Take advantage of BEE

Yes BEE sucks.  It sucks for everyone. Black people think it sucks because they get the job, but they don't get the work. For white people it sucks because they feel that they are discriminated against because of their skin colour. For businesses it sucks because they may have to employ incompetent people in order to improve their BEE scoreboard. 

It seems that nobody is really winning with this BEE thing, well with the exception of tenderpreneurs and their beneficiaries as well as their white counterparts that are getting lucrative government business.

My stance on BEE, well what I think about BEE is not really the point I am trying to convey, so for this entire article I will remain an objective observer.

Most companies hire black people because they want to contribute to the transformation of this country, note the sarcasm in this statement.  But who are companies?  Companies are nothing more than the people that manage them. The people that manage companies are probably the same people that hide behind their computer screens and throw shade at the government.  

Yet their greed and maybe their business sense forces them to comply with government policies.  It can be argued that the benefits that companies procure from complying with BEE far exceeds the cost of compliance ie. Hiring incompetent people. 

With all that said why not take advantage of BEE.   When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade and that’s what companies think they are doing, but are they really?  There are short term benefits to be derived from BEE compliance but in the long run the future of the business will be compromised.  Growth of the company will be stagnant as they are sitting on a huge bill of incompetent staff. 

I think there is no black person naïve enough to not know that they were hired by virtue of being black if it is a BEE position.  They get thrown in the deep end and are expected to swim.  As expected because of their lack of training they may drown.  This fails the purpose of BEE in that is feeds the stereotype that black people may be incompetent and further prove that BEE just doesn’t work.

The point that I am trying to get across is that transparency is very important in business. I think that when complying with BEE businesses should be very honest with their new hires. They should communicate with them the fact that they were hired to promote transformation. They should then implement additional skills training. 

They should only allocate tasks fitting the particular individual skills and be outright honest with the person that they will only be given additional responsibility once they prove that they are capable of handling the task.  Additional mentoring and monitoring should also be implemented.   

This process will be very costly at the onset, but I think the long term efficiencies to be achieved far exceed the cost. 

I am not saying that BEE is right, but it is what it is, so make the most of it. 

Disclaimer:  BEE in this article refers to employment equity, not every form of BEE.

ImthatNikka Sbudavinci Xenxe 2014/08/13 10:32:03 PM
ey...try writing some useful stuff next time neh!!
Blunt van der Linde 2014/08/13 11:10:42 PM
Lebo BEE as a policy has far abstract implications than the general public makes it out to be. One implication being that EE serve to meet government requirements and there incompetent people are added to the pool of "competent" white people. In my experience in right here in South Africa I've seen a lot of incompetent people both black and white. I'm sure you've encountered a few or so in your line of work. As a young "democracy" we have forced love as a foundation and as such such policies will always be there. The very fact that companies need to be forced to hire another race is problematic. My point is that incompetence is an individual trait not a race trait. You see it every where you go in South Africa unless ofcourse you choose to look away when its another race.
Malcolm Nicolson 2014/08/14 03:42:40 AM
Being forced to replace a competent person with one that is not competent does not help a company to compete with stiff competition from companies that do not have to play by these rules, meaning international competition. And competent, experienced folk who face an uphill battle to get a job move abroad when the opportunity arises. So who loses? South Africa loses. Good luck South Africa.
Ame Ombre 2014/08/14 04:43:25 AM
BEE is clear systematic exploitation with benefits only to the selected connected towards their own selfish material ends & underdeveloped interests of other citizens! BEE is not a balanced ideology & does not ensure the genuine rights of all its ci!tizens!
Fanny Mc Pee 2014/08/14 07:50:52 AM
Implementing BEE makes as much sense as buying a 747 just because you like airline peanuts.
Don Tandy 2014/08/14 07:59:21 AM
Bogus Enrichment Exercise
Petrus Kruger 2014/08/14 08:03:30 AM
BEE is based on race .. it is racist .. it allows for discrimination to be fair if not deemed to be unfair (an ambiguous concept to say the least).. but probably worse .. it is destroying the South African economy and it is causing racial division and hate. That is where we were before 1994 .. do we want to go there again?
Malcolm MacLeod 2014/08/14 08:05:55 AM
"They should then implement additional skills training." - What is the point of this when the BEE hire will show no loyalty and jump ship to another company for higher pay at the first opportunity? Why should a company fork out a fortune to educate people only to have them move on to a new company? Business is not a charity.
Anthony France 2014/08/14 08:54:08 AM
Any person who wants to better themselves should have the opportunity. I firmly believe that education should be free but any student who doesn't make the grade is removed from the specific course they are taking. This will allow poor people to get the education they need and also get students to find out what level they belong in. Not everyone is university level but that doesn't mean they can't do a trade or a simple office job.