The Black Business Council has hailed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and South African Airways (SAA) to develop and support inclusive sourcing and procurement.
The council’s Secretary General Xolani Qubeka said the signing of the agreement on Monday was a bold and decisive move.
The MoU, which was signed by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina and the Chairperson of the SAA Board, Dudu Myeni, was on the procurement opportunities that will be made available for Black Industrialists at SAA.
“As the Black Business Council we are very excited about the bold and decisive move that the dti and SAA have made to open opportunities for black industrialists at SAA. This is in line with the radical economic transformation. We are therefore looking forward to collaborating with SAA and the dti to ensure that our members and all of the black business community can access these opportunities,” said Qubeka.
He added that the announcement that black companies should access in excess of 50 per cent of the 20 billion rand spent by SAA on procuring goods in the next three years was music to the ears of black businesspeople.
“The most important thing now is for our black companies to be ready and make sure that they are competent and are able to respond appropriately to these opportunities. It is also important that companies, particularly those that are in the manufacturing sector, need to fully understand the type of market that they will be accessing as a result of this agreement,” said Qubeka.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister Masina described the signing of the MoU as a historic milestone. He added that it was part of the government’s radical economic transformation efforts aimed at ensuring that blacks participate actively and meaningfully in the mainstream economy.
“This is not a patronage scheme for people who are not qualified to do things. We are speaking about millions of South Africans who are qualified and capable to provide many goods and services required by the SAA.
“We are committing ourselves to working with the SAA and other stakeholders, including business, to make sure that of the R20 billion that SAA is spending on procuring goods and services at least R10 billion should go to black business,” said Deputy Minister Masina.
He added that the dti would be assisting black entrepreneurs through its Black Industrialists Programme to capacitate them so that they could take full advantage of the opportunities at SAA. - SAnews.gov.za