South Africa: Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission to Host Annual Conference on Improving State Procurement for Real Economic Empowerment

State procurement will come under the spotlight at the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission’s annual conference that will take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on Thursday, 15 March 2018.

The theme of the conference, Improving State Procurement for Real Empowerment, aimed at finding effective ways in which the state can make B-BBEE a reality for black South Africans and to achieve the objectives of the B-BBEE Act.

According to the Commissioner of the B-BBEE Commission, Ms Zodwa Ntuli, the conference will focus on state procurement, grants, incentives, licensing and concessions as means to achieve real economic transformation and provide black people with access to opportunities.

“B-BBEE can be utilised to bring about economic transformation and access to opportunities and markets by black people through procurement, grants, incentives, licensing and other concessions, and processes within the state must align fully with this purpose. We hope to have accounting officers, procurement officers and chief operating officers from all spheres of government, state-owned entities and the private sector to exchange views on what is expected of them in practice,” says Ntuli.

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Gratitude Magwanishe, who inspired the theme for this year’s conference emphasised the need to accelerate Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment, especially for the most marginalised groups such as black women, workers and young people in light of opportunities that the B-BBEE Act presents but not fully realised by government through procurement, licences, concessions, etc.

“Every organ of state and public entity must use procurement, incentives and grants more effectively to drive economic empowerment to support more black entrepreneurs and enterprises that can also deliver the job opportunities required by our economy. Thus every entrepreneur, small and big enterprises, women and youth owned businesses, can benefit immensely from this conference, and network with members of the public and corporate sectors,” says Magwanishe.

It is expected that the conference will provide guidance on the requirements of the B-BBEE Act, development of internal procedures to support compliance, reporting requirements, ways to identify noncompliance and fronting practices, as well as alignment between procurement and B-BBEE requirements.

The B-BBEE Commission is established in terms of Section 13B of the amended B-BBEE Act No 46 of 2013. The Commission’s mandate, amongst others, is to supervise and encourage adherence to the B-BBEE Act in the interest of the public, to promote good governance and accountability by creating an effective and efficient environment for the promotion and implementation of the objectives of broad-based black economic empowerment.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.

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We invite your participation in the 5th Annual Commonwealth Africa Summit holding in London from the 12th – 15th March 2018 in London under the theme: Common Good

More than 300 global and African thought leaders, eminent and emerging leaders from Africa and other parts of the Commonwealth, and friends of Africa will converge at the 5th Annual Commonwealth Africa Summit ( on March 12th – 15th 2018 in London, United Kingdom. The event will spark new thinking on how to achieve Shared Prosperity and Common Good for Africans and how Africa’s growing youth population can transform the continent.

Under the theme: Common Good, the summit conversations seeks to promote the benefits and interests of all through improved collective action for the common good of humanity within and outside the commonwealth. The event, annually hosted as part of activities to celebrate the Commonwealth Week in London.

CAS 2018 Keynote Speaker includes H.E John D Mahama (Former President of Ghana), Amina J Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary General rep), Chief Mrs Folorunso Alakija (Vice Chair – Famfa Oil and Africa’s richest woman), Ashish Thakkar (founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation, and a co-founder of Atlas Mara), Dr. Hassan Ahmed Hilal (Minister of Environment, Sudan) and others to be announced soon.

The Commonwealth Africa Summit provides an opportunity not just to contribute to reimagining what the continent might be, but an opportunity to network, strategize and mobilise valuable resources so as to bring the Africa Dream to fruition. Vukuzenzele! Let’s Get Up and Do It! says Lord Paul Boateng of Akyem and Wembley, Chairman Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund.

The 2018 summit will also feature as panellist a wide array of senior Cabinet Ministers and Chief Executives of corporations from Africa and across the Commonwealth including Henry Sands (SABI Strategy Group), Isha Johansen (President of Sierra Leone Football Association), Muriel Maupoint (CEO Hope for Children), Sally Anne Wilson (CEO Public Media Alliance), Dr. Justina Mutale (Advisory Board Member – World Leaders Forum), Tim Loughton MP, John Penrose MP (UK Prime Minister’s Anti-Corruption Champion), Mark Stoleson (Chief Executive Officer and Partner at Legatum), Martin Realey (CEO Build Africa), Debbie Ariyo (CEO AFRUCA), Tim Wainwright (CEO Water Aid), Paul Smith Lomas MBE (CEO of Practical Action), Dr. Babatope Agbeyo (CEO Cornfield Group and Botosoft Inc), Parminder Vir OBE (CEO Tony Elumelu Foundation), Lord Alan Watson of Richmond (Former Chair of Coca Cola Europe Advisory Board), Dayo Israel (Director of Africa Operations at the Commonwealth Africa Initiative) and many others.

Past speakers at the CAS Summit have included HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Rt Hon Baleka Mbete (Speaker of the Parliament of South Africa), Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Baroness Lynda Chalker of Wallasey and many others.

“Africa must leverage on its relationship with other parts of the world to enrich and develop her countries. Constituting the highest bloc of the commonwealth member countries undoubtedly provides a strategic advantage with a huge development potential that must be fully explored”, says Chad Blackman, the Co-Chair of the 2018 Summit steering committee. The numbers associated with the Commonwealth are staggering. More than two billion of the world’s seven billion people live within the commonwealth. With many of its member states still developing or yet to develop appreciably, the potential for the future is obvious if the trade and collaboration within the commonwealth is increased and this will be at the forefront of conversations in London”.

The Day 2 of the 2018 CAS Summit on March 14th will feature the CAFI Forum on Africa’s Political Future. “Over 100 key players in the African youth development sector will meet on the side-lines of the Summit to deliberate on reshaping the agenda for youth participation in political leadership on the continent” says Atieno Opondo a senior member of the steering Committee. “The Forum with the theme: Opening the space, taking the place is hosted as part of a series of conscious efforts and action plans to fulfil the aspirations of the Agenda 2063.

The Summit will also feature a Gala and Award Dinner to celebrate the contributions of Eminent and Emerging leaders to Africa’s growth story; as well as One to One Business meetings between investors and Entrepreneurs.

Journalists are invited to cover the Summit. Media inquiries should be directed to:

The event is organised by the Commonwealth Africa Initiative (CAFI) in association with Oxford Business Group, GLEEHD Foundation, APO Group, IC Publications (African Review), Botosoft Cornfield Group, Ben TV, Phoenix Media Group, Ghana Society, Amayew Debrah and other partners. CAFI promotes the socio-economic interest of Africa in the Commonwealth.

To register for the event, visit or for more information about CAFI’s global chain of events, visit

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GROHE Design wins a record number of awards across the globe

  • More than 60 Design Awards in 2017
  • Twelve design awards have been received so far in 2018
  • Among the awards: five Red Dot Design Awards (Europe), three Good Design Awards (Japan) and the International Design Excellence Award (USA)

GROHE ( received 62 design awards last year – more than ever before in the history of the world’s leading manufacturer of sanitary fittings. GROHE is on pace for another record year in 2018 having won twelve awards so far, five of which were for the innovative water security system GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard.

GROHE Blue Home received the most design awards at GROHE in 2017

With eleven awards in 2017, the new GROHE Blue Home tap water system was the most successful. Most importantly, all new GROHE product innovations continue to receive a record number of accolades: GROHE Blue Home, the Sensia Arena shower toilet, the SmartControl Concealed shower system, the minimalist Lineare bathroom faucet, the delicately designed Essence kitchen faucet and the smart GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard water security system. In total, GROHE has successfully participated in 17 international design competitions during 2017.

A Proof of the Market Leading Position Within the Sanitary Industry

As part of the international Red Dot Design Competition (, GROHE received five of the prestigious awards last year, including GROHE Blue Home and Sensia Arena, among others. The competition is organised by the Design-Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. in Germany and honours the best products of the year. Designers and manufacturers from all over the world submit their products. A jury of 40 experts assesses the submissions on the basis of criteria such as degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, longevity and ecological compatibility. GROHE also received five awards at the IF Design Awards ( GROHE received awards among others for GROHE Blue Home, Smart Control and GROHE Sensia Arena.

Iconic Awards 2017: Nine Awards for GROHE

At the international architecture and design competition Iconic Award (, GROHE was also extremely successful: At the ceremony in Munich, GROHE received a total of nine of the coveted awards. GROHE Blue Home, Concetto Professional and the Euphoria 260 head shower received the “Best of Best” Iconic Award in the “Product” category. The publication series “GROHE Architekturlösungen”, a supplement of the German construction periodical “Deutsche BauZeitschrift” (DBZ), and GROHE’s impressive booth at the 2017 ISH in Frankfurt am Main, the world’s leading trade fair for bathroom, building, energy, and air climate technology as well as renewable energy, were also awarded. Additional prizes went to Linear, Essence Professional, Smart Control Concealed and Sense and Sense Guard.

GROHE’s Water Safety System Impresses with its Innovation, Technology and Aesthetics

With the intelligent water security system, GROHE also won over the jury of the German Design Awards ( last year. Sense and Sense Guard received two awards in the “Building and Elements” category. Above all, the combination of innovative technical features and aesthetic design impressed the jurors. The official award ceremony took place on February 9th in Frankfurt am Main.

Great Success in Asia and the US

In the US, GROHE received the prestigious International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) ( for GROHE Blue Home. And eight times, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design presented GROHE its Good Design ( award in the bathroom, kitchen and building materials categories. In Hong Kong, GROHE was able to score at the Design for Asia ( awards with its Lineare bathroom faucets and Concetto Professional kitchen faucet. Both products as well as Sense and Sense Guard also won over the jury of the Good Design Awards, which is awarded by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.

Overall Customer Experience Comes to the Fore

GROHE values the empathetic, aesthetic and high-quality design of its products. Under the direction of Michael Seum, Vice President Design at GROHE, a team of 20 international designers develop all ideas in-house. GROHE attaches great importance to the fact that design is a strategic driver of the creative and entrepreneurial spirit in the company. The high standard is not limited to the products but extends to all areas of the customer experience – whether on the packaging, user interaction or retail and showroom environments.

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GROHE ( is the world’s leading provider of sanitary fittings and has a total of over 6,000 employees, 2,400 of which are based in Germany. GROHE has been part of the LIXIL Group Corpo-ration since 2014. As an international brand, GROHE pursues the brand values of technology, quality, de-sign and sustainability, seeking to offer the “Pure joy of water”. GROHE has been developing new product categories since its inception. This includes the GROHE Blue and Red water systems and the recently-introduced GROHE Sense water security system, which is an innovative component in the growth market of smart home technology. Innovation, design and development are closely aligned with one another and are enshrined in the German site as an integrated process. As a result, GROHE products carry the seal of quality “Made in Germany”. In the last ten years alone, GROHE has received over 300 design and innovation awards as well as several top rankings as one of “Germany’s most sustainable large brands”, confirming the success of the brand. GROHE was the first in its industry to win the German government’s CSR prize and was also featured in the renowned Fortune® magazine’s ranking of Top 50 that are “Changing the World”.

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LIXIL ( is a global leader in the housing and building industry. Our unique portfolio spans everything from technologies that revolutionize how we interact with water in our daily lives, to a full lineup of products and services for houses and major architectural projects. Delivering core strengths in wa-ter, kitchen, housing, and building technologies, our brands including LIXIL, INAX, GROHE, American Standard, and Permasteelisa are leaders in the industries and regions in which they operate. LIXIL operates in more than 150 countries and employs more than 70,000 people, bringing together function, quality, and design to make people’s lives better and more delightful – wherever they are. Learn more at, and

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Siemens remains committed to Sudan

  • Energy identified as a catalyst for growth
  • Local skills development identified as key priority

Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG ( Ms. Janina Kugel, together with regional and pan African executive management visited Sudan. Kugel held a strategic partnership discussion with the Sudanese Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih Khairi where the global leader in the fields of Electrification, Automation and Digitalization had expressed interest in supporting further energy infrastructure and skills development initiatives.

“The focus on infrastructure investments and partnerships between public and private sectors remain a key priority for us to realize the ambitions we have for the country. Together with Sudan we have strategically identified electrification as a catalyst to stimulate socio-economic growth. Electricity will grow existing industries as well as create new ones. It also enables the advancement of social investments into priorities such as healthcare,” said Kugel.

Siemens also signed an Operation and Maintenance (O&M) contract with the Sudanese Thermal Power Generating Company (STPGC) which covers aspects and activities necessary for the running of the Garri Power Station in the North of the Khartoum, and the Port Sudan on the country’s Red Sea coast.

Sabine Dall’Omo, Chief Executive of Siemens Southern & Eastern Africa said: “The O&M agreement will indeed minimize the operational risks and maximize plant availability. As the original manufacturer of the turbines, we are best positioned to partner with STPGC. This agreement is also tangible evidence of our mutual long term relationship with the country.” On a full time basis, the O&M contract offers the full benefits that digitalization brings to the energy sector, such as remote monitoring and preventative maintenance.

Since the signing of the memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the areas of power supply, industry, transportation and healthcare during WEF Africa, Siemens has established a local company in Sudan.

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