Key Points:

  • CDE hosted a workshop on the 7th September 2006 aimed at stimulating the debate on the relationship between BEE and economic growth.
  • It was attended by participants from business, government and civil society and was structured around four questions about BEE:
  • Black economic empowerment (BEE) is playing an increasing prominent role in South Africa’s economy and society, and is being widely debated by South Africans across the political spectrum.
  • Some believe the BEE misguidedly perpetuate the racial classification of the past; others that its benefits are too narrowly distributed and still others that its target are too modest and its pace is slow.
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