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“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.  

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