BBBEE council must assist in transforming Provincial economy- MEC Kholwane

Friday, November 24, 2017

Mbombela – Mpumalanga’s MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Mr. Sikhumbuzo Eric Kholwane says the newly appointed members of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Advisory Council must double their effort and work with government to address the uncomfortable levels of monopoly in many sectors of the economy.

MEC Kholwane was speaking during the introduction of the newly appointed Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Advisory Council at Casambo Lifestyle Lodge on 24 November 2017.

He said: ‘’we are acutely aware that some of the transgressions of this legislation (BBBEE) takesg place at the local level, hence the need to strengthen our capacity and mechanisms to encourage and, as a last resort, enforce adherence to empowerment prescript’’.

The Mpumalanga Executive Council approved the Provincial Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Strategy in May 2013. The strategy seeks to address economic transformation gaps in various sectors of the economy.

The BBBEE Advisory Council consists of fifteen members with the MEC for Economic Development and Tourism as the chairperson.

The members of the Council are: Mr. Muzi Mkhize (Head of Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT); Ms. Immi Serakalala (Secretariat: DEDT); Mr. Ben  Nkambule Advisor to the Premier; Mr. Xola Sithole (MEGA CEO); Mr. Thabo Mokoena (COSATU); Mpho Lethoko (SAPPI); Mr Amukelani Hlaisi (SASOL); Mr. Thabo Masoane (RCL Foods); Mr. Derrek Van Niekerk (RCL Food);  Mr. Sydney Kunene (NAFCOC); Mr Victor Mashego (Youth Business Chamber); Ms. Nomhle Tshaba Nyumba (SAWIC); Mr Oupa Pilane (LCBT); Mr Musi Sikhosana (PPF), and Manase Mathabatha (Eskom).