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Transforming South Africa through Supplier Diversity

We help Corporate South Africa Better Buy from and Develop Black Suppliers

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What makes us different

We help you sustainably integrate Black-owned suppliers into your supply chain - thereby directly improving your corporate brand and image, increasing market share, competitiveness and B-BBEE compliance, while indirectly growing black businesses, employment and our economy.

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Our Purpose

The SASDC exist primarily to addressing socio-economic challenges through value chain diversity and inclusion, thereby improving economic sustainability in alignment with the National Development Plan.

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Become a Corporate Member

The SASDC is a member-directed, not-for-profit organisation. It is the first of its kind in South Africa, and is affiliated with a global network of five other Supplier Diversity Councils. Members are like-minded private sector corporations, state-owned enterprises and universities that are committed to supplier diversity.

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Is your business majority-black owned and managed?

Become listed on the SASDC Database of Bona Fide Black Suppliers!

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Benefits & Services


We grant you access to SASDC Corporate members and a pool of verified Black Owned Suppliers and offer corporate branding and exposure through SASDC communication channels. Click on the read more tab to find out more





Become a Corporate Member


If you are a corporation that shares the same commitment to supplier diversity, contact us to find out how you can become a corporate member.






Certify your black owned business


Is your business 51% black owned, black controlled, black managed and well established?

If it ticks all the boxes, follow the link and take the next step in becoming listed on the SASDC database of bona fide Black Suppliers



















Our Team

The staff of the SASDC are from diverse backgrounds and similarly have a broad range of qualifications, experience and skill sets. We pride ourselves in having a team who are passionate about driving diversity, inclusion, and the growth and meaningful development of Black businesses in South Africa. Highly marketable for placement in both the public and private sector, the professionalism, passion and commitment as well as entrepreneurial and innovative thinking of each team member has become the cornerstone for success through continuity that the SASDC currently enjoys. This unique characteristic is in itself a value addition that the SASDC brings to any partnership.

Performance Statistics

Corporate Members
Certified Black Suppliers
people employed by certified suppliers
500Mill ZAR
Value of Spend between Corporates and Suppliers

Case Studies

SASOL and Libra Landscape

  • April 02 - 2019

In 2005, Eskom’s Horticulture Services Department decided to outsource their services. This affected many employees, including Ms. Lebo Ramakuela, who had worked at Eskom for 9 years. Ms. Ramakuela, a young black South African horticulturist, and her colleague Christo...

Rand Water and Reba Chemicals

  • January 31 - 2019

Initially established in 1982 after recognizing a gap in the availability of industrial chemicals in South Africa, Reba Chemicals (http://www.rebachemicals.co.za/) was sold in 2008 to its current owner and Managing Director, Mr. Freddy Motau. 

Shell SA & Nozihle Cleaning Services

  • January 31 - 2019

Nozihle Cleaning Services (Nozihle) (http://www.nozihlecleaningservices.co.za/) provides tailored cleaning, gardening, and hygiene services, specialising in environmentallyfriendly methods. Based in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, Nozihle was established...

Foskor and Deltron Consulting Pty (Ltd)

  • January 31 - 2019

Deltron Consulting was started in 2012 and currently has offices in both Johannesburg and Durban. The Durban office is responsible for all coastal projects in KZN, Eastern Cape, and Western Cape. Deltron Consulting (http://www.deltron.co.za/index.html)...

FAQs - About Certifcation

  • The Certification Process

    1. What is the fee for certification?

    • Certification requires R 1,140-00 (incl. VAT) non-refundable certification application fee.

    2. How long is the process for certification?

    • From the time we receive a completed and corrected Certification Application and package, the certification process can take anywhere from 30 to 60 days to complete.

  • Prospective Certified Supplier Qualifications

    1. What is the criteria set out for qualification of a bona fide black supplier?

    • Your company must be 51% or more black- owned, controlled and managed.

    • The persons who make up the majority ownership must be South African Citizens.

    • The highest titled position in the business (i.e. Managing Director or Member, CEO, Chairman of the Board etc.) must be held by a black person.

    • The business must be headquartered in South Africa.

    • The business must be compliant with the statutory requirements of South Africa.

    • The business must be operating and can demonstrate a clear product and/or service offering.

    2. I’m a black entrepreneur wishing to start up my own business. Can the SASDC help me?

    • Unfortunately the SASDC only works with established-black owned businesses who are ready to reach corporate procurement staff. We don’t specialize in enterprise development because there is already an extended network of assistance in that area.

    3. I’m a foundation or a service-providing non-profit organization. Can I become certified?

    • No, unfortunately the SASDC does not certify foundations or service-providing non-profit organizations at this time.

  • Boundaries of Certification

    1. Does the SASDC provide any funding?

    • No, unfortunately we do not provide financial assistance for SMME development.

    2. If the SASDC doesn’t provide any funding, can it facilitate funding support with other organizations, including its corporate members?

    • If you’re seeking financial support we recommend utilizing other resources focusing on enterprise development. While there are many sourcing of funding for South African SMME`s, the Department of Trade and Industry has compiled a list of financial support resources to qualifying companies in various sectors of the economy. Please visit their website here for more information. Once you`re transaction-ready and seek exposure to our corporate members, come back and seek certification!

    3. If the SASDC doesn’t provide funding, exactly how does the SASDC support SMME’s?

    • With multiple options available to SMME’s for Enterprise Development, the SASDC aims to be the leading service provider fostering business linkages between transaction-ready SMMEs and corporate enterprises.

FAQs - About Membership

  • Who can become a member of the SASDC?
    • Private sector companies registered and operating in South Africa
    • State-own Companies / Enterprises
    • Universities and Independent Tertiary institutions
  • What does it cost to be a member of the Council?

    We have a 2-tiered membership subscription structure which is determined by the Board of Directors.

    Core Membership with the basic benefits and services will come at an annual investment of R87,500 (excl. VAT).  Additional service requirements would be subject to a fee being levied.

    Charter Membership is always recommended because of the additional services and benefits that you will be able to access at an included discounted value.  This membership involves an annual investment of R175,000 (excl. VAT).

    * Annual subscriptions fees can be adjusted at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

  • Why should I pay for membership?

    The SASDC is corporate-led and driven and as a non-profit company, driven by our mission to create the best possible circumstances for corporate members and certified suppliers to do business.  Black owned businesses that we certify are beneficiaries of our mission.  Membership fees subsidize our certification processes, our supplier capacity building initiatives and linkage facilitation services, over and above the direct benefits and services rendered to our members.

  • What are the services and benefits of Membership?

    General Services and Benefits include the following:

    • Access to SASDC Corporate members and a Pool of verified Black Owned Suppliers
    • Targeted Interventions that speak to the burning supplier diversity / ESD platforms within each Corporate.
    • Exposure to Best Practice Tools, Guidelines and Training, as well as member service support with developing and implementing Supplier Diversity as well as Supplier Development strategy.
    • Corporate Branding and Exposure through SASDC communication channels.
    • Participation in events for Linkages and Match-making between our Corporates and the Black Owned suppliers that we certify
    • We offer our corporates training on supplier diversity best practice which ranges from half a day to the full 2-day programme.  In addition, we provide B-BBEE ESD training to procurement teams, the objective of which is to demonstrate the link between ESD and supplier diversity.
    • Involvement in SASDC Governance, Leadership and Operational Structures (Membership Advocacy, Supplier Certification, Capacity Building, and Black Supplier Input Committees) to drive member priorities and the organisation’s shared mission.
    • Facilitated and aligned Supplier Development interventions that support member specific supplier capacity building objectives
    • Access to a growing business network that extends to global partners around the world
    • Facilitating linkages between certified Black-owned suppliers and non-black owned businesses who are looking to partner and have specified partner requirements upfront (NB: we connect the parties but do not broker deals)

    In addition, we have established strategic partnerships with public sector players such as the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Small Business Development, the Small Enterprise Development Agency, etc. with the objective of creating channels of engagement for our corporate members as and when such needs arise.