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    SME Status

    You may all go ahead and laugh.......but don't let me catch you!
    Is there such a thing as an OFFICIAL SME status? Special documents/scorecards such as the BEE scorecard?
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    Certificate

    I was going to offer a certificate for this, but I decided to be honest and say no official definition. The BEE codes give the best definition, but this depends on the industry.
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    Thanks Ian, this is sorta kinda what I thought but then I have this huge corporate giant asking me in their supplier docs for SME proof!!! Sometimes I think I belong in a different simpler world!
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    In terms of the National Small Business Act of 1996 (amended 2004), there is a defined table - Schedule 1 - that defines the various business categories. This table has been used for official (government) definitions for some time since and as far as I can tell, remains unammended.

    Follow the link above and go to the bottom of the document.

    As far as I know, there is no "verification agency" type process. A letter from your accountant/auditor confirming the relevant details should suffice as evidence.
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    Thanks for that, I didn't know about this act.
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    Ian, you might still be on track with the BEE definition anyway. It depends what the company wants it for. If it's part of a preferential procurement assessment, the generic BEE codes of good practice definition would apply.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Dave, maybe you can clarify something. For a small company with less than 5 staff, what is the BEE requirements, and does one NEED to have BEE status?
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    If your turnover is under R5 million per annum, you're an exempt enterprise regardless of the number of staff. If your turnover is more than R5 million per annum, let me know and we can explore that scenario
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    ok, but how does that affect if we want to get an investment and BEE is needed?
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    If your turnover if under R5mil then you automatically classify as a level 7 level 4 (100%) BEE contributor. Typically that value would then be used in a clients procurement BEE calculation.

    Somehow I suspect that it all might be academic in some cases though.

    What exactly is being asked from you, and what relation do you have to them?
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