She will from time to time be expected to castigate powerful business interests who will not take her punches lying down. Observers have said that the Job of a BBBEE Commissioner wants a candidate who is brave enough to do a Thuli Madonsela or repeat the Vuyani Ngalwana act.
Zodwa Ntuli, a senior official in the department of trade and industry (DTI), is set to be unveiled as the acting head for the new Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Commission.
The appointment will make Ntuli one of the most powerful civil servants in the country if she gets the required high level political support.
The New Age newspaper reported this morning that Ntuli is a front-runner in the process of appointing the BBBEE Commissioner. Ujuh.co.za has confirmed via two highly placed sources that Ntuli has actually been appointed to the position by the minister of trade and industry, Rob Davies, and the appointment was approved by cabinet in its last meeting.
One source said “There seems to be a strange hold up somewhere. I don’t know where and why. The appointment should have been announced about two weeks ago.”
There has been widespread talk that the position will be given to Nomonde Mesatywa, who served as Chief Director of BBBEE for about six years before moving onto to become a DDG. Sources say there is a chance that Mesatywa may still re-emerge given that Ntuli has been made an acting BBBEE Commissioner.
Ntuli currently serves as the Deputy Director General: Consumer and Corporate Regulation Division (CCRD). The division’s vision and purpose are described as follows: “To lead in consumer and corporate regulation that impacts positively on the South African economy. To develop and carry out coherent, predictable and transparent regulatory solutions that facilitate easy access to redress and efficient regulation for economic citizens, and to promote competitive, fair and efficient markets.
Thus Ntuli’s current job feeds into the functioning of key regulatory agencies including the, Competition Commission, the National Consumer Commission, the National Credit Regulator (NCR), National Liquor Authority and the Estate Agency Affairs Board. The job of the BBBEE Commissioner is almost at the same stature as that of the heads of the latter entities.
Ntuli has served on the boards of the NCR and the National Lotteries Board. Before joining the DTI in 2008 she served as an executive of the South African Airways (SAA). She was employed by the Competition Commission between 1999 and 2006.
As the BBBEE Commissioner, she will have the task of monitoring, policing and enforcing BBBEE regulations. This includes scrutinising BBBEE transactions and ruling as to whether these are worth anything.
She will from time to time be expected to castigate powerful business interests who will not take her punches lying down. Observers have said that the Job of a BBBEE Commissioner wants a candidate who is brave enough to do a Thuli Madonsela or repeat the Vuyani Ngalwana act. While serving as the Pension Funds Adjudicator, Ngalwana who has since moved into private practice shook the industry to the core. Observers say anything less will be a disservice to the objective of economic transformation.
The BBBEE Commissioner reports to the minister of trade and industry but will also relate to the Presidential BBBEE Advisory Council. President Jacob Zuma has appointed a new BBBEE Advisory Council after the old served its five year term and was retired. The council features: the following individuals:
- Dr Rob Davies, the Minister of Trade and Industry.
- Ms Susan Shabangu, the Minister in the Presidency responsible for the Women portfolio.
- Ms Mildred Oliphant, the Minister of Labour.
- Mr Thembelani “Thulas” Nxesi, the Minister of Public Works.
- Ms Zingiswa Losi, the Second Deputy President of the Congress of South African Trade Unions.
- Ms Tantaswa Fubu, the President of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of South Africa.
- Mr Puleng Tsebe, the Deputy Chairperson of Disabled People South Africa.
- Mr Sandile Zungu, the Vice-President of the Black Business Council.
- Mr Clive Manci, member of the Board of Business Unity South Africa.
- Professor Eltie Links, the Chair of Doing Business in Africa at the Stellenbosch Graduate School of Business, University of Stellenbosch.
- Ms Chantyl Mulder, the Senior Executive for Professional Development and Transformation at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
- Mr Lefadi Makibinyane, the Chief Executive Officer of Amatola Water in East London
- Dr Thami Mazwai, Executive Chairman of Mtiya Dynamics, an enterprise development advisory company, and former Head of the University of Johannesburg’s Small Business Development Centre
- Mr Yershen Pillay, Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency.
- Ms Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele, former Minister of Housing and Chairperson of the Central Energy Fund.
- Mr Mike Mlengana, the President of the African Farmers Association of South Africa.
- Ms Zinhle Cele, the Deputy Secretary General of the Progressive Professionals Forum.
- Ms Koko Khumalo, the Deputy President of the Black Management Forum.
- Ms Caroline Magadla, the Treasurer General of the South African National Apex Cooperative (SANACO).