State defends BEE benefits for Chinese

September 21, 2015

ONLY 10,000 Chinese people in SA were eligible to benefit from black empowerment programmes, Department of Trade and Industry deputy director-general Sipho Zikode said on Thursday. During apartheid, South African citizens of Chinese descent were classed as "coloured". Under the new dispensation, they are therefore regarded as black for the purposes of redress.

The inclusion of Chinese people on the empowerment list has led to dissatisfaction in black business.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are about 10,000 descendants of Chinese migrants who came to SA from Guangdong in China from the 1870s until the mid-20th century.

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