Below follows the content of a newsletter written by SAPRA National Director Bakang Moeketsi:
Gerrie Lewies and I had a positive and constructive interaction with, Ms. Gosetseone Leketi, the Chief Director responsible for Petroleum Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement on 30 July 2015 at the Department of Energy. We discussed various challenges facing petroleum retailers in South Africa including the new B-BBEE legislation.
During her budget vote speech presented before Parliament on 19 May 2015, Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson called on oil companies to do more in changing the landscape of ownership in the petroleum space by affording more opportunities to women and the youth. She indicated that her department would be conducting an audit of retail ownership by each company to establish a baseline. It is her department’s view that we need to avoid duplicated regulatory dispensations addressing the same goal and that the petroleum sector needs to give the codes of good practice for BEE a chance for implementation this year for at least 12 months. Her department will work closely with the Department of Trade and Industry as well as stakeholders to identify those areas that require a sector specific dispensation.
It is on this basis that Ms Leketi asked us to inform you that the department will advertise the tender for a suitably qualified service provider later this month and the census will most likely begin in November this year and it is envisaged that it will be concluded in March 2016.
Our plea is that you start compiling information pertaining to all elements of the BEE Act and make it readily available when the census begins. This is to ensure that we do not delay this process once it starts and that we provide accurate information to the Department of Energy.
We will keep you informed on this process as it unfolds.