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What type of BEE Certificate do you require


Thanks to the New BEE laws, most companies dont require a BEE Certificate anymore. Under previous laws, one had to have a BEE Certificate, that was approved by SANAS, before you had what you needed to Tender, or prepare a good BEE status.
However thanks to changes in the law, any company that has a turnover less then ten million, per annum, does not require to have a BEE Certificate, that comes with SANAS overview, or accountants signature. They require to have a carefully prepared Affidavit, that states the vital info concerning that business


Who is SwiftReg?



SwiftReg is one of the largest companies specialising in 'Company Registration' and related services. They register approximately 5% of all companies in South Africa and provide direct back end services to three of the largest banks in South Africa. They are the most advanced online service in the country and are backed up with a call centre operating Monday-Friday during business hours.

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How does the BEE Certificate Process work



Swiftreg captures all the relative information directly on our site. Your information is permanently stored for ease of access.

Certain questions that need to be answered such as the amount of 'Black' shareholders, as well as female Black shareholders. Black is defined by the BEE Act and refers to everyone who would have been influenced by the Apartheid government, and includes Black, Coloured, Indian and Chinese, although foreign nationals would need to be in this country before 1995, to be recognised under the BEE act.

Your BEE Certificate(Affidavit) is available immediately to be printed out if your payment has been settled.

It expires in exactly twelve months from date of payment to Swiftreg.


What is the difference between BEE and BBBEE



They are the same thing. The term BEE is used as a shortening for BBBEE, its just simpler to say. BBBEE stands for Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment.

SwiftReg provides a service for the 'Exempted Micro Enterprises' (EME) which are companies where the turnover is (in most cases) below 10 million. This threshold changes depending on which sector of industry your company operates. Although the current legislation is confusing, owing to the fact of SANAS requirements of EME, and changes in the BEE Act, SwiftReg has placed together a package which should meet everyones needs, namely we provide a BEE Affidavit.


Who is Black in accordance with the ACT?


A Black person, is defined as all people who may have been disadvantaged under the apartheid govenment, and includes Black, Coloured, Indian or Chinese demographics. However the individual must have been a citizen before 1994.

Example : A Chinese imigrant who has only received citizenship in 2005 would not be considered 'Black' as defined by the act.


What are the difference between the Level 1,2,3,4 BEE Certificate?


The smaller the number the better the level. In the past we had level 3 and level 4. Level 3 is better the level 4. Level 4 is intended by white owned companies, or companies where more then 50% of their shareholding is white. The mark for level 4 is 100%, and level 3 is 110%

Level 3 was the best option if you are majority Black Owned (see definition of Black above). In a nutshell if you have a level 3 certification, your quote might be 10% more costly then your Level 4 competition and you could still win the tender.

A new series of codes were released in October 2013, listing the new codes of Level 1 and 2 for companies who dont appear in specific sectors. This means that a Black Owned company could get a Level 1, which equates to 135% Bee Rating as an EME.

Generally with SwiftReg, if you are 100% Black owned, you will receive a level 1 Bee certificate (BEE Affidavit). In unique cases, certain departments in South Africa might not yet recognise this level (they are outdated departments as this law is now over two years old) and you might be disqualified. In these cases you are welcome to request a level 3 instead.


And what happens if I am white and call myself black when requesting a BEE Certificate?


Manipulating the system is a legal offense. SwiftReg reserves the right not to certify a company who could be manipulating the system so as to gain greater certification. Copies of ID's are required and they are used as basic testing in this regard.


What you need to do a BEE CERTIFICATE (affidavit)


A BEE Affidavit is a service we offer our clients to lay out information in requirement with the current BEE guidelines. You need the details of your company, names and ID numbers of the share holders


When do I need a BEE CERTIFICATE (affidavit)


Business is very connected to the BEE Act, and to the BEE status of a company in South Africa. A company that does not have a BEE Certificate or properly prepared Affidavit if they are less then ten million turnover, will be limited in the work that they can do in South Africa. Frequently when you supply a larger company with goods, they will ask for your BEE Certificate, as this document is used to prepare their BEE status. If you do not have it, they could easily choose not to do business with you

Also if you desire to tender, the government, or govermental agencies for work, they will require your BEE certificate (or Affidavit) so that they will receive your tender.


Does a BEE CERTIFICATE (affidavit) expire?


A BEE Certificate or Affidavit has to expire, as its a statement of situation at a moment in time. If your shareholders are majority black at the time of creating the certificate it is expected to be the same for the remainder of the period. If your situation changes, then you are expected to have a new BEE certificate or Affidavit drawn up, that reflects your new status

Subsequently there must also be an expiry date of one year after the BEE Certificate is drawn up


How do I get a BEE CERTIFICATE when your turnover is greater than 10 million?


A BEE Certificate or Affidavit has to expire, as its a statement of situation at a moment in time. If your shareholders are majority black at the time of creating the certificate it is expected to be the same for the remainder of the period. If your situation changes, then you are expected to have a new BEE certificate or Affidavit drawn up, that reflects your new status

Subsequently there must also be an expiry date of one year after the BEE Certificate is drawn up


What is an EME when getting a BEE CERTIFICATE ?


EME stands for Emerging Micro Enterprise. Its for starter businesses where their total turnover is less than ten million

These are companies who have either just started trading or have a low turnover. The aim of the category was to make it affordable for the smaller company to be able to gain a BEE status when beginning to trade.