THE GIBS BEE Unit spent the whole of 2011, focusing on introducing GIBS as a leader in the development and delivery of interventions on BEE. It achieved a high level of interest from multiple stakeholders, including the global multinationals with presence in South Africa. Its network of professionals with direct involvement in BEE spread positive messages about the progressive decision taken by GIBS in introducing the BEE Unit to its Centre for Business Analysis & Research.
The unit received continuous approaches for one on one conversation to discuss the challenges of BEE, and declaration of interest and support. Guest lecturing on BEE in other GIBS programme is viewed as a valuable addition to course content by the participants. We would like to focus on getting more GIBS MBA students to base their research on BEE. This will help GIBS in developing a knowledge base on the topic, and ultimately to support the teaching of BEE at the school. The BEE Unit will make a follow on the NEF offer of real life case studies on BEE to be used by the MBA students.
MBA BEE Elective: The first BEE elective entitled Transforming SA society with a focus on BEE and other transformative practices in the workplace has attracted 14 students and was taught by Dr Robin Woolley from the 18 to 21 August 2011.
Sam Tsima lectured to the following groups at GIBS:
- Rotterdam School of Management (RSM): a lecture entitled Black Economic Empowerment – Insights from practice was part of the formal curriculum for a visiting group of 51 Executive MBA first year students from Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), on the 7th July 2011.
- Strategic Marketing Programme: a lecture on Black Economic Empowerment to 21 students on the Strategic Market Programme during the Strategic Issues Shaping the Market module of the programme, on the 22nd July 2011.
- MBA Project Management Elective: lectured to the Project Management Elective students on the impact Black Economic Empowerment on Project Management, on the 23rd July 2011.
Sam Tsima participated in live interview at SAfm Forum@8, on the 26th July 2011, 08h00 – 09h00, focusing on the topic: “What actually drives people to solicit ; take or give bribes” “Political elite and Business,….can/do we guard against culture of corruption?”
Thought leadership dialogue:
The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) hosted its second GIBS/NEF BEE Thought Leadership Dialogue Dinner on Thursday 28th July in Illovo. The theme of the event was on Enterprise Development (as per Code 600 of the 2007 Code of Good Conduct on Board-Based BEE) and some of the programs available to Corporate South Africa to consider. Nick van Rensburg (Managing Director of Anglo Zimele) and Judi Sandrock (CEO of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship) gave an overview of their programs, which was followed by an extensive Q&A session. Two of the beneficiary companies of the Branson Centre (Dipuo Marekwa of Pelontle Marekwa Transport Services and Cleopatra Simelane of Recess Magazine) gave short presentation of their experience as women owned entrepreneurs. Delegates listened to how for nearly two decades, Anglo American has facilitated the entry of emerging black business into South Africa’s economic mainstream; starting back in 1989 with the formation of their enterprise development unit now known as Anglo Zimele.
Since the inception, organisations like the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank) and Khula have been closely associated with supporting black business and disbursed closed to R500 million to ensure the sustainability and profitability of emerging black business. As at the end of August 2008, the programme has aided 72 small businesses that have a combined annual turnover of R114m and employ 652 people. Loans granted by the Start-Up Fund amount to R21,5m since the inception of the hub programme in October 2007. The programme's goal is to assist 150 businesses a year and create 1 000 jobs annually.
Besides developing small businesses, Anglo Zimele has proven to be a valuable training ground for Anglo American. This can be seen in Judi Sandrock, a former Executive at Anglo Zimele, who is now CEO of the Branson Centre and is now in a position to apply best practices to supporting small business at a micro level. Close to 100 people were at this event, a signficant increase from the last event which hosted 20 people. The calibur of senior representation from Multinationals, Parastalals, large Corporate to the Department of Trade & Industry was an endorsement of the efforts of the Though Leadership Dialogue. At the event, the details of the KPMG, NEF and GIBS partnership to conduct and publish 2011 BEE Survey was presented, along with information pertaining to the upcoming Mining Charter Forum and the BEE Conference.
The first BEE related Forum takes place on the 18th August 2011. The topic is: “The Mining Sector and progress in the implementation of the Mining Charter”; achievements to date challenges and can accelerated Mining Charter Implementation be an answer to calls for nationalization. The forum will be co-chaired by the Head of our BB-BEE Unit, Mr Sam Tsima and Mr Sandile Hlophe the Managing Director of BEE & Restructuring Advisory at KPMG. We are hoping for three mining industry role players to sit on the panel and participate in a facilitated discussion where they will have a chance to give their views and inputs on the 3 questions posed under the above topic; namely: (1) What have been the Mining Sector achievements to date when it comes to Mining Charter implementation? (2) What have been the Mining Sector challenges when it comes to Mining Charter implementation? (3) Can accelerated Mining Charter implementation be an answer to calls for nationalization?
The panel members came from the following organizations:
- South African Mining Developers Association
- Chamber of Mines
- National Union of Mineworkers
Participation in the workshop organized by the GIBS Centre for Japanese Studies (CJS): Sam Tsima, participated, as a panelist, in the workshop organized by GIBS Centre for Japanese Studies, on the 19th October 2011, at GIBS. The topic of the workshop was: Resilience for Business Success – Implications for companies in Africa and Japan.
The other speakers in the workshop were:
- Dr Patrick Reinmoeller, Academic Director – Centre for Japanese Studies, and visiting Professor at GIBS. Topic: Succeeding Against the Odds – A Multilevel Approach to Resilience
- His Excellency Mr Toshiro Ozawa, Japanese Ambassador to South Africa. Topic: Welcome address
- Dr Katumi Hirano, Institute of Development Economies, IDE-JETRO. Keynote address Topic: Are Japanese companies resilient? Implications for the relationship between Japan and Africa.
- Ms Gim Huay Neo, McKinsey & Co., Topic: Winning in Africa
- Mr Haruki Hayashi, Mitsubishi Corporation. Topic: Long-term commitment and diversifying business model.
- Professor Seiichiro Yonekura, Hitotsubashi University. Keynote address topic: The resilience of Japanese companies
- Mr Masafumi Sugano, Embassy of Japan – Pretoria, a panelist.