Business: ABVA Calls on SANAS to Comment
Recent Gauteng Business News
ABVA (the Association of BEE Verification Agencies) would like to address the on-going delays in regards to the announcement from SANAS (South African National Accreditation System) of the accreditation of BEE verification agencies. ABVA, as the officially recognized body of the verification industry, is frustrated at these delays, as well as the lack of information forthcoming from SANAS in regards to the status of the process.
The accreditation process has been on-going for over two years, with various delays and changes in the process being implemented by SANAS. A number of verification agencies have been in the initial stages of this process for over a year and are still waiting to hear if their applications for accreditation have been successful. Many verification agencies have suffered due to the lack of progress in this accreditation process and the industry as a whole is also being negatively affected by these on-going delays.
The business community is also frustrated, and ABVA is regularly contacted by businesses trying to confirm which agencies are accredited. ABVA has made numerous attempts to confirm this information from SANAS, but to date, SANAS has not issued any statement on the status of the process, nor any updates as to when the announcement of the first batch of accredited agencies will be made. ABVA is therefore unable to deal with the queries from the business sector, leading to further uncertainty.
Andile Tlhoaele, Chairperson of ABVA explains, “The continual delays in the accreditation of the first verification agencies, combined with the silence from SANAS as to the status of the process, is detrimental to the verification industry as well as generally to the implementation of B-BBEE within the business sector at large. Many companies feel they can avoid implementing the B-BBBE codes since there are no accredited agencies to verify their status. We call upon SANAS to urgently address the constant delays in the announcement of accredited agencies, and to comment on the status of the accreditation process.”
ABVA is committed to the codes of B-BBEE as gazetted by dti and believes that one of the most effective ways to promote their implementation will be to develop the verification industry. It is therefore critical to the economic growth and development of South Africa that the accreditation process is smooth, transparent, and effective.
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