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Black businesses claims of economic cold shoulder in DA-led WC unsubstantiated

Black Management Forum (BMF) say its members claimed at a recent meeting that they are not being given economic opportunities in Cape Town.

Andile Nomlala Provincial Chairperson of Black Management Forum and Cape Town City Counsellor Garreth Bloor join Kieno Kammies to discuss these allegations.

Nomlala says BMF constituents in a recent meeting raised the complaints. At this stage BMF does not have statistics and is not making any accusations, but has a responsibility to members to investigate.

"Luckily the City of Cape Town has a very open door with the BMF."

He says they will look at the employment equity and procurement reports.

Preferential procurement policies are in place, but members claim it is in particular sectors that they are not getting tenders.

The first thing is to ensure that people have a thorough knowledge of the city's supply chain. The onus is on us as the city to continue to go out there and explain in detail the exact processes we follow.

Garreth Bloor, Cape Town City Counsellor

Bloor says the process ensures no corruption occurs in the tender process. There is an open door to the public to attend all tender meetings.

The total amount is 10.7 billion - or 80% of the total purchase orders in the city - that have gone to firms which are compliant with the Broad Based Economic objectives.

Garreth Bloor, Cape Town City Counsellor

Bloor says he believes these stats hold true for the province as well.

Bloor and Nomlala agree the BMF has a very positive engagement with the city.

"If individual members reflect an experience they have had...and not received tenders...it was at no point the BMF officially stating that or making claims that nobody gets business by virtue of being black."

Bloor says they will look into claims that the allocations are sector specific. He says it is a useful observation and that this information will be ready by Monday.

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