The Black Business Supplier Development Program (BBSDP) is a cost-sharing grant offered to black-owned small enterprises in South Africa, to assist them in improving their competitiveness and sustainability, in order to become part of the formal economy and create employment. The BBSDP is a 80:20 cost-sharing grant, whereby the DTI (Durban Trade and Industry) contributes 80% of the cost of a project, and the approved applicant contributes 20%. On the basis of machinery and equipment, the DTI and the applicant share a 50:50 cost. The scheme provides companies with access to business development services which assist them to grow their core competencies, upgrade managerial capabilities and restructure their processes to become more competitive.
Black Business Supplier Development Program (BBSDP)
THE PROGRAMME PROVIDES GRANTS TO A MAXIMUM OF R1 MILLION:
- R800 000 for tools, machinery and equipment on a 50:50 cost-sharing basis; and
- R200 000 for business development and training interventions per eligible enterprise to improve their corporate governance, management, marketing, productivity and use of modern technology on a 80:20 cost-sharing basis.
Objectives of the Black Business Supplier Development Program:
- To fast track existing Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) that exhibit good potential for growth into the mainstream economy
- To grow black-owned enterprises by fostering linkages between black SMMEs and the corporate and public sector enterprises.
- To complement current affirmative procurement and outsourcing initiatives of corporate and public sector enterprises
- To enhance the capacity of grant recipient enterprises to successfully compete for corporate and public sector tenders and outsourcing opportunities
To qualify for the Black Business Supplier Development Program, a company must:
- Be at least 51% black-owned and have a significant representation of black managers (black majority share-holding).
- Have a R250 000 to R35 million turnover per year
- Have a minimum trading and operation history of one year, at the sole discretion of DSBD, an enterprise that has been operational/registered for less than a year may be considered for this incentive, provided that the enterprise can supply sufficient evidence to service a tender/contract.
- Comply with all the relevant regulations. Eg. They must be registered with CIPRO and SARS.
- 50% management positions held by black people (historically disadvantaged individuals)
- Enterprises formally registered for VAT
- Eligible to obtain funding to a maximum of R1 million
The BBSDP Guidelines are approved and issued by the Minister of Small Business Development for purposes of ensuring clarity on the aims and requirements of the incentive programme.