​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The GIBS Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BB-BEE) Unit

The National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) partnered in 2011 to launch the GIBS Black Economic Empowerment (BB-BEE) Unit and the GIBS/NEF BEE Thought Leaders Dialogue.

GIBS BEE Unit focus areas​

The GIBS BB-BEE Unit was launched to focus on the following areas:

  • Research & Development: To establish best practice in Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BB-BEE) in South Africa (rather than the narrow approach which is predominantly focusing on the ownership aspect of the score card).
  • Introduce academic and executive programmes at GIBS, including an MBA Elective Module in BEE, a Certificate Programme and an Executive Programmes Short Course.
  • Ensure that BB-BEE issues and their effect on society are researched by members of the GIBS faculty.
  • Forums and Conferences: GIBS will offer a series of BB-BEE forums, workshops, and seminars as well as an annual conference to generate interest in BB-BEE among stakeholders.

Thought Leaders Dialogue

The goal of the Thought Leaders Dialogue, a major initiative of the Unit, is to explore and influence the perception, design and implementation of BB-BEE in the South African economy. It brings business leaders active in transformation together to vigorously debate the shortcomings and best practices in BB-BEE. This group of experienced BEE thought leaders acts as a catalyst to influence and undo the unintended consequences of BEE, and point the way to a more integrated and effective approach to “grass-rooting” BB-BEE.

Ultimately, the BB-BEE Thought Leaders Dialogue may serve as a bridge between academia (in partnership with the private sector) and the Government leadership of the day. Herman Mashaba is the Patron of the BB-BEE Though Leadership Dialogue and Israel Noko is Chairperson.

GIBS BEE Unit 2012 outlook

  • A BB-BEE MBA Elective Module will run for the second consecutive year
  • GIBS/BEE Thought Leaders Dialogue Dinners (please note that attendance at these dinners is by invitation only):
    • ​25th April 2012 (18h00 – 22h00): Women Entrepreneurs in Mining (Guest organisation: South African Women in Mining, SAWIMA)
    • 31st July 2012 (18h00 – 22h00): GIBS BEE Executive Programme Partnership Model (Real Project Presentation & Progress Report)
    • 25th October 2012 (18h00 – 22h00): GIBS BEE Research Work Presentation
  • ​​​​Forums: Two BB-BEE Forums will run at GIBS during 2012. Dates to be advised.
  • Executive BB-BEE Programme: GIBS is developing an Executive BEE Programme to add to its Company-specific Programme (CSP) offerings. ​
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Programme Manager

Sam Tsima is the Programme Manager for Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE), Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria.

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About the NEF

Established by the National Empowerment Fund Act No 105 of 1998, the NEF is a driver and a thought-leader in promoting and facilitating black economic participation through the provision of financial and non-financial support to black empowered businesses, as well as by promoting a culture of savings and investment among black people. (See for more information.)

Useful Links

Department of Trade & Industry:​
See more on BEE legislation and the Codes of Good Practice ​

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