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High performing and secure ICT solutions provider, Datacentrix, has maintained its Level One Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) rating on the new ICT B-BBEE Codes. Datacentrix Chief Financial Officer, Elizabeth Naidoo, says the rating is a team effort across the business.

“Datacentrix has held a Level One rating for three consecutive years,” she clarifies, “and this year, the rating is maintained in terms of the new code levels. Sustaining our empowerment rating is a priority on management’s agenda – it is an integral part of our business culture and strategy, and one of Datacentrix’ fundamental objectives.

“In the current economic climate, as well as in support of the country as a whole, it’s important to truly be part of the transformation process, and not simply to follow a tick-box exercise. We are proud of the way we have aligned our strategy with the B-BBEE codes.”

Naidoo notes that Datacentrix began its transformation journey 21 years ago, nine years before the codes were first introduced. She notes, “The company’s culture has definitely changed with the transformation of the country, and executive management has elevated empowerment to a strategic level in the business.

“Employment equity is fundamental to the company culture, and in this regard, recruitment plays a crucial role in maintaining our empowerment level. Additionally, from a learnership perspective, we have accommodated around 700 learners over the past eight years. Datacentrix operates according to stringent procurement policies that support and encourage the supply from SMMEs and smaller businesses, helping them to grow in context of the greater economic climate.”

Some of the highlights of the maintained rating include:
·        Black ownership of 51.42 percent;
·        Black woman ownership of 47.09 percent; and
·        135 percent procurement recognition.

Naidoo adds: “All Datacentrix’ business managers contribute towards employment equity, keeping this at the forefront of their recruitment processes. Further, human resources manages skills development and corporate social investment across the business, while all of management ensures that procurement is channelled through the right vendors, who add value to our B-BBEE credentials. From our clients’ perspective, it is positive for them to see that we are interested in partnering with companies that have prioritised transformation.”

Naidoo notes that the maintenance of the Level One rating plays an important role in the company’s growth. “We find that some of our customers look quite closely at the different elements of the score card, with management control, procurement and ownership being especially important. From a strategic perspective, it is nearly impossible to grow a business if you are not accredited at the highest level, as clients only want to deal with the most empowered companies,” she concludes.