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Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003)

Verification Manual

Authority, Application and Structure of the Verification Manual



Authority of the Verification Manual


This Verification Manual was prepared in terms of the provisions of Section 10.1 of Code Series 000 Statement 000 of the  Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice issued in terms of Section 9(1) of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Act 53 of 2003 ("The Act"). The "dti" derives the power to issue this Manual from the Act 53 of 2003 read with the Codes.


The Manual incorporates the relevant provisions of SANAS R47 as amended, a document developed by the South African national Accreditation System (SANAS) to clarify the functions of BEE Verification Agencies and to specify the criteria by which they are to be accredited by South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). SANAS also derived its power to issue SANAS R47 as amended, from Act and the Codes.


Application of the Verification Manual


The use of this Verification  Manual is prescribed and shall be used by Verification Agencies when performing a B-BBEE verification.


Any Verification Agent who issues a Verification Certificate without applying the Guidelines set out in the Verification Manual shall be guilty of unprofessional conduct and the "dti" may  recommend that  he lose his Accreditation with SANAS.


Structure of the Verification Manual


The Verification Manual is set out as follows:

Chapters   1-7   Deal  with  Guidelines  on  general   principles  to  be implemented by Verification Agencies
Chapters 8-13 Deal with Guidelines and methodology to be followed in conducting Verification
Appendix 1 Sets out Samples of Verification Certificates
Appendices 2-8 Sets out  the minimum verification procedures for each Element of the Codes that has to be met, and is based on the key measurement principles and calculations of the scorecard for each Element of the Codes
At the end of each appendix  reference is made to requirements applicable to Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs).