President Jacob Zuma

“This a workshop, not a regular meeting of the BEE Advisory Council. It arises out of some of the decisions that were taken at the last meeting. The council members made a number of proposals to the council and the president then undertook that there would be a workshop so that we go through the proposals in detail,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said while addressing the media outside the closed-door workshop.

Davies said at the end of the meeting, the officials “can come out and give some indication of the broad direction of the outcomes”.

He said the proposals of the BEEAC are intended to strengthen the application of empowerment in South Africa.

Journalists had set up in the workshop, anticipating to record Zuma’s opening remarks but were ushered out when Zuma started chairing the event.