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Rail Sub-Sector Code for B-BBEE

2. Vision

2.1 Overarching Vision



2.1.1 Our overarching vision is to develop a world-class rail industry that will grow in size, stimulate economic growth and development, facilitate trade, comply with safety standards agreed with the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) Act 16 of 2002. In addition deliver efficient and quality services to customers, and achieve a significant increase in black participation in ownership, management and employment in companies throughout the industry value chain. Stakeholders will pursue a growth strategy that prioritises the retention and creation of quality jobs.


2.1.2 To make this vision become a reality will require a deliberate strategy to increase access to skills, capital and economic opportunities. This will require all stakeholders to recruit new black people into the industry and increase their skills (and those of existing employees) to best-practice international levels, while creating a supportive culture for their talents to thrive. It will also require all stakeholders to facilitate the creation of new black owned enterprises (and the development of existing ones) who can participate in economic opportunities throughout the rail industry value chain.


2.1.3 The signatories to this document believe that every company in South Africa must embrace Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) voluntarily, recognising that it is an economic imperative to secure a prosperous future for all our country's citizens. Accordingly, we commit ourselves to embark on a major communications and marketing campaign that will take this "Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Sub-Sector Code for the Rail Industry" to every organisation within our industry to ensure maximum participation by all stakeholders.


2.1.4 Accordingly, all private sector stakeholders committing themselves to this Sub-Sector Code will agree to have their B-BBEE achievements (in terms of the indicators in the balanced scorecard) rated by an independent accredited B-BBEE verification agencies or company that is accredited by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Public sector organisations will be monitored and their contributions annually verified in a separate process that will be designed by the DoT and OPE. However, an independent B-BBEE verification agency/company will verify the B-BBEE contribution of their suppliers. The B-BBEE verification agencies will go a long way towards eliminating any form of misrepresentation and fraudulent practices within the industry. Other parties committed to this Sub-Sector Code will have their contributions assessed and verified as to their compliance to their undertakings.