WHAT IS AN EME (EXEMPTED MICRO ENTERPRISE)?

As a general rule, businesses with an annual turnover lower than R10 million qualifies as Exempted Micro Enterprises (EME). This means that a small business does not have to conduct a full BEE verification in order to achieve a BEE level. An EME is only required to produce a sworn affidavit, completed by the owners or directors, in order to confirm:

  • Personal / Company Detail
  • Annual total revenue / sales
  • Level of black ownership.

WHAT IS AN EXEMPTED MICRO ENTERPRISE?

As a general rule, businesses with an annual turnover lower than R10 million qualifies as Exempted Micro Enterprises (EME). This means that a small business does not have to conduct a full BEE verification in order to achieve a BEE level. An EME is only required to produce a sworn affidavit, completed by the owners or directors, in order to confirm:

  • Personal / Company Detail
  • Annual total revenue / sales
  • Level of black ownership.

EXEMPTED MICRO ENTERPRISE

“BEE Intelligent”

EME criteria are different between various industries. Standard Industry Specific Affidavit Templates are prescribed by the DTi.
You have to use the template applicable to your sector

Standard DTI Codes

  • Services (Most types)
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and Retail
  • Import and Export

Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 10 million

Construction: Contractors

  • Contractors:

    • Bricklayers
    • Plumbers
    • Electricians
    • Roof erectors
    • Product and Material Suppliers to the construction industry
    • Service providers to the construction industry

    Various other types of contractors

Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 3 million

Turnover between R 3 million and ≤ R 10 Million

Affidavit  – Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 3 million


Certificate ** –
Turnover between R 3 million and ≤ R 10 Million

(With 2 elements: Ownership as a priority element

skills or enterprise supplier development)

Turnover between R 3 million and ≤ R 10 Million

Construction: Built Environment Professionals

  • Built Environmental Professionals:

    • Architects
    • Quantity Surveyor
    • Engineers
    • Project Managers

    Various Other Professions

Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 1.8 million

Turnover between R 1.8 and ≤ R 6 million

Affidavit  –Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 1.8 million


Certificate ** –
Turnover between R 3 million and ≤ R 10 Million

Certificate **

(With 2 elements: Ownership as a priority element

Skills development or Preferential Procurement)

Information and Telecommunications

  • Computer related businesses
  • Software & App Suppliers
  • Software & App Developers
  • Telecommunication Related Businesses

Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 10 million

Tourism

  • Travel Agents
  • Game lodges
  • Conference venue
  • Attractions
  • Hotels
  • Guest Houses / B&B’s
  • Restaurants
  • Catering Businesses
  • Suppliers to the Tourism Industry

Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 5 million

Defence and Security sector

Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 5 million

Marketing and Advertising Sector

  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Design
  • Social Marketing
  • Experiential

Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 10 million

Chartered Accountant Sector

Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 5 million

Forestry

  • Plantations
  • Nurseries
  • Indigenous forests
  • Harvesting
  • Silviculture
  • Pole treatment plant
  • Charcoal producers

Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 10 million

Transport and Freight

  • Bus Commuter and Coach Services
  • Taxi Industry
  • Road Freight
  • Public Sector
  • Maritime Transport and Services Industry
  • Forwarding and Clearing (Imports and Exports)
  • Rail
  • Aviation (Flights)

Less than R 5 million

Certificate (BEE AUDIT)

Agricultural Sector

The primary production of agriculture (Fishing, Farming)

Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 10 million

Property Sector- Asset Based (Residential Property)

  • Houses
  • Community scheme (Flats and Town Houses)
  • Land zoned for development 

Net-asset value less than R 80 million

Property Sector- Commercial Services

  • Office Property
  • Industrial Property
  • Retail Property
  • Leisure Property

Turnover less than R 10 million

Property Sector- Estate Agents, Brokers, Valuation (Property services)

  • Property Ownership
  • Property Letting
  • Property Management
  • Property Sales
  • Property Valuation  

Turnover less than R 2.5 million

Financial Services Sector

  • Banking
  • Long-term insurance
  • Short-term insurance
  • Re-insurance
  • Retirement fund administration
  • The management of collective investment scheme asset
  • Financial services intermediate=ion and brokerage.
  • Public entities involved in financial sector e.g. DBSA
  • Asset management, consulting and administration

Turnover between R 0 and ≤ R 10 million

(** 40% on either skills or enterprise supplier development) (*** BEE Audit)

In support to a BEE EME Affidavit, small business owners may present a Tender Qualification Statement (TQS) confirming legitimacy of the business in terms of CIPC requirements, bank details, compliance to fundamental government regulations, black ownership and turnover. This TQS is issued in terms of ISRS 4400.

The TQS does not refer to, neither replaces, neither support, a BEE EME Affidavit. A TQS supports the basic business principles on the legitimacy of the business for tendering purposes. A BEE EME Affidavit is only but one document as part of the TQS pack.