Bidvest has confirmed to the FF Plus that the SAA had pressurised it to transfer 30% of its subsidiary which cleans aeroplane toilets to a black empowerment partner of the SAA’s choice, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Trade and Industry said.
This was before the FF Plus requested the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission at the end of last year to investigate the issue.
The commission confronted the SAA about it and the issue was thereafter satisfactorily settled, according to a letter from the executive director of the Bidvest Group, Mpumi Madisa, addressed to the FF Plus.
Bidvest was initially requested by the SAA to transfer 30% of its subsidiary, BidAir Services, which already had a 63,42% black ownership and a 24,85% black women’s share, to a black empowerment partner.
Adv. Alberts said he was delighted about the fact that the issue could be resolved amicably.
“The FF Plus will in future continue to monitor B-BBEE to ensure that the state and state-owned enterprises do not bully the business sector to be blacker than legislation prescribes.
“It will cause great damage to the economy and as the only party opposing B-BBEE, but which is in favour of the empowerment of poor people without any regard to skin colour, the FF Plus will continue with its watchdog functions,” Adv. Alberts said.
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