PROPOSED changes to how businesses claim black economic empowerment (BEE) points could see some charities close their doors, according to those in the Bay non-profit sector.
The revision says only companies that donate to organisations with 100% black beneficiaries will qualify for full points on the socio-economic development element of the code.
The proposed amendments to the BEE Codes of Good Practice are on the Trade and Industry Department's website and up for public comment until December 2. Current legislation allows for maximum BEE points to be claimed if more than 75% of the charities' beneficiaries are black.
Autism Eastern Cape field worker Sandra Dunstan said it was unfortunate that charities that supported children with various challenges could be affected by the proposed legislation. "Our charity was established to support people with autism, irrespective of race."
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