Caught out for misrepresenting its BBBEE status, Vicky Adey Consulting CC has agreed to immediately withdraw from each panel of contractors/service providers of any organ of state or public entity.
These contractors/service providers included the Independent Development Trust, Coega Development Corporation and Department of Education Gauteng Province.
In addition, Vicky Adey Consulting CC said it was voluntarily surrendering to the Construction Industry Development Board its CIDB grading for cancellation.
Vicky Adey Consulting CC is a close corporation registered in South Africa.
The members are Olufunsho Adebayo Ademoye, a Nigerian born African male, and Phumudzo Nancy Muthelo, a South African born African female.
They have 40% and 60% members’ interest respectively.
The investigation into the affairs of Vicky Adey Consulting CC was prompted by a video that circulated widely on social media in South Africa.
In the video Olufunsho Adebayo Ademoye tells the Nigeria Morning TV show that BBBEE had benefited him – a foreign national – because he was married to a South African woman.
The probe by the BBBEE Commission found that the Nigerian businessman did not qualify for the benefits he had claimed.
The investigation revealed that Vicky Adey Consulting CC and its members Olufunsho Adebayo Ademoye and Phumudzo Nancy Muthelo misrepresented their BBBEE status of the business.
Because Olufunsho Adebayo Ademoye does not qualify for any benefit under the BBBEE Act, It was therefore false to claim that Vicky Adey Consulting CC was 100% black owned, said the BBBEE Commission.
“This was particularly of concern as Mr Olufunsho Adebayo Ademoye does not qualify for any benefits under the BBBEE Act as he does not meet the definition of ‘black people’ under the BBBEE Act as a Nigerian born African male,” said the BBBEE Commission.
This means that any benefits Olufunsho Adebayo Ademoye claimed to have received were based on false or misrepresented BBBEE credentials.
Using these BBBEE credentials, Vicky Adey Consulting CC was able to secure opportunities on the panel of contractors/service providers in the Gauteng Provincial Department of Education.
Vicky Adey Consulting CC was also able to secure opportunities on the panel of Coega Development Corporation, and the Independent Development Trust.
In addition the company enjoyed the CIDB grading using the said misrepresented BBBEE status.
“It was confirmed, however, that the corporation had not been awarded any contracts/work yet from these panels,” said the BBBEE Commission.
Head of investigations and enforcement at the BBBEE Commission, Moipone Kgaboesele, warned against including foreign nationals as beneficiaries of any black empowerment element.
The law is clear as to who should benefit.
Section 1 of the BBBEE Act limits benefits to black people, which includes Africans, Coloureds and Indians that are South African citizens by birth or descent, or by naturalisation prior to 27 April 1994.
Vicky Adey Consulting CC and its members Olufunsho Adebayo Ademoye and Phumudzo Nancy Muthelo cooperated with the investigation.
The erring pair – Olufunsho Adebayo Ademoye and Phumudzo Nancy Muthelo – apologised for their conduct and implemented the remedial recommendations that included withdrawing their business from positions it gained using falsified BBBEE status.
“The corporation can continue to do business but with the correct BBBEE credentials,” said Kgaboesele.