Revised black business supplier development programme guidelines
3 August 2009
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has effected revisions to the current Black Business Supplier Development Programme (BBSDP). Minister Rob Davies approved the revised guidelines on 12 June 2009, prompting the need to step up measures to enhance the competitiveness of local, black-owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Accordingly, the dti announces that applications under the current programme will be accepted until 31 August 2009, after which these will be replaced with the new guidelines, available at http://www.thedti.gov.za/BBSDP_guidelines2009.pdf. The revised BBSDP will be effective as of 1 April 2010.
From its inception in 2002, to date (end July 2009), the BBSDP has shown an approximate growth of 800%. A total of 6 409 enterprises have benefited from the programme and an amount of R268 804 782 has since been disbursed.
Amendments to the current BBSDP are primarily aimed at assisting black-owned SMEs to acquire productivity-enhancing technology. The revised guidelines further seek to enhance assistance to targeted enterprises, and in so doing, enable them to access opportunities created by the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) policies of government, and supply goods and services to the corporate sector, parastatals and government.
In order to enable access to the revised Programme, the dti will also introduce a structured training programme for network facilitators, which will enable them to identify interventions that will contribute towards the competitiveness of local enterprises.
Network facilitators will be eligible to apply for training and subsequently be accredited after successful completion of the training programme. The selection criteria of applicants will take into account, among other factors, experience in the BBSDP. The training for network facilitators will cover the following modules:
* use of company assessment tools
* business writing skills
* ethics in consulting
* basic understanding of company accounts
* client and assignment management
* training on the revised BBSDP guidelines.