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Evaluations and Feedback
Feedback from our five Annual BEE Conferences


"We moved from the macro to the micro seamlessly. Enriching! Empowering! Reassuring! Encouraging start and I look forward to next year." Eugene Papo, Citadel

"I want to take this opportunity in congratulating you on a very successful BEE Conference. I believe you always try your utmost to organise a problem free event but even with the hic-ups in the beginning everything worked out great. Your choice in facilitator (Victor) was also splendid because he was awesome. Then I want to thank you on a personal note for your personal assistance to me throughout the event. Please know that every activity and support you have given me is much appreciated. For that I say many ... many thanks. Please extend my sincere thanks to all at EES-SIYAKHA for organising this wonderful event. Kindest Regards." Benji Norman, conference presenter, First Annual BEE Conference

"There is nothing negative to say about the conference. From organizing right through to speakers discussions and information shared, it added value to all delegates. I am sure it empowered all that attended and laid a foundation for effective implementation of BEE in future."  Zaan Strydom, North West University

"New information was delivered, and certain issues were clarified which might otherwise have been rather difficult to understand or implement!" Makama, Joy Mining Machinery

"First conference on BEE to actually hit the mark. The presentations aimed at the correct business levels. Finally, someone has stood up and stated clearly that BEE is not a project but is a vital part of the business operation." Jenni Fleming, Palabora Foundation

"Excellent!" Sankie Morata, BOE Private Clients

"If we change our mindset in terms of how BEE is to work and stop thinking of BEE as part of scoring points, South Africa will be a better, vibrant, hub of economic activity, a place to live." Nonhlanhla Shange, Bulk Connections

"Very informative, information shared was relevant and applicable. Overall the conference was very good, helpful and I will definitely recommend colleagues to attend." Lucky Maduna, EDI Holdings

"Understanding the purpose, spirit and bigger picture of BEE – for me it was definitely a change in mindset. Understanding how the elements of the scorecard link together so synergistically and support each other. A very worthwhile two days!! I look forward to the 3rd Annual BEE Conference!"
Tracy Berry, Imana Foods

"Excellent planning and presentations. Relevant topics addressed. Good choice of specialist in different areas. Very good organisation, the venue and facilities were very good – comfortable." handi Ngwenya, Joy Mining

"Very motivational - now keen to get going. Informative and helpful. Gives a better understanding of how to benefit from BEE and how to make a difference. That it is not only to gain BEE points." Sharon Stein, Caterpillar

"Everything was positive for me especially the variety of the presenters, involving the audience. Ideas exchanged in the workshop were extremely useful." Loshni Govender, Bidfreight Port Operations

"Diversity is not only about race. Policy vs Strategy clearly explained, scenarios well used. Task connectivity." Julius Tsomo, Sedibeng District Municipality

"As with the first conference, excellent speakers, content, venue and overall organisation. See you next year for the 3rd time." Zaan Strydom, Northwest University

"The best part of the conference was the presentation given by each speaker, the networking aspect of the conference, meeting new people, discussions and debates with role players and exchange of business cards/opportunities." Ramona Koorbanally, Chemettals SA (Pty) Ltd

"The presentations backed up by case studies are very useful. This conference was well structured to deal separately with the different streams. It was well thought out and the speakers were excellent."
Lefa Mallane, Barloworld Equipment

"It was very informative. Got insight into what is happening in SA with BEE. Different views and opinions." Christine Sharfoodeen, Rand Mutual Assurance

"The conference gave me a full overview of BEE." Chantal Naidoo, Bulk Connections

"I valued the receiving of information and background to the history of BEE and the views on BEE and subsequent events. The current situation was well shared and I felt informed." Berenice Timothy, Pricewaterhousecoopers

"The choice of the topics element on the second day was good. The introduction by Andrew Bizzell was very enlightening and gave us an excellent understanding as to the value of BEE in South Africa." Wendy Waters, Caterpillar

"So good having Paul Vermaak on the conference – his passion for what he does is awesome. Wish you could get more speakers who are as genuinely committed and energised as Paul. SA can use more positive people like him!" Boikanyo Mazibuko, Bateman Africa

"Update about latest developments helpful. Best practise case studies interesting – more please if possible. Overall worthwhile attending. Thank you for the initiative!" Juanita Arnold, Clicks

"Day 1 was well presented and interesting and gave clarity into a lot of questions I had." Sivuyile Peter, Waltons Stationary

"Positive were the case studies, to listen to people that are knowledgeable, the networking and ideas. Suggest do critical issues earlier." Ian Mostert, Imperial Bank

"Very informative sessions and excellent speakers. I am happy that the BEE Institute is launched but I do believe that it could have been presented at a higher level to attack more people’s interest. The cost should be in the booklet." Karen Stein, SAS Institute

"I appreciated the opportunity to meet other persons involved in BEE, to discuss company strategy, failures and successes and to learn from those leading in the industry."Joshila Ranchhod, Medscheme

"Discussions were frank and to the point. Has put BEE in a clearer context." Mawonga Mhlantla, ABSA

"Sharing of ideas and scenarios. Excellent speakers and hearing the voices of others." Ruaan Gijben, Empowerdex

"Great learning experience and good to see BEE taking a stand." Nikki Scrimgeour, Adreach

"We experienced shared enlightenment of BBBEE sustainability as apposed to just achieving figures."
Angeline Maeko, Barloworld Equipment

"Content rich." Linda Mpuru, Fluor SA

"The level of experience and expertise of most of the speakers was great. Seeing the successes of organisations but more so, what made them succeed." Lebohang, ABSA

"Learnt a lot. It was very informative and worthwhile." Edna Sathekga, SAB

"Good speakers. Efficient w.r.t. logistics. Very friendly and helpful staff. Very good content; however, programme content should be structured to avoid duplication and repetition. Overall the conference was a great success. The facilitators were very sufficient in inspiring the audience towards consensus on BEE. In future, please include a list of delegates with details." Danielle Nel, National Research Foundation

"Good mix of topics covering BEE. Workshops were very valuable and good opportunity to network." Tania Mulligan, ABSA

"I have learnt a lot from this conference. Hope that I will share the information that I have received from the other people, even the conference organisers. I really thank them a lot. Please send me more information about procurement training or conferences." Maki Hlatshwayo, EDI Holdings

"The migration from narrow based BEE, which purely focuses on and emphasises the ownership and management to a much more sustainable BEE, which was the main objective of BEE, when it was first developed. The paradigm shift does occur or take place in one's perspective on BEE; furthermore understanding the concept helps to a large extent in getting buy-in. Therefore my role will be to educate my superiors on the subject. I was very impressed that the event  organisers were able to draw more delegates for this year's annual event." Lucky Maduna, Electricity Distribution Industry

"Very useful and informative. Speakers and presenters well chosen with good spread." Penny Ngcogo, Engen Petroleum

"Insightful in terms of BEE Strategies. Good networking." Ernest Mambolo, SAB

"Analytical and enlightening." Mark Glauvill, Palabora Foundation

"The content was awesome. I can’t really explain it in words. It was 3 days of time and money well spent. Event well organised, admin ladies very friendly and professional." Odwa Radebe, The Johannesburg Fresh Produce Market

"Very informative. There was a great deal of information that I have to take back to my workplace and loads of work to be done to be fully compliant." B Joseph, TWP Projects

Good learning from the experiences of a wide range of different organisations and realising that our organisation was not alone in struggling with BBBEE/EE". Celeste Appollis, Omnia Group

New insights. Reinforcing positive aspects of the BEE process". Niel du Plessis, Price Waterhouse Coopers

"Good interaction between participants and presenters. Well organised. Flow very good. Excellent choice of speakers (with a couple of exceptions though). Loved the continuous assessment of the presentations and conference provides for more quantitative input." Ally Cassiem, Emerald Casino

"I derived a lot of value from this conference. Very informative, relevant content and very good presenters. Good networking opportunities for future use." Lesego Kobue, Gauteng Gambling Board

"Key note speakers good – Mervyn King and Vincent Maphai. Thoroughly enjoyed the breakaway session. Very informative and related to operational issues. Enjoyed video of case studies. Workshops valuable." Ana O’Donoghue, Barone Budge & Dominick

"Valuable - Case studies of those companies who are on the road to “getting BEE right”. Interaction and workshops fantastic. Critique of whether BEE is achievable in the SA economy is fantastic. I found all aspects of the conference to be beneficial, useful and relevant to my role as the SDF within Barloworld. Thanks for giving me the inspiration to “pioneer forward” with driving sustainable BEE within our business." Verna Christian, Barloworld Equipment

"I gained practical tools that I can actually implement in my company and really started the conversation about sustainable BEE. Most of the speakers were passionate and inspiring." Kimberley Gibbon, Leo Burnett Group

"Interaction with the various elements of business who undertake the BEE function, networking. Very useful slides were included with which we could review the day’s happenings/discussions. Useful to formulate our “business case” argument to business is implementing a successful and sustainable BEE plan." Olande Stols, DHL Supply Chain

"The various presentations were very informative. Good mix of speakers on different topics. DTI had good comments and responses to questions raised and gave clarity where needed".
Zalphinia Mvula, Metropolitan

"The case studies are great! We can learn from each other and therefore transform quicker". Lorraine Bezuidenhout, Anchor Yeast

"Sisa and Hepsy’s presentation were excellent and well prepared. Speakers who came prepared and know they subjects very well, made the conference interesting and value adding. To mention but a few: Hepsy Mkhungo, Sisa Ntshona, Zin Mabaso were interacting with the audience at all the time. Duncan last presentation was excellent and much better than the first one. However, time slot might be challenge as he was at the last day of the conference and right at the end. Ryan was the best host, and an investment to his company."Nowo Mphahlele, ABI

"Participation by attendees was constructive and very positive. It covered all the key best areas where practitioners are finding challenges. Got positive input from case studies by companies that are in the forefront of transformation. Got comprehensive information on the new Act and the impact that would have on the current BEE process, measurement and reporting". Brian Cokoto, Altech Card Solution

"Goodnews Cadogan – what an amazing human being – an excellent, well-presented presentation that I learnt so much from. This should have been the opening presentation of the conference when everyone was together". Chantal Naidoo, Bulk Connections


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