Xtec PMB’s hard work paid off with BEE rating

2008-01-24 00:00

A three-year journey made by Xtec Pietermaritzburg has reaped significant rewards in the form of a Level One Contributor to BEE rating certificate from DRG Siyaya, a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) verification service company.

Xtec PMB is the award winning Pietermaritzburg authorised Xerox dealership for the midlands area, as well as Newcastle, Dundee and Vryheid.

Expressing his delight, Bokkie du Plessis, Xtec director, told The Witness that the decision to follow this path was influenced by both business and ethical concerns related to redressing the imbalances of the past. "Our supplier, Bytes Document Solutions, is a level four contributor and thus it was a prerequisite for all the local distributors to transform their businesses in order to reflect the demographics in the country.

"We at Xtec Pmb are very proud to have achieved this goal."

While Xtec PMB concentrated on all the elements of the scorecard, the underlying catalyst in achieving the impressive rating was their BEE deal signed with Oak Park Trading.

Represented by Thoba Poyo, they purchased a 25% stake in Xtec.

Du Plessis also cited their involvement with Colin Mckay of Schooltrade as being another important element of XTEC’s success. "We began to work with Schooltrade, a local educational development project with two projects that meet the requirements of the BEE Balanced scorecard.

"Consequently, we adopted Siqhoza High School in Bulwer and a fledgling English development project initiated by Lungi Zungu aimed at improving the language skills of young black children."

Tony Kruger of DRG Siyaya, noted that securing a Level One rating is the highest that is obtainable in terms of the BEE Codes of Good Practice.

kavith@witness.co.za

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