The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA), through the UTA, has sought the services of an external service provider for BEE measurement and verification for select Comprehensive Assistance Support Programme (CASP) funding applicants. This data will enable the WCDoA to have a very good sense of how much “real” empowerment has taken place in these different projects that have previously been supported, or may be applying for support. The service provider will apply the stipulations of the new AgriBEE Sector Charter and the new generic Codes of Good Practice when performing this measurement.
The relevance and importance of this project stems from an imperative to address the legacy of Apartheid, where there was a racially motivated and deliberate action of apportioning economic opportunities to South Africans, which led to disparities in the socio-economic development according to race. The South African government post 1994 had to introduce direct intervention in the distribution of assets and opportunities, which was deemed inevitable and the central pillar of this intervention became Black Economic Empowerment (Robinson et al., 2007).