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Annual Review 2009

Who We Are

Business Unity South Africa is South Africa's largest business federation, representing the interests of over 56 chambers of commerce and industry, professional and corporate associations, and unisectoral organisations.

Our Vision

BUSA is a unified and fully representative organisation that contributes to a vibrant, transforming and growing South African economy.


BUSA's mission is to ensure that organised business plays a constructive role in the achievement of South Africa's economic, developmental and transformation goals. We seek to create an environment in which businesses of all sizes and in all sectors can thrive, expand and be competitive, nationally and internationally.

s t r at e g i c G o a l s

· · · · · · · Acting as the principle representative of South African Business Promoting economic growth and transformation Promoting broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Advancing and promoting initiatives aimed at job creation and the alleviation of poverty Developing BUSA's capability to deliver on its mandate Promoting South Africa domestically and internationally Building a positive public image for BUSA


Governance 4

The Year in Review Foreward by the President 5 Chairman's Introductory Comments Message from the CEO 7 Policy Social 9 Trade 12 Economic 15 Transformation 18 Chambers & Membership Parliamentary Office 23 Our People & Members Our Executive Team 24 BUSA Members 26 Board of Trustees 27




Office Bearers / Management committee

President Chairman Vice President (Chambers) Vice President (Unisectoral) Vice President (Professional) Vice President (Corporate Associations) Business Parliamentary Office Economic Policy Committee Chair Finance Committee Chair Social Policy Committee Chair Trade Policy Committee Chair Transformation Policy Committee Chair Chief Executive Officer Deputy Chief Executive Officer Executive Director: Economic Policy Executive Director: Social Policy Executive Director: Trade Policy Executive Director: Transformation Policy Executive: Chambers and Membership Mr Brian Molefe Adv Andre Lamprecht Ms Buhle Mthethwa Dr Frans Barker Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba Mr Michael Spicer Adv Abri Meiring Mr Roger Baxter Mr Cas Coovadia Dr Elize Strydom Ms Angela Dick Mr Sandile Zungu Mr Jerry Vilakazi Prof Raymond Parsons Ms Simi Siwisa Ms Vikashnee Harbhajan Ms Catherine Grant Mr Kganki Matabane Mr Costa Pierides

nedlac convenors

Overall Business Convenor Development Chamber Labour Market Chamber Public Finance and Monetary Chamber Trade and Industry Chamber Dr Laurraine Lotter Mr Fani Xaba Mr Kaizer Moyane Mr Elias Masilela Ms Peggy Drodskie

The Executive Council represents all Member Organisations and is BUSA's highest decision-making body.

statutory Bodies

International Organisation of EMployers (IOE) ILO Governing Body IBSA Business Council SA-Saudi Arabia Business Council SA ­ Russia Business Council SA- India CEOs Forum SA-Nigeria Business Council SA-CCA Business Forum Confindustria-SA Business Council MEDEF-SA Business Council SA-DRC Business Council SADC Employer Group OECD Business Advisory Council SADC-EU Business Council G 20 Business Council UK-SA Roundtable Pan African Chambers of Commerce Prof Wiseman Nkuhlu ( President) Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba Mr Patrice Motsepe (Co-Chair) Dr Iqbal Survé (Co-Chair) Mr Robert Gumede ( Co-Chair) Mr Patrice Motsepe (Co-Chair): Mr Sizwe Nxasana (Alternate) Mr Phuthuma Nhleko (Co-Chair) Mr Jacko Mare' ( Co-Chair, to be reviewed) Vacant Vacant Vacant Jerry Vilakazi (Chairman) Jerry Vilakazi (Rep) Jerry Vilakazi ( Co-Chair) Mr Brian Molefe (Rep) Vacant Vacant

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Foreward by the President

Mr Brian Molefe

We started 2009 with a very strong message from our foremost thinkers who came together in the Dinokeng Scenario team to say that in order to secure a positive future for South Africa, the state cannot carry all the responsibility by itself. Ethical, accountable and responsive leaders were needed across all sectors, including the business sector. As the apex mouthpiece for business in South Africa, this has had particular implications for BUSA ­ implications which we believe we have responded to. We have engaged with the state in respect of the development of our economy, improving education, raising issues around safety and security and the provision of health. Most critically, BUSA has come to the party with critical interventions to assist the state in becoming more effective, by promoting a business environment that shuns corruption through its very successful anti-corruption forum in October. As a demonstration of our commitment to playing our role in ensuring a brighter future for South Africa, we have not only stayed the course in terms of our social dialogue activities at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC). We have intensified our direct engagement with the Executive, through regular ministerial and departmental interactions. Critically, we have also shown our support for the consolidation of our democratic institutions by recreating what was formerly the Business Parliamentary Office into the re-energised BUSA Parliamentary Office, an important function of which is to facilitate interaction of the broader business community with our elected representatives. BUSA also conveyed the interests of South African business on international platforms such as the G20. As 2009 drew to a close; as it became ever more obvious that the recovery of the global economy was more likely to be slow and sustained rather than rapid and painless, South Africans should count themselves lucky for having the prospect of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup to look forward to. This is so for a number of reasons. High on the list of positives is certainly the greatly needed push that it will give South Africa to ensure that we are not left behind as the world economy slowly regains its pace. In terms of the legacy it will leave, though, I believe that nothing will be more important than the opportunity it provides us to prove ourselves as a country, an economy and a business community that can deliver when the chips are down. At the time of writing, finishing touches are being put on impressive stadiums, roads and other infrastructure were being upgraded and new public transport systems were being laid out at a pace agreeable enough that in many instances even the most exacting standards of the FIFA top brass has been exceeded. But the fact that we have been able to walk the talk in the extensive preparations required to welcome the world on our turf come June 2010 has definitely not meant that the time for talk had come and gone ­ especially for business. The many competing challenges South Africans and the economy that must provide for them face, has kept the pressure on our newly elected government to focus very keenly on the policy environment within which business operates. This has meant a busy year for BUSA, as well as for its many member organisations. But this is also perhaps as it should be, for despite the many surprises that the socio-political arena may continue to throw at us, there are two key areas where BUSA will continue to deliver value to its members in a way that will ensure that we are not left behind as the global economy edges further with its recovery. We will continue to mobilising private capital and to engage government in overcoming the many delivery and implementations that the state is facing. As a matter of deliberate policy, we also continue to participate in regular overseas trade visits and business missions in order to expand SA's global network and maximise the expansion of our trade and growth opportunities.

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BUSA President Brian Molefe, President Jacob Zuma, and BUSA CEO Jerry Vilakazi.

introductory comments

from the chairman

Adv Andre Lamprecht

The latest BUSA review for 2009 will reflect many of the key issues which the organization has addressed recently in the interests of business and the economy as a whole. A vital overarching task for BUSA is to espouse and encourage policies and identify practical steps which will indeed put South Africa's economy onto a higher growth path in the years ahead and maximize the role of business in the process. As comforting as it may be to hear predictions of about 2, 5% growth in 2010 and perhaps 3, 5% growth next year, this is simply not good enough given South Africa's socio-economic challenges. If we are to unlock South Africa's true economic potential to achieve higher growth, reduce unemployment and alleviate poverty, we need to double the size of the South African economy by, say, 2025, otherwise the promises of a better life for all will remain unfulfilled. To do so would probably require an average growth of about 5% p.a. over this period -- an ambitious goal. But this can only be achieved on a sustainable basis if South Africa can enlarge its share of global trade and investment, which currently stands at very low levels by emerging market standards. We must recall that countries do not become rich by chance -- they make choices that determine the path that their economies take. It may not always be clear which is the `right' path at any one time, although some universal precepts can by now be identified. The comparative evidence remains strong. Those countries that have concentrated on raising economic growth (for example, Chile, Brazil, Mexico) have reflected strong decreases in poverty counts. The economies that succeed are those that are flexible enough to learn from experience, that minimize mistakes as far as possible, and which mobilize the nation behind a shared economic vision. As we therefore look beyond the 2009 recession BUSA must help South Africa to take the right policy steps and identify the practical steps required to ensure that the economy will be globally competitive in a world in which, despite recent financial shocks, the culture of productivity remains firmly entrenched. The policies and behaviour, by both the public and private sectors, that support competitiveness, are indeed often debated in South Africa but the real challenge is getting true acceptance and implementation of them. The more ambitious a nation's socio-economic programme, the bigger the productivity gains it needs to underpin it, also in its public sector and the more capable it's State sector, at all levels, need to be at delivering on its services. All these are important elements in shaping BUSA's agenda and in identifying areas of research which will strengthen South Africa's capacity to address the limits on our economic performance. The country's enhanced growth performance of 5% over the period 2004-2007 revealed the key policy and implementation constraints limiting future growth, labour absorption and poverty alleviation. BUSA is therefore committed to helping to evolve a policy framework and help indicate the practical steps which will progressively remove the obstacles to South Africa becoming a truly leading emerging market and destination of first choice for investors.

"Countries do not not become rich by chance - they make choices that determine the path that their economies take."

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from the ceO


Mr Jerry Vilakazi

For BUSA, 2009 got off to a flying start as South Africa was swept into the storm of the global economic crisis. Working with Government and Labour at Nedlac, BUSA helped formulate the framework for South Africa's response to the crisis. The final framework document was endorsed by all stakeholders and presented to President Motlanthe in February 2009, and included short and long term initiatives to protect jobs, shield vulnerable sectors and stimulate the economy. Though the crisis tested the resilience of local industries, ultimately South African Business weathered the economic storm. South Africa exited the recession in the third quarter of 2009, at the same time as most developed nations. Notwithstanding the positive signs of a recovery, most economies including some of our trading partners remain very volatile and it could take another year before they show convincing signs of being out of the woods. Proposed Eskom tariff hikes were also high on BUSA's agenda for 2009. Our initial projections indicated that hundreds of thousands of job losses would result if Eskom's initial tariff application were to be approved. Consequently, BUSA lobbied extensively for a more restrained approach to tariff hikes. NERSA's finally decision on tariff increases ultimately coincided largely with BUSA's recommendations and the position taken by most of our members . In August 2009, BUSA was pleased to host US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at an engagement for Business sponsored by Standard Bank and the Industrial Development Corporation. The event formed part of Ms Clinton's official visit to South Africa and offered an excellent opportunity for trade and investment promotion between the US and South Africa. Subsequently, BUSA and the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) held a business round table in Washington DC which culminated in the signing off an agreement to launch a BUSA-CCA Business Forum to promote cooperation between our two countries. BUSA also led business delegations that accompanied President Zuma on state visits to Angola, Zambia and Brazil. We have now embarked on a process of monitoring the impact of these visits and how they result in economic value and tangible results. A significant milestone was reached in the fight against corruption when BUSA held its first annual Anti-Corruption Summit in October 2009. The event brought together stakeholders from Government and Business and served as a platform for the launch of the South African Charter of Ethical Business Practice. The Summit was coordinated in partnership with the Department of Public Services and Administration and the Danish Embassy and forms part of BUSA's nationwide anti-corruption campaign. Also in 2009, Business assumed the chair of the National Anti-Corruption Forum. We congratulate Ms Futhi Mtoba on her appointment as the first chairperson to come from the business sector. In 2009, the long anticipated BBBEE Advisory Council was established in terms of the BBBEE Act and its inaugural members have been appointed. BUSA representatives on the Advisory Council include myself, BUSA TransPol Chair Mr Sandile Zungu, Vice-President of the Black Laywers Association Adv Matshego Ramagaga and President of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa Ms Tsakani Matshazi. The Council is chaired by the President of South Africa.

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Overview by the ceO

The decision to establish a BUSA Board of Trustees was implemented in 2009. The Board of Trustees falls under BUSA's newest portfolio, Chambers and Membership, headed by Mr Costa Pierides. Increasing BUSA's general membership and the management of membership will also form part of the mandate of the Chambers and Membership portfolio. BUSA currently comprises over 56 member organisations. Despite the economic climate, our membership grew by over 17% in 2009, reinforcing the importance of the need for an apex organisation that can represent the interests of all of South African Business. Closer interaction with our members was in 2009, and will continue to be, a core objective for BUSA. As part of our commitment to increasing our services to members, BUSA finally took over management and administration of the Parliamentary Office in Cape Town to facilitate engagement between Business and the South African Parliament. The office was formerly known as the Business Parliamentary Office under the stewardship of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr Coenraad Bezuidenhout and Ms Lee Padayachee were appointed as Parliamentary Liaison Officer and Information Services Manager respectively. Our internal operations have been strengthened in the past year with the appointment of Mr Kganki Matabane to be responsible for Operations and Transformation. We will continue in 2010 to increase our operational efficiency, even as we look at additional ways for revenue generation for long term sustainability. In recent weeks, we were saddened by the passing of Mr George Manganyi, who had been a loyal member of our staff since BUSA's inception in 2004. We convey our deepest sympathies to his family. We would like to thank Mr Brian Molefe, who has decided to step down as President of BUSA, for his contribution over the last year. Looking ahead into 2010, BUSA will continue to represent all our diverse members with one strong voice. In our diversity there is a common purpose.

"Despite the economic climate, our membership grew by over 17% in 2009"

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Social Policy


In May 2009, BUSA hosted a business summit on atypical employment. The summit concluded that the banning of labour brokers was not an option for Business and supported instead the regulation of temporary employment services. Government later tabled proposals at Nedlac on the regulation of labour brokers and the joint and several liability of employers, amongst other issues. Cosatu and Nactu called for the banning of labour broking but were not supported by FEDUSA. BUSA submitted comments on Government's discussion document together with three critical reviews of the research relied on by Government, and a co-regulatory model. A Nedlac agreement was finalised with areas of agreement and disagreement. Government has indicated that a Bill will be tabled at NEDLAC for deliberations. In August 2009, BUSA presented a submission to Parliament on labour broking. The submission recognised that while some forms of labour broking have given rise to abuse, the overall practice made a significant contribution to employment. Regulation should therefore focus on improving conditions for decent work in the labour broking context.


In 2009 Government tabled proposals to amend the Labour Relations Act (LRA), Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and the Employment Equity Act (EEA). Business objected to a Government proposal that fines imposed for contravening the Act should constitute a percentage of employers' annual turnover. This was recorded as an area of disagreement. Deliberations on the LRA and BCEA remain in progress. Government has indicated that amendment bills will be tabled at Nedlac.

DecenT WOrK cOunTrY PrOGrAMMe

A Nedlac task team met with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to finalise the Decent Work Country Programme for South Africa. Priority areas identified by Business included: · · · · Strengthening the institutional capacity of Nedlac and Bargaining Councils for more effective social dialogue Strengthening the policy environment and national capacity to mitigate the impact of the global economic crisis Adopting policy and regulatory reforms to create an environment conducive to sustainable enterprises Strengthening skills development policies to respond to the needs of the labour market.

sOciAL securiTY & reTirMenT reFOrMs

At the end of 2009, it was reported that there was a consolidated draft Government position on Social Security and Retirement Reforms which would be tabled at Nedlac for consideration. A BUSA task team worked through several drafts of a Business position paper. Wage subsidy proposals were tabled before the BUSA task team. A revised version of the BUSA position paper will be tabled following further debate on taxation and the wage subsidy.

nATiOnAL HeALTH insurAnce

A BUSA task team was established to develop a preliminary paper for BUSA on the National Health Insurance. Universal coverage, equitable access and quality healthcare were accepted as guiding principles. Funding and the provision of healthcare were identified as other important areas. It was reported at Nedlac that Government's NHI policy would be tabled for discussion. BUSA raised concerns with the Minister of Health over a lack of provision on the NHI Advisory Committee for a BUSA representative.

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The work of the BUSA Anti -Corruption Working Group culminated in the launch of the South African Charter of Ethical Business Practice, the anti-corruption information guide for foreign investors to South Africa and the guide for South African SME's. The Charter encourages a more ethical business culture. Work was funded by the German Technical Co-operation (GTZ). BUSA is implementing a nationwide anti-corruption campaign in partnership with the Department of Public Services and Administration and the Danish Embassy. The campaign will focus on training, communication and awareness for the South African business sector.

"BUSA is implementing a nationwide anti-corruption campaign in partnership with the Department of Public Services and Administration and the Danish Embassy."

BUSA's first annual Anti-Corruption Forum was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in October 2009. The forum reviewed anti-corruption mechanisms, including international agreements and their effectiveness in preventing corruption in the business sector. Business has assumed the role of Chair of the National Anti-Corruption Forum (NACF), which drives the national anti-corruption programme and resolutions of the national anti-corruption summit. BUSA is pleased to announce that Ms Futhi Mtoba was appointed as the NACF Chairperson.

BUSA Anti-Corruption Summit


The Business representatives on the South African National Aids Council plenary are Messrs Bheki Sibiya and Brad Mears, and Ms Judy Dlamini. Civil Society's monitoring and evaluation unit will be based at the South African Coalition on HIV and Aids. At an ILO Conference in June 2009, it was agreed that a Convention on HIV /Aids and the World of Work was unnecessary and that a Recommendation would suffice. BUSA completed the related ILO questionnaire on HIV/Aids and the World of Work. The Nedlac task team continued the process of populating the National Strategic Plan on HIV/Aids. It was recommended that an external service provider synthesise inputs from social partners.

HuMAn resOurce DeVeLOPMenT sTrATeGY

BUSA submitted input on the Human Resource Development Strategy (HRDS) at Nedlac, where the terms of reference for the HRDS Council had been tabled. BUSA raised the issue of Business representation on the Council. BUSA's nominated representatives on the Council are Mr Bobby Godsell and Ms Nolitha Fakude.

eDucATiOn & TrAininG

2009 brought many changes in the education and skills arena. Foremost was the splitting of the Education Department into separate portfolios for Higher Education and Training and Basic Education. Functions transferred to the Department of Higher Education and Training included tertiary education, FET colleges, adult education and skills development. FET Colleges were transferred from the Provincial Department of Education to the National Department of Higher Education and Training. An engagement took place with the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr B E Nzimande. BUSA submitted proposals to the Minister on the skills development landscape, QCTO, FET Colleges and National Skills Development Strategy (NSDS) 3. BUSA called for an extension of the NSDS 2 and the current SETA Landscape for a period of at least twelve months, which the Minister granted accordingly. BUSA's Subcommittee engaged extensively on the SETA landscape. Two workshops were held to finalise positions. SETAs' funding and governance emerged as key issues during deliberations.On basic education, Business was concerned with the school mathematics curriculum and is arranging an engagement with the Minister of Basic Education to discuss the issue.

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insOLVencY BiLL

The interim Nedlac report on the Insolvency Bill was finalised by the Nedlac drafting committee. The report will be presented for approval to the broader Nedlac Insolvency task team.

sOciAL PLAn reVieW

The Social Plan Agreement was reviewed at Nedlac. Business opposed the compulsory creation of future forums, which pose the risk of being converted into collective bargaining forums that could render decision-making within companies extremely cumbersome. This was recorded as an area of disagreement in the draft Nedlac report.

sOcPOL cOMMiTTee eLecTiOns

Dr Elize Strydom and Mr Kaizer Moyane were elected as Chairperson and Vice-chairperson of the Social Policy Committee respectively. Dr Strydom takes over from Mr Jimmy Manyi who was appointed Director-General in the Department of Labour.


A BUSA position on labour market implications of the Immigration Act was finalised and tabled at the Nedlac Labour Market Chamber. There was an engagement with the Minister of Home Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at BUSA . The Minister addressed inter alia the progress of the Department on the turn around strategy. It emerged that Business would be open to consider assisting the Department with training needs in certain areas.

suPeriOr cOurTs BiLL

A meeting with the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development was requested by the Nedlac task team. The meeting has yet to be convened. Nedlac social partners have requested that the Bill be tabled at Nedlac.


BUSA has representatives on the following statutory bodies: Essential Services Committee (ESC) Graham Mathewson (MBSA) Colleen Slabbert (RA) Vikashnee Harbhajan (Executive) Ruben Baloyi (SACCI) Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) Tanya Cohen (RA) David Carson (SEIFSA) Elias Monage (CAPES) Employment Conditions Commission Kaizer Moyane (RA) Eric Nwedo (CASA) South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) Nirmala Devi Moodley (RA) Vusi Mabena (COM) National Skills Authority (NSA) Vusi Mabena (COM) Colin de Kock (MBSA) Janet Lopes (SEIFSA) Elias Monage (CAPES) Jeanne Esterhuizen (RMI) National Board of Further Education and Training (NBFET) Stella Carthy (COM) Vikashnee Harbhajan (Executive) Unemployment Insurance Board (U I BOARD) Nico Vermeulen (NAAMSA) Malungelo Zilimbola (ABSIP) Willem Jacobus Jacobs (AGRI SA) Immigration Advisory Board Alan Henry Smith (COM)

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Compensation Commission Norman Weltman Mazwe Majola (BMF) Dr Thuthula Balfour (COM) Alternates: Fani Xaba (BMF) Sushil Deva (ASISA) GRT Tsoai (BMF) Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety Dr Laurain Lotter (CAIA) Dr Thuthula Balfour(COM) Doug Michell (MBSA) Neels Nortje(MBSA) George Kleinsmit (SAFCEC) Vikashnee Harbhajan (Executive) Productivity South Africa Nico Vermeulen (NAAMSA) Nirmala Devi Moodley (RA)

Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) Mpho Nkeli (BMF) John Botha (CAPES) Khanyisile Kweyama (SACCI) Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) Stella Carthy (COM) Willie Matthiae (SEIFSA) Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) Bobby Godsell (BLSA) Nolitha Fakude (BMF) Free State Provincial Skills Development Forum Yolande Maree (RMI) Gauteng Provincial Skills Development Forum Christia Uys (SAFCEC) Mpumalanga Provincial Skills Development Forum Percy Mongalo (NAFCOC)

Trade Policy

TrADe neGOTiATiOns

BUSA actively participated in a number of ongoing trade negotiations in 2009, including: · At a WTO Ministerial Meeting in Geneva in December 2009 where Mr Lambert Botha represented BUSA. Mr Botha was a member of the official South African delegation and participated in many of the discussions, including on the reform of the WTO and climate change. Ongoing work was done to refine SA's approach to non-agricultural market access (NAMA) negotiations at the WTO, including through a FRIDGE study commissioned by NEDLAC. BUSA participated in a Nedlac-organised video conference with the new Chair of the WTO NAMA Trade Negotiating Committee. BUSA attended briefing sessions with the Minister of Trade and Industry on the status of WTO negotiations. Representatives participated in a working dinner for the WTO Director-General during his July 2009 visit to SA. With input from business, BUSA compiled a list of products of export interest to the Indian market, which was used by Government to formulate a Southern African Customs Unions (SACU) position for Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) negotiations. Lobbying to secure ratification of the SACU-Mercosur PTA continued. It is expected that the Agreement will be ratified in 2010 and come into effect in 2011. Together with the DTI and the SACU Secretariat, BUSA organised workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town on opportunities open to business under the SACU-EFTA Free Trade Agreement. BUSA expressed concern about the decision by Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland to sign the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU. The decision held serious implications for the future trading relationship between the region and the EU, and SACU itself. BUSA is continuing to lobby for an outcome to negotiations that does not disadvantage South African exporters and which minimises negative implications for regional integration. The ongoing implementation of the SADC Trade Protocol formed the basis of a detailed BUSA submission to the Minister of Trade and Industry. A number of these issues were discussed by SADC Trade Ministers and reflected in decisions taken. ·

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cusTOMs BiLLs

Two long-awaited draft Customs Bills were published at the end of October 2009. BUSA initiated a comprehensive response to the Bills. A team of experts were called on to prepare the first draft submission, which will also inform Business' engagements on the Bills at Nedlac in early 2010.

cOunTerVAiLinG reGuLATiOns

In 2009, ITAC published draft regulations on countervailing measures for comment. BUSA participated in numerous discussions on the regulations, including at NEDLAC and in a bilateral meeting with ITAC. BUSA's detailed comments were considered by ITAC and a number of amendments to the regulations are expected, which will accommodate our concerns.


BUSA continued its active participation in the trade-related bodies of NEDLAC, including the Trade and Industry Chamber, Teselico and Task Teams. Of particular note were the reports adopted by constituencies on customs fraud, trade in services and SQAM (Standards, Quality Assurance and Metrology).

sADc eMPLOYers GrOuP

BUSA continued chairing the SADC Employers Group (SEG) in 2009. An AGM was held in Cape Town in April where an agreement was reached on a revised work plan for the year. Some of the activities that took place were: · The SEG research report on the impact of the global economic crisis on selected SADC countries - a workshop was held with regional trade union colleagues to review the findings which will be presented to SADC Labour Ministers and the ILO Conference in 2010. Participation in the launch of the Business for Development initiative. Assignment of two interns from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business to the Employers' Confederation of Zimbabwe to conduct research on the participation of business in rebuilding the economy. Briefing on the African Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism. Participation in the SADC Customs Private Sector Forum and SADC workshops on the Poverty Observatory. Advancement of a proposal for the development of a private sector trade policy training course. Development of a website and logo for the SEG. Participation in a joint meeting with European non-state actors on regional integration. Discussions with SADC Trade Unions on foreign direct investment in the region.

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sADc Business FOruM

The SADC Employers Group was asked to assume the Secretariat responsibilities of the SADC Business Forum. Plans were made to hold an AGM in the first half of 2010 to consider the future of the group and a possible work programme.

sTATe VisiTs

In 2009, BUSA led business delegations that accompanied President Jacob Zuma on state visits to Angola, Brazil and Zambia. The visits provided an opportunity for SA Business to engage with international partners at a strategic level on bilateral economic issues. Opportunities were highlighted and investment into South Africa was encouraged. Our delegation to Angola was the largest ever SA business mission with over 160 companies participating. This reflected the keen interest among SA companies in the African continent.

"Our delegation to Angola was the largest ever SA business mission with over 160 companies participating."

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BUSA led a delegation of senior representatives to Harare on a one-day visit in April 2009. The visit built on work begun in 2008 to support Zimbabwe's business community. The delegation met with President Mugabe and various Ministers to discuss developments in Zimbabwe and prospects for economic recovery. The role of investors including from South African was explored in detail. BUSA interacted with the South African Government on the Bilateral Investment Treaty signed with Zimbabwe but was unable to attend the ceremony due to concerns over the consultation process and lack of transparency.


BUSA hosted US Secretary of State Ms Hillary RodhamClinton at an engagement with business during her visit to South Africa in August 2009. The event at the Industrial Development Corporation provided an opportunity for Ms Clinton to deliver a keynote address on developments in the economic relationship between the US and South Africa. Business leaders were given an opportunity to interact with Ms Clinton. The initiative was part of the ongoing relationship between BUSA and the US Embassy aimed at promoting greater trade and investment between the two countries.

sA-us Business FOruM LAuncHeD

In September 2009 BUSA led a South African business delegation to the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) Summit in Washington. As part of the event, a bilateral session was held between South African and American business leaders. It was agreed the SA-US Business Forum would be formed, with a Steering Committee established to guide the process. This initiative is also at the heart of the MOU concurrently signed by BUSA and the CCA to ensure that there is greater cooperation on issues of mutual interest to American and South African business.

WOrKsHOP On sAcu-us TrADe

On behalf of BUSA, the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) undertook research on the current trade and investment relationship between Southern African Customs Union (SACU) countries and the US as well as prospects for engagement under the Trade Investment and Development Cooperation Agreement. The report formed the basis of a workshop held for regional business representatives in October 2009 where a useful exchange took place on issues faced in SACU's relationship with the US.

sA-inDiA Business FOruM

BUSA hosted a engagement with the business delegation that accompanied the Indian Minister of Commerce and Industry on his visit to SA in August 2009. Discussions focussed on revitalising the SA-India CEO's Forum and the opportunities and challenges faced in terms of bilateral trade and investment. A work plan was agreed to for the lead up to President Zuma's expected State Visit to India in 2010.

sA-russiA Business cOunciL

After accepting a ministerial position, Mr Tokyo Sexwale stepped down as the South African Chair of the SA-Russia Business Council. Consultations were held on a replacement to be appointed in 2010. Two meetings of the Business Council were held ­ one with the Minister of Trade and Industry and the other on the fringes of SA-Russia bilateral discussions in Cape Town in October 2009. Members presented specific opportunities for cooperation in the mining, aerospace and agricultural sectors.

cHinA AFricA cOOPerATiOn

BUSA participated in the Forum on China and Africa Cooperation Ministerial in Egypt in November 2009. Coordination between African business participants was poor, however the meeting provided the South African delegation a useful opportunity for exchange on the China/Africa relationship and its implications for SA.

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Economic Policy

GLOBAL ecOnOMic crisis

In 2009 the South African economy faced severe pressure with SA's first recession in 17 years which resulted in almost a million job losses and several businesses being liquidated. Following a Joint Presidential Working Group Meeting on 8 December 2008, a multi-stakeholder process was initiated under NEDLAC's auspices to develop a comprehensive response to the economic crisis. The Global Crisis Response Team was guided by the following principles: · · · The response should address short-term challenges, insulate vulnerable communities, and stimulate business and consumer confidence, while addressing long term competitiveness The capacity of the economy to grow and create decent jobs should be protected Interventions should be timely, tailored and targeted appropriately to avoid detrimental long-term effects

Five tasks teams were established to focus on specific issues: leadership, social measures, finance and investment, distressed sectors, and employment. Task teams met regularly throughout 2009, presenting two reports to the President. The final Framework Document was agreed to by the response team and endorsed by constituencies in February 2009. South Africa officially emerged from the recession in the last quarter of 2009. BUSA believes that the crisis reinforced the need to address long term challenges. Our approach in discussions reiterated key concerns on critical supply side constraints and areas that can assist in improving South Africa's competitive position.

nATiOnAL eLecTriciTY eMerGencY

In 2009 BUSA was active in addressing the electricity crisis. BUSA nominated representatives to serve on the National Electricity Response Team, a multi-stakeholder forum tasked with identifying long term solutions, and the National Stakeholder Advisory Council on Electricity, a presidential advisory council which provided overarching leadership on the crisis. BUSA made various comprehensive submissions on the electricity crisis, including on: · · · · · · The National Energy Efficiency Strategy Eskom's application to NERSA for a tariff increase. The Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill Power conservation programme rules Rationing allocation of electricity to new connections above 20mva Criteria to be applied to screen applicants for electricity intensive processes

"BUSA representatives continue to make input on electricity issues... we are gearing our resources for future engagement"

BUSA representatives continue to make input on electricity issues and we are gearing our resources for future engagement of this matter.


The 2009 budget was tabled during the global economic crisis. As in previous years, BUSA submitted comment on both the February Budget and the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in October. BUSA's submissions reinforced the importance of government's prudent fiscal and monetary policy decision-making, and the concurrent need to improve efficiency in government spending.

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nATiOnAL sTrATeGic PLAnninG

The Green Paper on the National Planning Commission was released for comment by the Presidency in October 2009. BUSA submitted extensive comments on the Green Paper and gave an oral presentation during hearings at Parliament. BUSA agreed that a need exists for permanent structures and processes to assist with growth and development, however preconditions outlined in the submission were necessary to ensure success strategic planning. The submission was well received and inputs were incorporated into Parliament's Final Report. BUSA has nominated representatives to serve on the National Planning Commission.

cOMPAnies AcT

In 2009 BUSA worked with stakeholders to address errors in the Companies Act. As a result of work done, the DTI published the Rectification Notice for the Companies Act in December 2009. The BUSA submission made in February 2010 reiterating our commitment to the development of a modernised Companies Act. BUSA also raised concerns about the approach followed by the Department in dealing with errors outlined in the Rectification Notice. We believe that the process should be expanded beyond typographical errors to include errors which might affect interpretation of the Act. Key concerns for business centre on the unintended consequences of the business rescue provisions. BUSA will continue to be involved in this area in 2010.


Following months of uncertainty, the Competition Amendment Act was signed into law by President Zuma in 2009. BUSA expressed disappointment at the time as critical issues in the Act were left unresolved. The Act amends the Competition Act of 2008 to, inter alia, introduce provisions to hold individuals personally accountable for actions that cause firms to engage in cartel behaviour. BUSA was concerned by complex monopoly provisions; the introduction of personal liability provisions for directors; procedural matters relating to the prosecution of individuals and some constitutional questions.

cOMPeTiTiOn cOnsuLTATiVe FOruM

BUSA took a decision in 2008 to play a greater role in advocating competition policy. In November 2009, an inaugural Business Consultative Forum was held, which focused on competition policy issues. Competition Commissioner Mr Shan Ramburuth and his entire executive team were some of the high-level speakers at the event. Business speakers included BUSA CEO Mr Jerry Vilakazi and leaders from the business and legal fraternities. The Forum was followed by a CEO Dinner hosted by the BUSA CEO.

"BUSA took a decision in 2008 to play a greater role in advocating competition policy."

cLiMATe cHAnGe

Led by Dr Laurraine Lotter, BUSA submitted comment on climate change to Parliament in November 2009. The submission focused on the need for adaptation and mitigation strategies and argued that any climate change response should be co-ordinated across the whole of Government. The response should also give recognition to the role of the private sector, and particularly voluntary initiatives. BUSA continues to work closely with the National Business Initiative and other partners to ensure a coordinated private sector approach to climate change. We will seek to strengthen our efforts in 2010.


The Department of Public Works introduced and subsequently withdrew the Expropriation Bill from Parliament. BUSA's position on the principles of an Expropriation Bill is that: · · · · · The Bill should provide for an expropriation regime that is transparent and fair The Bill must provide clarity on the separation of powers of expropriation authorities. BUSA proposed that the Bill explicitly provide for the removal of adjudicative powers from the expropriation authority in the event of affected parties raising an objection. Clauses relating to the investigation and valuation of land, the decision to expropriate and the expropriation of property should not unnecessarily prejudice the rights of property owners. Expropriation procedures should be supported by checks and balances to minimise opportunities for abuse of power.

BUSA is continuing to monitor progress on this Bill and will engage in the process when clarity on the way forwarded is presented. BUSA's Transformation and Economic Policy Directors are working jointly on this matter.

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cOnsuMer PrOTecTiOn AcT

The Consumer Protection Act was passed into law in April 2009. BUSA's future involvement will focus on the development of regulations to accompany the Act. BUSA will also participate in the National Awareness Campaign.

WAGe suBsiDY

High levels of youth unemployment and young people's lack of access to economic opportunities is of ongoing concern to BUSA. To address youth unemployment, National Treasury has proposed a youth wage subsidy scheme. BUSA believes that while a wage subsidy may encourage entry-level employment, its effectiveness could be diluted by provisions in existing labour legislation, which tend to discourage short term employment. The Wage Subsidy scheme was officially announced in the 2010 Budget Speech and BUSA will make further submissions as appropriate.

TAX issues

A BUSA submission on the Draft Taxation Amendment Bill in June 2009 highlighted three macro issues of concern to Business: the fuel levy, the 2c/kWh levy on electricity, and personal income tax relief. BUSA also presented comprehensive comments on environmental provisions that had raised significant concerns. The submission was well received and BUSA held follow up meetings with National Treasury to resolve issues raised. The BUSA Tax Committee continues to monitor tax policy developments.


In 2009 the DTI tabled the Co-operatives Strategy at NEDLAC. Deliberations at NEDLAC have since concluded and a report has been submitted. The focus in 2010 will be on amendments to the Co-operatives Act.

iP PrOTecTiOn OF inDiGenOus KnOWLeDGe

The Protection of Intellectual Property for Indigenous Knowledge was tabled at NEDLAC in 2009. The BUSA task team submitted input on the Bill. The NEDLAC task team report has been finalised. The Bill was introduced to Parliament in March 2010.

ADMinisTereD Prices

BUSA remains concerned by the impact of administered prices on macroeconomic performance and the competitiveness of the national economy. The focus in 2009 was on NEDLAC deliberations on Administered Prices. The task team considered the Fund for Research into Industrial Development, Growth and Equity (FRIDGE) on the impact of administered prices in the rail, ports and water sectors. A report by the task team has been finalised. Work on administered prices is expected to continue in 2010 with a concentration on the framework governing administered prices.

reGuLATOrY iMPAcT AssessMenT

BUSA submitted a proposed framework to NEDLAC on constituency involvement in the RIA process. Business continues to call for the Regulatory Impact Assessment Mechanism to include current impediments to faster growth, job creation and new enterprises. Progress in this area will be monitored.

AFricA ADr

BUSA plays an important role in facilitating investment into Africa. However, Africa's share of foreign direct investment remains fairly low. Bilateral and multilateral investment treaties have been used as a tool to provide certainty and security to foreign investors. These agreements have however failed to meet their objective as member nations have on occasion "set

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aside" their treaty obligations. To address these concerns, BUSA partnered with the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa and the Nepad Business Foundation to establish the Africa Alternative Dispute Resolution in October 2009. It is a corporate partnership between participating African arbitral institutions, business and the legal profession that aims to facilitate commercial interaction between countries in the region and foreign investors. Africa ADR offers a modern, speedier, cost effective and less abrasive way of resolving commercial disputes across borders.


BUSA submitted comments on the Waste information Regulations, promulgated in terms of the Waste Act, in June 2009. BUSA expressed serious reservations, particularly with regard to the lack of clarity on requirements and the excessive discretion allowed to the Authority. The Regulations consequently require significant review. Work on this issue is expected to continue in 2010.

WATer Licences

BUSA has repeatedly called for a closer working relationship between Business and Government on the Water Licensing Regime. As the issue is of common interest, BUSA developed a starter document to initiate a greater discussion with the Department. The document was informed by input from water user groups, specifically agriculture, mining, manufacturing and forestry. Perspectives were summarised and used to develop a range of possible interventions to improve the current situation. BUSA continues to engage with the relevant government departments. We believe that water security needs prioritisation to ensure that it receives attention.

PuBLic FinAnce & MOneTArY POLicY

Our representatives continued to participate in the NEDLAC Public Finance and Monetary Policy Chamber. The Chamber has the primary responsibility of overseeing fiscal and monetary policy input. The Chamber has also been awarded the responsibility of leading the Social Security & Retirement Fund Reform Process. Other items on the Chamber agenda include Financial Sector Charter issues, savings and the oversight of macroeconomic policy discussions. The Chamber will be strengthened to play a more meaningful role in 2010.

Transformation Policy


In 2009 BUSA developed an overarching plan to ensure that organised business plays a constructive role in facilitating national transformation goals. The plan will guide the Committee's work for the next three years and will be reviewed annually. Work in 2009 focused on resuscitating the Committee through the effective implementation of decisions, and by facilitating greater attendance and engagement at meetings. Positive progress was noted in this respect and meeting attendance has improved significantly.

DTi reLATiOnsHiP

Concrete relationships were built with high level people and structures within the DTI. With the DTI being the custodian of transformation, a strong working relationship with the Department is integral to the functioning of the committee. DTI officials have an open invitation to brief the Committee on relevant matters at all meetings.

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PreFerenTiAL PrOcureMenT POLicY FrAMeWOrK AcT

BUSA compiled a submission on the Draft Regulations on the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA). The submission was endorsed by all members with the exception of the South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors. BUSA's evaluation of the Draft Regulations highlighted a number of irregularities. To resolve these inconsistencies, BUSA called for an amendment to or repeal of the Act. The process is currently at Nedlac where the Preferential Procurement Task Team is considering the alignment of the PPPFA Regulations with the BBBEE Act. National Treasury is in the process of obtaining a mandate on comments submitted at Nedlac. The task team will resume work once the mandate has been received.


The DTI has been approached to consider certifying all black organisations as enterprise development candidates. Certification will encourage companies to fund these organisations and claim BBBEE points as per the scorecard. Strengthening previously disadvantaged organisations is crucial to ensuring that BUSA's work is truly informed by its diverse membership.

BBBee ruLes FOr THe Jse

BUSA is engaging with the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to incorporate BBBEE into the JSE's rules on listing and reporting. This will improve and standardise companies' reporting on BBBEE. To drive this process BUSA engaged with the Institute of Directors and was invited onto the King III Subcommittee on Sustainability. BUSA was subsequently tasked with coordinating the drafting of the Practice Notes on BBBEE, which as part of the King III report will be used by companies as a reference point in their annual reports on sustainability and BBBEE. The Practice Notes are expected to be finalised by the end of June for implementation in the last quarter of 2010.


BUSA commissioned two research surveys during 2009 as part of our programme to promote Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment within South Africa. Survey results were favourably received by members and the media alike. Expediting transformation in corporate SA The demographics of senior management on all 295 companies listed on the JSE was surveyed. The study revealed that blacks and women continue to be grossly under-represented at executive management level. For example, females accounted for only 3% and Blacks 9% of 269 CEO positions surveyed. The survey also showed that 533 directors are expected to retire from JSElisted companies in the next five years, posing a significant opportunity for companies to achieve their transformation goals. BUSA will conduct this study annually to monitor progress. Transformation in the Western Cape A study was conducted on the under-representation of Africans in management positions in the Western Cape. Companies surveyed expressed a genuine interest in credible research that could assist them in addressing their concerns. Due to a limited sample size, the results were not fully representative, but did provide a snapshot of the current transformation situation. The study found evidence of an "ebony ceiling" that limits opportunities for the career advancement for African people. For women, the ebony ceiling effect is compounded by a glass ceiling of gender discrimination. The labour market in South Africa and particularly in the Western Cape remains highly inequitable. The study was commissioned in conjunction with the DFIDfunded Employment Promotion Programme.

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A BUSA youth desk/subcommittee focussing on the empowerment of young people in the South African economy is currently being explored. Youth comprise the largest population group and and represent the future of South Africa. It is vital that this sector be incorporated into the economy. To take this process further, BUSA has met with the National Youth Development Agency and other youth business structures.


Throughout the year, BUSA nominations to various bodies have deliberately ensured the proper representation of women. BUSA also participated in an ILO Conference in Geneva that deliberated the issue of women empowerment and decent work. Working with the ILO, BUSA is conducting a FAMOS Gender Check which will identify improvements in the services we provide to women entrepreneur associations. The ILO is currently finalising the report, which will guide BUSA's future interventions.

BBBee ADVisOrY cOunciL

BUSA is pleased to report that the long awaited BBBEE Advisory Council, chaired by the President of South Africa, has been established and inaugural members appointed. The Council is mandated under the BBBEE Act of 2004. Appointed to the advisory council were BUSA CEO Jerry Vilakazi, BUSA Transformation Policy Committee Chair Mr Sandile Zungu and two leaders of our member organisations - Vice-President of Black Lawyers Association Adv Matshego Ramagaga and President of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa Ms Tsakani Matshazi. We congratulate them on their appointment and commit ourselves to working closely with them. The Transformation Committee will focus on influencing the Council's Terms of Reference and ensuring BUSA representation on Council subcommittees, where we believe the operational work will be concentrated.

"In 2010 BUSA will produce its first annual BBBEE Reference Book to catalogue companies' BBBEE scorecards."

AnnuAL rePOrT On Bee PrOGress

In 2010 BUSA will produce its first annual BBBEE Reference Book to catalogue companies' BBBEE scorecards. Results will be used to recognise the best performers in each element of the scorecard, as well as the overall best performer. It will also encourage the worst performing companies to comply with provisions of the BBBEE Act. BUSA has partnered with a reputable company to produce the book. The inaugural edition is due to be unveiled in October 2010.

inDusTriAL POLicY AcTiOn PLAn

BUSA's submissions on IPAP II included input on BBBEE, which will form a critical element of this significant document.


In 2009 BUSA was invited to participate in the Wits Business School BBBEE Program Technical Working Group as part of Wits' plan to introduce an academic programme on BBBEE at the business school. BUSA served on the South African National Accreditation System Specialist Technical Committee Meeting and also interacts regularly with the Association of BEE Verification Agencies. In 2009, BUSA engaged with the following major reports: · · · · 9th Commission on Employment Equity KPMG 2009 BEE Survey Ernst & Young Mergers and Acquisition Black Advancement Monitor

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The following guest speakers, amoungst others, gave presentations to the Transformation Policy Committee in 2009: · · · The Managing Director of Anglo Zimele discussed best practises with regard to preferential procurement and local content The DTI gave a presentation on equity equivalents for multinationals The State Owned Entities Procurement Forum delivered an informative presentation on its role in promoting BBBEE and local production


Challenges remain in terms of member attendance and a lack of clarity on the status of the secretariat of the Development Chamber. This impacted negatively on the operational efficiency of the Chamber. Mr Connie Motshumi and Dr John Purchase, Convenor and alternate Convenor respectively, both resigned citing time constraints. The process of finding their replacements is currently underway. Current membership as follows: Members Fani Xaba (Convenor) Nicol Bilap-Nsegbe Thami Skenjana Kganki Matabane Nomonde Majikija Alternate members Thandeka Ncube Mpumalanga Myataza Tshidi Mokgabudi Tebello Chabana Avhapfani Tshifularo Funiwe Njobe-Jaiyesimi Matters dealt with by the Chamber in 2009 included: · · · · · · · The Expanded Public Works Program Cooperatives Bank Development Agency Cooperatives Strategy Public Transport National Youth Development Agency Xenophopic Attacks The Human Trafficking Bill

In 2009 BUSA hosted engagements with Ministers Blade Nzimande, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Rob Davies, Barbara Hogan, Ebrahim Patel, Bulelwa Sonjica and Dipuo Peters.

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Chambers & Membership


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"The broad awareness of BUSA in the market and the positive desire of many niche organisations to belong to Business Unity South Africa is vastly encouraging"

This new BUSA portfolio was structured around key objectives. The three pillars of membership were determined to be: The establishment of the Board of Trustees and development of "a critical mass" in the membership of the Board of Trustees A determined emphasis on growing the traditional membership base A renewed effort to ensure that membership fees are received timeously

BOArD OF TrusTees

The first phase of the establishment of the Board of Trustees (BoT) was achieved with the inaugural dinner taking place in Johannesburg on 19 November 2009. Key objectives were set for BUSA to provide enhanced services to this high level group, while simultaneously raising awareness within Business of the need for captains of industry to belong to the BoT. To encourage this process a set of value add cuts were considered which cut across all the BUSA portfolios. Tentative membership feedback indicates that the foreign missions with the State President's office have been particularly popular with the members. Prestigious dinner events with strategic government officials have also been extremely popular as members enjoy the opportunity to interact more candidly with officials concerned. By year end, a dozen BoT members had signed up with BUSA. More events are planned into 2010 as a means of improving BUSA's service offering.

GenerAL MeMBersHiP

BUSA's general membership grew by 17% in the last year despite difficult economic circumstances. By the end of 2009, BUSA comprised over 50 member organisations, which rose to 58 in the first quarter of 2010. The broad awareness of BUSA in the market and the positive desire of many niche organisations to belong to Business Unity South Africa is vastly encouraging, and has been supported by a targeted membership drive during the same period. Membership lists are reflected on pages 26-27.

MeMBersHiP Fees

As with all member-driven organisations, membership fees remain a constraint on BUSA's finances. During 2009, a strategy was formulated to address shortcomings and develop an action plan for 2010 to ensure that BUSA remains sustainable going into the future. Part of this strategy involved bringing forward membership fee payments and striving to bring in 80% of the fees by the end of the first quarter of 2010. We are pleased to report that this has indeed been achieved.


Formalising Terms of Reference for BUSA's Chambers Standing Committee was a paramount concern during 2009. Meetings were held between May and November, which culminated in a facilitated strategy session that set the Agenda for the road ahead into 2010. By the end of 2009, the Terms of Reference had reached a mature stage for adoption in 2010. The formalisation of the Chambers Standing Committee, the election of office bearers, and the plan of action going forward will receive attention during 2010.

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Parliamentary Office


Shortly after the election of the 4th Parliament in 2009, BUSA created its own Parliamentary Office in Cape Town out of what was formerly the Business Parliamentary Office. Mr Coenraad Bezuidenhout and Ms Lee Padayachee were appointed as Business Parliamentary Liaison Officer and Information Manager respectively. They are supported by Ms Dawn Williams who has provided administrative support in the office for nearly two decades. The core objective of the BUSA Parliamentary Office (BPO) is to facilitate engagement between Business and Parliament. In pursuit of this goal, much time was spent in 2009 establishing relationships with newly elected Members of Parliament, the parliamentary press gallery and key officials in the parliamentary service.


With the BPO's assistance, BUSA represented organised Business at all major event on the parliamentary programme, including the President's inaugural State of the Nation address during the Opening of Parliament and Minister Pravin Gordhan's first MidTerm Budget Policy Statement. During 2009, BUSA made submissions to Parliament on: · · · · · · · The Tax Laws Amendment Bills The Protection of Personal Information Bill Regional and International Trade Labour Broking Climate Change The Mid-Term Budget Policy Statement The Green Paper on National Strategic Planning


In 2009, the BPO monitored and reported to members on legislative and policy developments at Parliament. The BPO's flagship electronic publication, Parliamentary Newswatch, was launched in May 2009 and provided updates on new legislation, forthcoming public hearings, committee deliberations, and the status of all Bills in Parliament. Twenty-two issues of Parliamentary Newswatch were distributed in 2009 and feedback from members was extremely positive In 2010 the BPO intends expanding its information service with the launch of an interactive website.


Significant progress was made in 2009 to ensure the full integration of the BPO with the BUSA national office in Johannesburg. A financial protocol for incorporating the BPO into BUSA was developed in 2009. The terms of reference for a BPO Committee were also finalised for implementation in 2010.

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Our People

executive Team

Mr Jerry Vilakazi Chief Executive Officer [email protected]

Prof Raymond Parsons Deputy CEO [email protected]

Professional staff

Ms Vikashnee Harbhajan Executive Director Social Policy Portfolio [email protected]

Ms Judy Davies Chief Administration Officer [email protected]

Ms Catherine Grant Executive Director Trade Policy Portfolio [email protected]

Mr Coenraad Bezuidenhout Parliamentary Liaison Officer BUSA Parliamentary Office [email protected]

Ms Simi Siwisa Executive Director Economic Policy Portfolio [email protected]

Ms Lee Padayachee Information Services Manager BUSA Parliamentary Office [email protected]

Mr Kganki Matabane Executive Director Transformation Policy & Internal Operations [email protected]

Mr Costa Pierides Executive Chambers & Membership Portfolio [email protected]

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national OFFice

Parliamentary Office

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BusA Members

Agricultural Business Chamber (ABC) African Minerals and Energy Forum (AMEF) Agri SA AHI Association of Accredited Chambers of Commerce and Industry (AACCI) Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA) Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) Automotive Sector · Automobile Manufacturers Employers' Organisation (AMEO) · National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) · Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) Banking Association Black Business Executive Circle (BBEC) Black Conveyances Association (BCA) Black Information Technology Forum (BITF) Black Lawyers Association (BLA) Black Management Forum (BMF) Business Coalition of South Africa (BCSA) Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) Business Women's Association (BWA) Casino Association of South Africa (CASA) Consultants Engineering South Africa (CESA) Chamber of Mines of South Africa (COM) Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector (CAPES) Congress of Business and Economics (CBE) Construction Sector · Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) · National Federation of Building Industries (NAFBI) · South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC) Consumer Goods Council Foundation for African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (FABCOS) Financial Intermediatories Association (FIA) Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI) Information Technology Association (ITA) Metal Recycles Association of South Africa (MRA) National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and industry (NAFCOC) National African Farmers Union of South Africa (NAFU) National Black Business Caucus (NBBC) National Industrial Chamber (NIC) Retailers' Association (RA) Road Freight Employers Association (RFEA) Security Industry Alliance (SIA) South African Coalition of HIV / Aids (SABCOHA) South African Business Operations Association (SABOA) South African Agricultural Processors Association (SAAPA) South African Black Technical and Allied Careers Organisation (SABTACO) South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) South African Insurance Association (SAIA) South African Leisure, Tourism and Hospitality Association (SALTHA) South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (SEIFSA) United Business Women of South Africa (UBSA)

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Board of Trustees


Ms Venete Klein Mr Joe Strydom


Mr Chris Pienaar

Media 24 Netcare

Mr Francois Groepe Mr Richard Friedland

Aspen Pharmacare

Mr Stavros Nicolaou

BP South Africa Clicks Group Deloitte

Mr Rams Ramashia Mr David Kneale Mr Grant Gelink

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Mr Stanley Subramoney Mr Thabani Jali

Shell South Africa

Mr Bonang Mohale

Sumocoal Transman Vodacom

Edward Nathan Sonnenberg

Mr Pieter Faber

Mr Abubekir Saim Ms Angela Dick Mr Pieter Uys

Group Five

Mr Mike Upton

contact details

National Office

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Parliamentary Office

9 Church Square, First Floor Graaffs Trust Building Cape Town, 8001 P O Box 3867, Cape Town, 8000 Tel: +27 (0)21 465 1633 | Fax: +27 (0)21 461 5470

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