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Black Business to engage ANC on BEE

The Black Business Council says the BEE system has helped sustain some enterprises in SA.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The Black Business Council (BBC) on Tuesday said it was looking forward to debating black economic empowerment (BEE) with the African National Congress (ANC).

This is after the party's secretary general Gwede Mantashe slammed the current system on Tuesday.

Mantashe said it was wrong that government contracts to provide services and build schools were being used mainly to develop black businesses.

He was stinging in his criticism of the way BEE is implemented.

"Don't undermine this question of people delivering bridges that get eroded with the first rainfall."

But the BBC spokesperson Sandile Zungu said the tender system has helped to develop in South Africa.

"Tender systems have really sustainably developed some enterprises but at the same time they have had some weaknesses."

Zungu said they were ready to have the debate on the matter with the ANC.