eMedia Holdings places critical importance on the role of transformation in South Africa’s business community. The Group envisions a business community that is reflective of the country’s demographic profile with a vision to improve the economy in all sectors. Transformation is monitored and managed within a governance framework which includes the social and ethics committee which operates at an eMedia Investments level as well as employment equity forums that sit at a business unit level.
Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (“B-BBEE”)
The Group recognises the value B-BBEE adds to the business community and South African society at large. Companies continue to score between level 4 and level 2 ratings on the B-BBEE scorecard as prescribed by the Department of Trade and Industry. Through various employment, management and procurement policies these companies all have the same goal, which is to encourage transformation and promote socioeconomic growth.
e.tv and eNCA developed a promotional feature, aptly titled Forerunners, to assist with Enterprise Development. This provides small and emerging companies with media exposure and helps grow turnover. This feature is a short profile of Exempt Micro Enterprise and Qualifying Small Enterprise businesses as defined by the B-BBEE codes. The cost of production and flighting on the channels is covered by the broadcasters.
In 2014 e.tv continued to assist emerging black-owned production companies by providing professional mentorship and financial assistance during the production of the e.tv series, eKasi: Our Stories. This included script workshops, technical and camera training, servicing and maintaining all equipment, and payment of all post-production costs. These are all efforts intended to help grow small and emerging local production companies, enabling them to become sustainable entities.
The recent changes to the B-BBEE codes by the Department of Trade and Industry has seen eMedia Holdings focus on further transformation strategies across the Group.
View all eMedia Holding companies B-BBEE certificates below.
- Sasani Africa
- Movimart Consumables
- Sabido Investems
- Media Film Services
The Group strives to reduce and eliminate the inequalities from the past legacies. To this end the company commits to adopt employment equity policies and strategies to:
- achieve equal opportunity in the workplace.
- overcome discrimination through training and development.
- ensure that employment equity becomes an integral strategic component of staff development.
- ensure elimination of workplace discrimination and social prejudice.
- set realistic targets and ensure measures are put in place to achieve them. e.tv and eNCA have established employment equity forums (“EEF”) to assist the company in promoting the EE objectives.
eMedia Holdings and its subsidiaries place a high value on employees as stakeholders in the business and recognise that people don’t work in a vacuum. To help manage and maintain good working relationships companies have implemented strong employee relationship policies that guide these relationships.
Non-discrimination in the workplace is a cornerstone of the Group’s philosophy and code of conduct. Reporting and investigating discriminatory incidents are firmly established within normal grievance and disciplinary procedures. In the spirit of supporting and developing their employees e.tv and eNCA have implemented a bursary programme to assist with the education of employees’ children from grade R up to high school. This benefit is applicable to biological, step and adopted children of employees. The companies endeavour to grant assistance to all qualifying employees based on a means test.
In addition, various innovative communication tools have been implemented to keep employees informed about company strategy. An example of this is the production of a weekly video insert for e.tv and eNCA staff members, updating them on the business. Inside may be viewed by staff on television screens around the offices nationally and on their computers.