BEE is a critical conversation for asset managers and one that must lead to impactful change, given that allocation of capital is essential for the growth, development and progression of the economy. Its success is essential if SA is to break out of the low-growth trap in which it finds itself.
Previously, I have argued for the need to shift the focus on the transformation of asset managers to look at the proportion of assets managed by black investment professionals at not only black firms, but also the number of black executives who are leading these businesses and the average level of black equity ownership in these businesses.
On this basis, if some of the emotion is taken out of the debate, the industry has made significant headway regarding transformation. But there is still a long way to go.
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