LETTER: BEE makes no sense for a one-person practice
Impossible criteria are hurting the people who empowerment was intended to assist
I am a neuropsychologist doing work mainly for the Road Accident Fund (RAF). I was receiving up to 30 referrals a month for assessment. This has now dropped to two per month. Upon inquiry I was informed that this was because I was not BEE certified.
How do I become certified if I am a one-man practice? BEE certification is only for organisations with a turnover of more than R10m. My turnover is R2m. So I cannot apply, yet the criteria are being applied.
The fact that I have had to retrench two black staff members is apparently not relevant. Where to now? BEE is hurting the very people it was intended to assist.
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