BVi Consulting Engineers has been re-certified as B-BBEE Level 1 against the new amended Construction Sector Codes of Good Practice.
As a 55% black-owned company, BVi is one of South Africa’s largest black-owned consulting engineering firms. Its shares are 100% owned by South African citizens, with more than 50% owned by professional engineers and technologists.
As a proud Level 1 company, BVi has taken many transformational steps:
BVi has restructured its management with the goal of obtaining a minimum of 50% black representation at management level, making BVi one of the few larger firms that is both black-owned and black-managed.
BVi’s workforce consists of more than 50% black employees. By applying a strict equity policy to the recruitment process, 70% of all new recruits over the last year were black. In time, this will further improve BVi’s equity ratios to reflect a fair representation at all levels.
BVi runs an extensive mentor/ learnership programme to guide young engineers along their career paths. In addition to this, extensive training possibilities exist through the work of the BVi BEE Employee Trust, to fast-track the careers of young black qualified engineers and technicians into management positions.
Supplier development and procurement
BVi has been committed to procuring from BEE compliant companies for many years. The company has assisted a number of smaller firms in acquiring the essential skills needed to operate within the consulting engineering environment.
BVi supports its local communities through social corporate responsibility projects in each of its offices. A prime example is the BVi Visionary Programme in which a student in each region was awarded an R80 000 bursary per annum for his or her particular field of study.
David Leukes, BVi’s managing director, congratulates his team on working consistently on B-BBEE throughout the year, and is confident that BVi is doing its best to fast-track the transformation process.