Amended AgriBEE Sector Code Published

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

The amended AgriBEE Sector Code is in place.

Priority elements include ownership, skills development and enterprise and supplier development.

The scope of application of the sector code includes:

•    The primary production of agricultural products;
•    The provision of inputs and services to Enterprises engaged in the production of agricultural products;
•    The beneficiation of agricultural products whether of a primary or semi-beneficiated form; and
•    The storage, distribution, and/or trading and allied activities related to non-beneficiated agricultural products.

A large enterprise is required to comply with all the priority elements while a qualifying small enterprise (QSE) is required to comply with ownership as a compulsory element and either Skills Development or Enterprise and Supplier Development.

Both large enterprises and QSEs have been allocated 25 points for ownership while large enterprises have been allocated 20 points and QSEs 30 points for skills development.

As regards specialized scorecard weightings, large enterprises have been allocated 20 points and QSEs 25 points for management control while large enterprises have been allocated 50 points and QSEs 30 points for enterprise and supplier development.

An exempted micro-enterprise (EME) that has at least 75% black beneficiaries qualifies for an elevation to “Level One contributor”, having a B-BBEE recognition level of 135%.

An EME that has at least 51% black beneficiaries qualifies for elevation to “Level Two Contributor”, having a B-BBEE recognition level of 125%.

In a statement, the trade and industry minister, Rob Davies, declared that the sector code, published in Government Gazette 41306, makes provision for the current owners of land to transfer at least 30% of productive agricultural land to black people under the ownership element.

Meanwhile, the agriculture, forestry and fisheries department has, in Gazette 41306, published revised fees in terms of regulations relating to establishments, varieties, plants and propagating material.

Applications for an export certificate will now cost R87 per certificate while lodgement of an appeal against a decision of or steps taken by the registrar will cost R5 624 per appeal.

Sabinet Cape Town Office