the civil service needs to look at the areas of selection, recruitment and retention; training and development; performance management and a change in culture and a values based performing civil service. We also believe that the issue of the compensation structure for the civil service executives now needs an urgent review. The top civil service jobs should be able to attract the best talent available in society whether in the public or private sectors. Without restructuring this area, it is not likely that the objectives laid out in the SONA speech will be achieved. The critical success factors for any organization are the right people, the right values and the right culture. By people we mean highly qualified, highly experienced with a strong performance track record. Given the major challenges facing SA and the big plans announced by the President, the time has come to make the civil service an attractive employer.

Similarly, on the intractable issue of SOE governance, we believe the time has now come to give consideration to how SOE boards are appointed. Billions of Rands have been lost by SOEs and the area of governance and performance have been identified as key culprits. To enable the state to move forward in this area we propose that a structure similar to that of the Judicial Service Commission must now be established to handle the appointments of board members to SOEs. As with the appointment of judges, this should be done via public hearings. It therefore should be the prerogative of the boards so appointed to handle the employment and performance management of SOE executives.

The capital calls that have been made to support SOEs that are in trouble should be accompanied by clear plans on the filling up of senior level vacancies plus the viable turnaround plans. In this regard the requests for capital injections should be accompanied by the commissioning of robust restructuring capabilities, including the appointment of such personnel who have commensurate and relevant experience in handling complex turnarounds.

As the biggest representative business organization, SACCI accepts the President’s invitation for business to get involved with these plans and we look forward to engaging the President and his ministers to seek ways of making all this work.

Ref queries : Alan Mukoki ( SACCI CEO)

Mobile: 082 551 1159

China (Fujian)-South Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation Matchmaking Meeting

Please find below a delegation list and an invitation to attend the China (Fujian)-South Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation Matchmaking Meeting.

Date: 23 June 2019

Venue: Radisson Blu Sandton Conference Room

Time:10:00 – 12:30

RSVP: Tshidim@sacci.org.za

SACCI President Advocate Mtho Xulu has accepted

We heard good news today that, SACCI President Advocate Mtho Xulu  has accepted his nomination as member of the South African Chapter of the BRICS Business Council deregulation working group (DWG) as per the letter below.

The BRICS Business Council was established during the 5th BRICS Summit held on the 26th-27th March 2013 in Durban, South Africa. The object of creating the council was to constitute a platform which will promote and strengthen business, trade and investment ties amongst the business communities of the five BRICS countries, ensure that there is regular dialogue between the business communities of the BRICS nations and the Governments of the BRICS countries; and identify problems and bottlenecks to ensure greater economic, trade and investment ties amongst the BRICS countries and recommend solutions accordingly.

We are sure that members will join us in congratulating Advocate Mtho Xulu for this nomination.

BUSA’s final comment to SARS

For information purposes only, please see below BUSA’s final comment to SARS on the Documents published for comment on the implementation of the carbon tax.

Magaliesberg Association for Culture & Heritage: MACH

Om die dam Heritage Bus Tour
Sunday June 23rd
With Historian Rob Milne

Hartebeestpoort Dam from Saartjiesnek: J.H. Pierneef, Panel at Johannesburg Station

 

Tour from Meerhof Lodge Hartbeespoort at 08h00.

Coffee/tea available from 07h30

Booklet covering sites to visit will be available.

Talk on Schoeman family role in building the dam and how “Sophia” fits in

Stand beside the Iron railway bridge and learn about the early railways and disappearing tracks

Sappers Rus and famous Sappers, Remembrance Day and a special page-turning ceremony

Lunch break at Van Gaalen’s and talk

Anecdotes of love, heroism and betrayal during the guerilla war in the Magaliesberg

South Africa’s Greatest Escape Artist, General Christian de Wet

The Voortrekker Cemetery, the “Brothers” of Broederstroom and “skelm” gold mining

 

Tea Break at Preller House and Talk

Gustav Preller, the great Afrikaans Marketer

Eugene Marais, the Afrikaans genius and the Opium Bed

Rietfontein Cemetery and fresh insights into the Battle of Kalkheuwel

Return to Meerhof Lodge 17h00

Bookings: Mike 071 382 5905 or info@machbookings.co.za

Cost R200.00 per person. Refreshments & food for own account

  • Pay MACH. Standard bank. All Branches 015074021.

Payments reference: (Name. June 23) All bookings will be confirmed by email.

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act 2003

The Department of Trade and Industry has published the following Codes, below, in terms of Section 9(1) of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Amendment Act 2003 for implementation within 6 months from the date of Gazette:

  1. Schedule 1 of the Amended Codes of Good Practice;
  2. Amended Code Series 400, Statement 400: General Principles for Measuring Enterprise and Supplier Development;
  3. Amended Code Series 300, Statement 300: General Principles for Measuring Skills Development;
  4. Amended Code Series 000, Statement 000: General Principles and the Generic Scorecard

 

Generic Scorecard

Measuring Enterprise and Supplier Development

Measuring Skills Development

Schedule 1 of the Amended Codes of Good Practice

NEDLAC Development Chamber meeting

Dear Member,

At the NEDLAC Development Chamber meeting held on 28 May 2019, the Department of Home Affairs gave a presentation on its’ white paper on the repositioning programme for Home Affairs.

Some of the key issues arising from the presentation include:

  • The “User-pays” principle being proposed by the Department, seeking to cross subsidise Government administrative  processes;
  • The Department foreshadows revenue streams of up to R20 Billion per annum which could be achieved through charges out for service delivery. These would include, but not limited to :

–       Businesses such as banks and insurance companies being charged to verify national status such as IDs through the Department (sole custodian of this data).

–       Increases to VISA charges- noting that South Africa has one of the lowest costs for VISAs in the world

–       Review and increase of work permit costs as well a the criteria for awarding corporate permits.

Social partners made a request for NEDLAC engagements on the white paper and as such it was agreed that a four-a-side Task Team needs to be urgently established to consider the Home Affairs white paper.

Members are hereby requested to nominate suitable candidates to serve on the Task Team by filing in the table below.

All nominations should be submitted to Joseph Mtolo (Tshidim@sacci.org.za) by close of business on Monday, 03 June 2019.

Please note that a call for input will be circulated shortly for members to provide input on the white paper on the Home Affairs repositioning programme.

Name of Nominee Gender Race Current Employment SACCI Membership

(Nominator)

Relevant technical experience and motivation based on Task Team Contact details (E-mail & Cell Phone)
 

 

           

On The Road Again

We are on the Road again – on 05 June 2019, and will be doing our second day tour and it promises to be filled with adventure and lovely food again. 

Please make your bookings asap to avoid disappointment.

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Tender Bulletin 24 May 2019

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