A national central repository for all BEE certificates was identified by the DTI a long time ago, but was not implemented until a recent effort by the B-BBEE Commission from 01 April 2017. From this date, all valid BEE certificates were requested to be uploaded directly by the verification agencies within 30 days of issuance, who have responded positively to make this project a success. The existence of this portal now eliminates fraudulent certificates that are created by “bogus agencies” and allows authentication of certificates to be done automatically. At this stage, the commission’s website indicates that the portal will soon be open to the public, hence making the sourcing of BEE certificates for the procurement element so much easier and reliable.
An exciting extension to this portal is its imminent integration with the governments Central Supplier Database (CSD) as it does with Tax Clearance Certificates, which will eliminate the need for hard copies.
For more information or BBBEE related queries contact Xcelerate Verification Agency on 0861 505 555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.