Ann Crotty Writer-at-large

It’s either a cunningly convoluted way to shut down the ANC’s Chancellor House and Batho Batho Trust, or an incredibly ham-fisted way of ensuring that hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of vulnerable South Africans stop benefiting from black empowerment. Whichever, it does appear to be a wilful misinterpretation of the underlying broad-based BEE (BBBEE) codes. Across the country there are thousands of amazing people doing heart-wrenching work that helps to make painfully difficult lives just that little bit less painful and difficult. More than any political party, these people, who operate at grassroots, bring hope of change, of some slight improvement in the daily grind. These are the staff of NGOs who, on the smell of an oily rag, serve communities throughout the country. These NGOs eke out an existence, relying on philanthropy, occasionally the government lottery and, as it happens, BBBEE.Nobody involved is to become a shareholder in a distant company whose name they prob...

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