Three Things You Need To Know About BBBEE Now

Three Things You Need To Know About BBBEE Now


True, the regulations can become a bit of a maze, really challenging to navigate. So, what are the three most important aspects of BBBEE every business must know and understand?

1. Turnover based scoring

Compliance with BBBEE is a turnover based consideration. Businesses are categorised into 3 levels for this purpose namely: Exempt Micro Enterprises (“EME”), Qualifying Small Enterprises (“QSE”) and Generic enterprises (“GENERIC”).

Entities are measured on turnover as set out below:

EME Annual Turnover ≤ R10 million
QSE Annual Turnover of R10-50 Million
GENERIC Annual Turnover > 50 Million

QSE’s, on the other hand, have relieved compliance in terms of the scorecard while generic businesses require full scorecard compliance (without any relief).

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2. Priority elements

The BBBEE Codes of Good Practice list three priority elements:

  • Ownership
  • Skills development
  • Enterprise and Supplier Development

Ownership is a compulsory element. In addition, a QSE must achieve 40% of the points for two of the three priority elements.

Where businesses do not comply with the threshold in respect of the priority elements they will be penalised by one level on the QSE scorecard.

In other words, a business scoring a level 2 but failing to meet the priority elements threshold will become a level 3.

3. What happens if I am non-compliant


Because the scorecard measures businesses on various elements, including:

  • Ownership
  • Management
  • Skills Development
  • Supplier and Enterprise Development
  • Corporate social investment.

There is no need for a traditional penalty in case of non-compliance. From an economic perspective, QSE’s as well as GENERIC’s are very reliant on maximising their score on their selected elements and for many of them supplier and enterprise development is a selected element.

Related: Let BBBEE Make (and Not Break) Your Business

Where their suppliers are non – compliant or not compliant to a sufficient level, it affects their own score. With generic businesses, this is not a likely choice only, but a reality. So, if you are a QSE or generic or you do business with them or government, this is really important.

Where you remain non-compliant or your compliance level is low, your clients will eventually opt out of doing business with you. So, prevent this and seek professional advice today.

Nicolene Schoeman-Louw
Nicolene Schoeman – Louw is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa, as well as being a Conveyancer, Notary Public and Mediator. She is the Managing Director of Schoemanlaw Inc Attorneys, Conveyancers and Notaries Public (Schoemanlaw Inc Attorneys) in Cape Town. Visit for more information or email