BEE certified: venetian blind centre scores 100%

2011-07-15 00:00

THE growing influence of the broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) policy is increasingly prompting city companies to assess their B-BBEE credentials professionally with a view to securing more private and public sector business deals such as tenders.

Pietermaritzburg-based business Venetian Blind Centre has secured a level-one B-BBEE rating following an audit by the National Organisation for Employers in South Africa (Nofesa) BEE Verification Agency.

The verification agency recently secured a sought-after accreditation from the SA National Accreditation System to issue valid B-BBEE certificates.

Zai Moodley of Venetian Blind Centre told The Witness, “More and more companies are requesting BEE verification certificates. We have experienced this in our dealings with major construction companies.

“BEE verification is not merely important in securing tenders from government departments.”

Melanie Rajah of Nofesa BEE Verification Agency said Venetian Blind Centre’s certification is Nofesa’s first level-one BEE verification in Pietermaritzburg.

She said the move is a positive step, particularly with regard to the advancement of previously disadvantaged individuals involved in the business community.

The value of maintaining updated records was also emphasised. Venetian Blind Centre scored 100% in employment equity, socio-economic development, management and ownership.

Moodley said that the verification process was completed in less than one month.

“The verification will certainly help us in securing future projects.

“It gives us the edge in contracts and quoting on tenders.”

Venetian Blind Centre has secured major contracts outside Pietermaritzburg, including at King Shaka International Airport last year.

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