Transformation Milestone Achieved By Mint Group
As a Level 1 B-BBEE Contributor, this accreditation further re-affirms our BEE principles are integrated into the very fabric of our business.
Mint Group is proud to announce that over the past 12 months our investment into transformation across staff empowerment and growth, business growth and partnerships with our EME and QSE partners as well as participation in the YES initiative translated into our rating moving from a Level 3 to that of a Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Contributor.
The rating bears testament to the importance that we place on transformation within our business and reinforces our mission statement of “creating tomorrow by inspiring our employees, clients, and partners to reach their full potential through innovative technology solutions”.
“This milestone has been achieved through a determined focus on empowerment and diversity through all its different components. We believe in the B-BBEE vision and transformation goals, and we are committed to empowerment as a key requirement for the promotion of sustainable economic growth and social development in South Africa. For a SME of our size, we were able to invest in social and enterprise development initiatives at the grass-roots level by supporting Early Childhood Development (ECD) centers which allow us to be actively involved in the community as well as actively support local entrepreneurial talent”, says Carel du Toit, Mint Group CEO.
Mint Group has undergone a significant in-house transformation with two black female leaders who form part of the Board of Directors and have been instrumental in creating a broad-based black economic empowerment program, Ubuntu EmpowerMint, to incubate Exempt Micro Enterprises (EMEs) and Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs).
Ronelle Naidoo, Director and Board Member at Mint Group says “The updated rating is the result of a strategic, committed approach to transformation. Transformation is one of Mint’s key business focus areas, and we are excited about the opportunities we can create for EMEs and QSEs in the ICT sector, aimed at making a real difference to our industry and our country.”
Naidoo continues, “To further empower our value proposition to the ICT sector we have ignited our plans of transformation in synergy with the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) by launching the Ubuntu EmpowerMint Program. Mint has worked with EMEs and QSEs across South Africa to solve human problems through ICT and make a difference from the ground up. Ubuntu EmpowerMint is a vigorous program with strategic initiatives designed to identify start-ups to drive them towards EMEs, accelerate the development of EMEs to QSEs and ultimately to GENs (Generic Enterprises).”
The objective of this program is to cultivate the spirit of togetherness by empowering start-ups, (EMEs) and (QSEs) through investment, advisory and training to make a holistic contribution to the ICT sector of South Africa.
“We applaud Mint Group’s commitment to finding meaningful and sustainable ways to create a more inclusive economic environment and look forward to partnering with them to incubate EMEs and QSEs into our partner network. Partnerships like these are a critical enabler of truly transformative shifts in the industry for the country,” says Lillian Barnard, Managing Director at Microsoft South Africa.
Mint Group has empowered TAM Business Solutions as a preferred EME on strategic projects over the years. Tebogo Motsaapheko, Managing Director of TAM says, “We are eager to continue working with Mint as part of the Ubuntu EmpowerMint Program, as we continuously aim to diversify and form strategic alliances. We are proud to have grown our business from an EME to a QSE in the ICT sector. This program seeks to bridge the digital divide through ICT together with EMEs and QSEs to create a better tomorrow for all.”
Furthermore, as part of our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) strategy, Mint Group specifically focuses on early childhood development with the establishment of the Sekolo sa Dinaledi Trust in 2017, increasing its support of early childhood education initiatives, building strategic partnerships with organisations with similar focus and aligning its CSI strategy to the education of children in poverty-stricken areas of southern Gauteng.
According to Mint Group CFO, Yvonne Dias, “Our long-term strategy is to “Grow a Mintie”. We embrace a cradle-to-career model by identifying young talent from ECD level and support their education journey with the ultimate view of employing them within the business.”
“We are proud to be rated B-BBEE Level 1 and we know that there is still a lot more work to be done as we evolve as a business and as a country. We thank our board, employees, partners and all stakeholders who share our vision and support our determination on this important journey to transformation,” concludes Carel du Toit, Mint Group CEO.
Mint Group’s progress on transformation is monitored by the Group’s Executive team and Mint’s Transformation Committee, which sees transformation as integral to achieving our mission and vision of creating a better tomorrow for our employees, clients, and partners.
About Mint Group
Mint Group is a Microsoft Gold IT consultancy and systems integrator providing innovation and disruption in the digital age. As a Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) with expertise across all 3 Microsoft Clouds – Azure, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft 365, we craft solutions to help improve customer experience, increase agility, improve operational efficiency, and accelerate the digital transformation journey with AI and cognitive services for businesses and government institutions globally.