Enterprise Development


The Chamber, through its Enterprise Development Initiatives, presents a platform for small and large businesses to synergise their needs and collectively address their common challenge, which is how to best facilitate economic activity amongst themselves. In other words, we facilitate bringing together large enterprises seeking to integrate B-BBEE qualified small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into their supply chain while meeting their quality, delivery and cost-competitiveness requirements.

We offer structured Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Programmes for the benefit of both small and large businesses through skills development, mentorship, industry exposure and access to markets. We are annually verified by an independent verification agent and awarded certificate of Independent Beneficiary Analysis the status which allows us to administer ED contributions from corporate sponsors. These contributions are used to offer structured programmes that develop SMEs into credible businesses. The status further implies that contributions made qualify for immediate B-BBEE credits which improves the contributing entity’s score card.

BEE Codes

When the Government gazetted the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice at the beginning of 2007, it made the implementation of black economic empowerment a legal requirement. Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) is the cornerstone of the South African Government’s efforts to empower the large component of the population that was disadvantaged under the previous regime. It aims to accelerate the participation of black people in the economy by encouraging change in the following key areas of business: ownership, management and control, employment equity, skills development, preferential procurement, supplier, enterprise development and socio-economic development.

With the gazetting of the amended Broad-Based BEE Codes of Good Practice in October 2013, companies are obligated to support Black-owned enterprises with a view to ensuring operational and financial sustainability. The key emphasis is ensuring that these Black-Owned enterprises are given the opportunity to enter (and grow into) corporate South Africa’s supply chain for at least a 3 year period in order to attain sustainability and avert business failure.

The amended Codes of Good Practice now stipulate four elements (reduced from seven) on how companies are measured on their B-BBEE compliance, including:
a) Ownership
b) Management Control & Skills Development
c) Enterprise & Supplier Development (ESD)
d) Socio-Economic Development (SED)

As a result, many companies are experiencing a reduction of their empowerment rating, as the revision places an emphasis on three priority elements: ownership, skills development, ED and SD. Companies must achieve compliance of at least 40% of these priority elements.

How is B-BBEE Compliance expressed and how is it measured?

1100 or Above135%
375 – 84.99
4 65 – 74.99
555 – 64.99
645 – 54.99
740 – 44.99
830 – 39.99
Non Compliant<300%

*Level 4 is regarded fully compliant


The new codes group Enterprise Development, Supplier Development and Procurement into one section referred to as ESD (Enterprise and Supplier Development), amounting to 40 points out of a
total 104.
As this is a priority element, a minimum of 40% must be achieved on each line of the ESD scorecard. Failure to achieve the 40%, according to the gazetted amendments, will resultin the reduction of overall compliance by one level...Read More


The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry through its Enterprise Development Initiatives aims to support and transform small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME’s) in the Durban area into sustainable businesses that are ready to do business with large entities...Read More


Our flagship ESD initiative is the Transnet Pipelines / Durban Chamber ESD Programme which is our largest to date. This is a three year programme to develop and support fifty Black SMMEs in Construction, Engineering, Waste Management, Health & Safety and Professional Services. This is a comprehensive and a targeted programme to develop these SMMEs into credible suppliers...Read More


The final element of the BBBEE scorecard is socio-economic development – used to be referred to as corporate social investment, with 5 points scoring. Generally this includes a company’s donations to charity, or involvement in industry-specific charity based. The Chamber has a number of NPOs involved in a range of activities that are registered with the Durban Chamber. A directory of these NPOs will be compiled during the course of the year profiling them per area of interest to allow corporates to invest in them.

When it comes to SED, the Chamber will ensure that funds received are channelled through appropriately and used to implement worthy socio-economic development through our member NPOs.