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Letter From Our CEO - February 2023

South Africa has faced significant challenges in recent years, capture, legislation, load shedding, and corruption.

It is unfortunate that some individuals may choose to rely on government assistance rather than seeking employment or creating their own businesses. This may be due to a variety of factors, including lack of opportunity, education, or resources. It is important to recognize that many people who rely on government assistance may be facing their own challenges and may require support and assistance to overcome them.

We should all work to address systemic issues that contribute to inequality and lack of opportunity, so that all individuals have the chance to succeed and contribute to their communities, if not for today but for the generations to come.

I know the vast majority of business owners intensely dislike B-B BEE but whether we like it or not there are many companies, students and charities surviving off companies B-BBEE Assistance.

Compliance Hub has placed in the region of 30 000 students over the years on formal training programs. The vast majority of these students are the sole earning providers for families of +- six, this means that 180 000 lives have been directly improved by B-BBEE. Our skills department has the passion and drive to change lives for students and companies. We have also implemented many Ownership solutions for companies via Educational Trust that once again has made a difference to so many lives in our struggling country. It's my personal goal to educate as many students as companies will allow us to -this BEE initiative changes lives and will set our country on a path of recovery. What is obvious is that our government has failed dismally with our education system.

Work with this notion. There are over 2 million registered companies in SA. If each company assists 2 students in SA with further education a year we will assist 4 million students a year! Now that’s making B-BBEE work for our country and creating an educated generation with hope!

Compliance Hub has been able to make a positive impact on the lives of many individuals and families through our B-BBEE initiatives under the skills and ownership elements and via education trusts over the last 12 years.

Many South Africans face significant challenges in terms of access to education and employment opportunities, and B-BBEE does play a role in addressing these challenges. However, it is important to recognize that B-BBEE is not a panacea for all of South Africa's economic and social challenges. It is just one tool among many that can be used to address inequality and promote economic growth.

It is also important to ensure that B-BBEE initiatives are implemented in a way that is fair and effective. This means that companies should not use B-BBEE compliance as an excuse to engage in tokenism or "window dressing" without making meaningful changes in their hiring and promotion practices.

Ultimately, addressing South Africa's challenges requires a comprehensive and collaborative approach that involves government, business, civil society, and individuals working together towards common goals. This includes addressing systemic issues such as education and skills development, as well as promoting transparency, accountability, and good governance in all sectors of society.

In South Africa, B-BBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment), OHS (Occupational Health and Safety), Employment Equity, Human Resources, and Skills Development are all important aspects of doing business. Companies that do not focus on these areas may face negative consequences, including:

  1. Loss of business opportunities: Many companies in South Africa require that their suppliers and partners are compliant with B-BBEE, OHS, Employment Equity, and other regulations. Companies that do not meet these requirements may be excluded from business opportunities.

  2. Penalties and fines: Non-compliance with regulations such as OHS, Employment Equity, and Skills Development can result in penalties and fines from government agencies.

  3. Reputation damage: Failure to comply with regulations or promote diversity and inclusion can damage a company's reputation and make it less attractive to customers, investors, and potential employees.

  4. Difficulty in attracting and retaining talent: Employees may be more likely to seek out employers who prioritize diversity, inclusion, and skills development.

  5. Reduced productivity and profitability: Failure to promote a safe and healthy work environment, or provide adequate training and development opportunities, can lead to reduced productivity and profitability.

Therefore, it is important for companies to prioritize B-BBEE Compliance, OHS, Employment Equity, Human Resources, and Skills Development in their operations. Not only will this help them avoid negative consequences, but it can also contribute to long-term success and sustainability.

Remember we are here to offer you the advice and experience we have gained over the years to make compliance work for your company!


Be safe and take care.

Sincerely

Hilton Johnson

CEO – Compliance Hub

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