Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) is a strategic policy of the South African Government which aims to rectify the legacy of apartheid through increasing meaningful participation in economic activities by black people and creating an all-inclusive South African economy.

ENSafrica’s dedicated B-BBEE team, based in South Africa, specialises in providing expert advice on all aspects of B-BBEE.

Our key differentiators are our deep understanding of the Government’s B-BBEE objectives and initiatives, our collaborative relationship with the Government and key stakeholders, and our track record of having advised on most of the large and high-profile B-BBEE transactions in South Africa.

We are best suited to help you transform your business and reach your B-BBEE goals through solutions which are innovative, commercially sound and aligned to the Government’s B-BBEE objectives.

We are able to assist you across all elements of your B-BBEE measurement, including initiatives to:

  • increase your levels of equity ownership by black people
  • increase the number of black people in management positions in your business
  • improve the skills of your black employees
  • develop small and medium black-owned businesses
  • enhance the procurement of goods and services from black suppliers
  • enhance your corporate social investment for the benefit of black people

Our wide range of clients from the public and private sectors includes large listed companies, multinational corporations, international agencies, state-owned enterprises, government departments and non-governmental organisations.

We have the unique advantage, as part of Africa’s largest law firm, of being able to harness the expertise of more than 600 practitioners throughout the continent. ENSafrica has a significant breadth and depth of experience and specialist expertise that spans all commercial areas of law, tax, forensics and IP.

As such, we regularly partner with specialists across the firm, meaning that we are able to assist with all aspects of all matters across all sectors in all African jurisdictions, ensuring that your legal requirements are handled quickly and seamlessly.

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what we offer

We provide a broad range of B-BBEE advice, including:

  • General B-BBEE advisory
  • Compliance training
  • Employment equity
  • Structuring and implementing B-BBEE ownership transactions
  • Assisting in identifying B-BBEE partners
  • B-BBEE broad-based ownership schemes
  • B-BBEE employee share ownership programmes
  • Equity Equivalent Investment Programmes for multinationals
  • Government procurement
large group with a deep bench of experienced practitioners and an excellent reputation ... comprehensive multi-jurisdictional capabilities
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extensive and in-depth knowledge, pragmatic and wide-ranging skills and interactive and consultative approach
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knowledge of our business, understanding of our needs and requirements, and promptness


Ownership scheme
B-BBEE ownership structure implemented for Sasol Ltd, entailing a public offer, an employee share ownership scheme and a broad-based ownership scheme.
Ownership structure
B-BBEE ownership structure with the South African National Taxi Council implemented for SA Taxi Finance Corporation, entailing the formation of a broad-based B-BBEE structure for the benefit of the South African provincial taxi councils.
Employee share ownership
B-BBEE ownership structure for Discovery, entailing the formation of a broad-based health and educational foundation and a broad-based employee share ownership plan, as well as the issue of shares to a consortium of B-BBEE shareholders comprising strategic groups of women and directors and management of Discovery.
Investment programme
B-BBEE Equity Equivalent Investment Programme for Caterpillar (US).
Equity ownership
B-BBEE Equity Equivalent Investment Programme for HP, followed by its replacement with a B-BBEE equity ownership transaction.
Ownership structure
B-BBEE ownership structure for Absa Group following the sell-down by Barclays plc.
Equity ownership
B-BBEE equity ownership transaction for Adcock Ingram.
Equity ownership
B-BBEE equity ownership transaction for WNS Group (India) in respect of its South African operations.
ZAR8.1-billion sale
ZAR8.1-billion sale by MTN of a 4% stake in MTN to B-BBEE parties, whereby the black public were invited to subscribe for shares in MTN Zakhele Ltd, with advice provided to the co-debt arrangers, co-funders (banks) and MTN.
Restructure and disposal
Restructure of BHP Billiton’s joint venture arrangements with Rio Tinto in respect of Richards Bay Minerals and the disposal of 26% of the restructured business to B-BBEE parties.
seamless collaboration across the various expert practice areas within the firm to deliver an outstanding client experience




African regulatory and business intelligence
banking and finance
Broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE)
corporate commercial
dispute resolution
insolvency, business rescue and debt recovery
intellectual property (IP)
mine and occupational health and safety
private clients
private equity
pro bono and corporate social investment
project development and project finance
real estate / property
shipping, ports and logistics
technology, media and telecommunications