MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 8
Article views: 669
Latest Badges:

View all KevinKing's badges.

“BEE”, the grinch who stole Christmas

14 December 2012, 13:31

Christmas… Regardless of your religion or lack thereof, this time is usually the time when families and friends come together.  Many families will spend the 25th of December together and gifts will be exchanged nearby a Christmas tree etc.  For those of us that experience this, or for others who are enjoying vacation or their Christmas bonus, we are very fortunate.  For many however, Christmas will be just another period of continual struggle and hardship.  And that is why many individuals and organisations make donations to the needy during this time.  Unfortunately, a certain organisation decided to put in place discriminatory legislature to limit donations to charities that support women, the youth, disabled, AIDS affected, unemployed and uneducated.  Although aimed specifically at whites, it however affects all races.

“Too white”

A week ago, the story titled “Orphanage ‘too white’ for donations” made news.  It’s the story of the Jacaranda Children’s Home, a NPO that supports 250 children between the ages of 18 months and 18 years, that is being denied donations from companies because it is too white ie 70% of the children are white.  The home was told “Sorry, you don’t meet the criteria for 100% black economic empowerment (BEE)”

So how does this form of blatant discrimination come about?

Government donations

In 2005, the ANC MEC of the Gauteng provincial social development department issued the following order to NPOs financed by the department, National & provincial councils for NPOs, all regional offices of the department & chief directorates, and the Director General – National department of social development:

In 1999 when the Financing Policy was gazetted, consultations had been ongoing with the NPO Sector regarding the transformation of organisations and of service delivery.  Transformation imperatives included the following:

Race:  The profile of the beneficiaries must be representative of the demographics of the country.

Management and staff should be representative of all the communities and beneficiaries served.

Cultural diversity should be taken into account.

Organisations which have not transformed as indicated above are given two years to rectify the situation and will receive only 75% of available funding for the 1st year from the date of this letter, 50% for the 2nd year and thereafter no funding

So that took care of government funding to charities, the next step was to target large corporates.

Corporate donations

The BEE Code of Good Practice 2007 issued by the ANC run Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) outlines how BEE scorecard points are earned by companies that contribute to “Socio-economic development (SED) programmes” by way of the SED scorecard.  These SED programmes include the following:

·         Development programmes for women, youth, people with disabilities and people living in rural areas;

·         Support of healthcare and HIV/AIDS programmes;

·         Support for education programmes:  Recourses at primary, secondary and tertiary education levels, as well as scholarships and bursaries.

·         Community training:  Skills development for unemployed people and adult basic education and training; or support of arts, cultural or sporting development programmes.

However, the full value of SED programme contributions may not be awarded:

The full value of Socio-Economic Development Contributions made to beneficiaries is recognisable if at least 75% of the value directly affects black people.  If less than 75% of the full value of Socio-Economic Development Contributions directly affects black people, the value of the contribution made multiplied by the percentage that benefits black people, is recognisable

Pure discrimination

Let’s be honest… depriving a white or indian AIDS orphan from food or shelter has NOTHING to do with BEE!  It is pure discrimination.  It is racist.  It is so vengeful and spiteful that it even discriminates against the previously disadvantaged in the short term.  If Charity X’s beneficiaries or ownership is not 100% black then they stand to lose all funding from government.  If the beneficiaries are not 75% black then they stand to lose all funding from corporates as well.  ALL the beneficiaries lose out!

This leaves charities and NPOs with two options:

1)      Refuse assistance to all non-blacks and ship them off  to segregated charities that will receive no funding as they will not comply with quotas;

2)      Continue as they are and risk losing a portion or all of its current funding.

Apartheid is here.  

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Daniel Sutherland
What is the real aim and agenda o...

We can not start to understand what their agenda is, before we looked where they started and it began with Chumani Maxwele’s Rhodes must fall campaign. Read more...

0 comments 59 views
Submitted by
Molifi Tshabalala
Can we trust new Public Protector...

Busisiwe Mkhwebane raises fears that she may be captured, which essentially feeds into the DA’s allegation that she was a spy closed to President Jacob Zuma.  Read more...

0 comments 616 views
Submitted by
Don Baney
An easy solution to the #feesmust...

Amidst the chaos that is disrupting our tertiary institutions, there is a very easy solution to the frustration that has boiled over into chaos in our tertiary institutions. Read more...

0 comments 381 views
Submitted by
Tyler Dean Smith
Students and what they want and w...

To the students of South Africa that think that they have been wrongly promised the a free education Read more...

0 comments 1489 views
Submitted by
Lindie Langa
Fees Must Fall No Coincidence nor...

Let me tell you my dearly beloved fellow country men and women, this whole "fees must fall debacle" is not accidental, neither is it purely political or eocio-economic.  Read more...

0 comments 639 views
Submitted by
Enriko Klopper
The not-so-new game of South Afri...

Clicking through the news and trying to compartmentalise all this information is an exhausting task. Especially if you are attempting to remain as objective as humanly possible. Read more...

0 comments 233 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2016 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.