TEMA Telecom will however, continue to comply with the necessary requirements as per what has been requested on the draft form to date, and will amend these accordingly as they are changed and amended from time to time.
In addition, it must be noted that as part of the BEE Act, the Department of Trade and Industry will in due course appoint rating agencies that will be responsible for assessing, monitoring and ensuring that companies are compliant in terms of the Act. To date, no criteria have been forwarded and no selections or appointments have been made. A final but critical point to bear in mind is that the Code, the Act and the Scorecard need to harmonise with each other and no conflict may exist with their integration.
Tema Telecoms’ structure was created with the goal in mind of placing exercisable voting rights in the hands of black people, a grouping sorely under-represented in the ICT market. In addition, Tema Telecoms’ objective is to develop skills in black employees and agents, such that they will in turn be able to train and develop the skills of other PDIs in their communities.
Furthermore, our procurement strategy will comply with the BEE Charter by targeting Black-Owned enterprises. Our Social Responsibility initiative is also aimed at investing in sustainable projects identified and chosen by members of the Tema Telecoms BEE Trust. This initiative is directed towards increasing community access to ICT skills in South Africa’s rural areas.
We are committed to developing Black-Owned SMMES, as well as increasing the volume of work given to the poor and lower-income groups in South Africa. This strategy was put in place to redress the Apartheid-era marginalisation of PDIs from economic, social and political power. By bringing skills to disadvantaged communities and individuals, Tema Telecoms aims to help stimulate the economy through labour-intensive initiatives that create job opportunities and self-empowerment.
In order to achieve its goals, Tema Telecoms builds and promotes skills transfer programmes to make PDI-owned ICT enterprises more sustainable. By using local resources and promoting workplace reforms, Tema Telecoms hopes to bring about suitable employment opportunities that will develop niche skills for the local telecoms market.
Our key objectives in investing in such training programmes are:
- To make its agents and technicians proficient in fault-finding and maintenance of high-tech telecoms systems.
- To minimise the dependence of agents and end-users on supplier support.
- To develop in-house trainers who will develop skills in their local communities.
- To incorporate computers and information technology (IT) as an everyday part of their agents’ jobs.
- To develop multiple skills in individuals, thereby empowering them on a personal level.
Tema Telecoms provides agent management support by assisting its agents in the following ways:
- Tema Telecoms provides training and skills development.
- Tema Telecoms provides technical support, as well as marketing support to help sustain its agents’ businesses.
- Tema Telecoms provides management support and administrative support for its agents.
- Through our BEE Empowerment Trust, we will set up social development programmes to ensure long-term initiatives that will train and empower lower-income PDIs.