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BUSINESS OWNERS IN SOUTH AFRICA: HOW TO OVERCOME RESTRICTIVE LEGISLATION

How do business owners overcome our South African government who constantly introduces restrictive and burdensome legislation that inhibits the abilities of entrepreneurs, irrespective of their race.


B-BBEE and Employment Equity are examples of typical hostile legislation illustrative of this.

Here are some practical ideas on how business owners in South Africa can overcome restrictive and burdensome legislation, such as B-BBEE and Employment Equity:


  • Stay informed. It is important to stay up to date on the latest legislation and regulations that may affect your business. You can do this by reading government websites, attending industry events, and subscribing to relevant newsletters like this one.

  • Seek professional advice. If you are unsure about how to comply with a particular law or regulation, it is a promising idea to seek professional advice from a qualified advisor.

  • Network with other businesses. Networking with other businesses can be a terrific way to share ideas and learn how other businesses are coping with restrictive legislation.

  • Use technology and AI to your advantage. There are a number of software solutions that can help businesses to comply with complex legislation.

  • Lobby the government. If you believe that a particular law or regulation is unfair and harmful to businesses, you can lobby the government to change it. Do not sit back and simply accept.


Here are some specifics to overcoming the challenges of B-BBEE and Employment Equity:

B-BBEE: There are a number of ways to improve your B-BBEE score, such as:

Hiring employees that are representative of the demographics of the country, up-skilling them and then empowering them to leadership positions.

Investing in or doing Joint ventures with Black-owned businesses.

Procuring goods and services from small and medium sized Black-owned suppliers.

Contributing to charities and educational institutions that serve Black beneficiaries.

Employment Equity: There are a number of ways to ensure that your workplace is compliant with Employment Equity legislation, such as:

Developing and implementing an Employment Equity Plan.

Setting targets for the representation of Black employees at all levels of your organization.

Providing training and development opportunities for Black employees.

Monitoring your organization's progress towards achieving its Employment Equity targets.


Overcoming restrictive and burdensome legislation can be challenging, but it is possible. By following the above, business owners can increase their chances of success. Thinking outside of the box is what we do best - we either have or we will develop a solution for your company.

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