About BEE Novation

BEE Novation is a consultancy specialising in transformation services. We’re obsessed with developing value-adding solutions to help businesses get back to what matters to them — the joy and purpose they were seeking when they started. In line with this obsession is an insistence on eliminating anything that stands between our clients and their goals. When those obstacles are out of the way, our client businesses can then think like Einstein, paint like Rembrandt and compose like Mozart. They get back to what they are and what they love.

When we help businesses comply with Broad-Based Economic Empowerment (in alignment with other legislation), we help ensure that instead of burdening the businesses, the outcome of those activities fuels those businesses’ day-to-day money-generating activities.

Note: you may be aware of drastic socio-political and statements we may have made to the media concerning the economy and other commercial matters. We are aware that it’s quite unconventional for business to interfere in such matters but being in the transformation space, we cannot stand by while the terrain in which our clients do business is tainted in the name of “radical economic transformation.” We know full-well that the purported ends to which the South African government effects cabinet reshuffles and nuclear power deals isn’t transformation because we know how the laws on transformation could be better-tweaked to achieve exactly the same ends without destroying our clients’ ability to function.

Managing Director

Lee du Preez

Aviator | Entrepreneur | Philanthropist

In 2015, Lee was selected to participate in President Obama’s Mandela-Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders — an intense leadership and business development program.Since then,he’s forged strong trade linkages in the US and across Africa. He’s also participated in Enactus Toronto, Johannesburg and Beijing World Cup events. Enactus uses entrepreneurship to help rural communities develop self-sustaining business solutions. Lee uses some of the same principles he uses as a member of the Enactus UKZN Business Advisory Board to apply BEE and help businesses enjoy sustainable profitability. In his local community, he’s vice-chairman on the Board of the Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home where they groom 70 orphaned, abused and abandoned children for life by exposing them to the broader world so they never back down from enterprise. He believes if society doesn’t prepare underprivileged children this way, it won’t sustainably combat poverty while protecting economic growth—which are two sides of the same responsibility. In this vein, he’s also on the Board of Business Fighting Crime, an organisation that supports Police and various other crime fighting organisations. Taking on these responsibilities is his way of ensuring the business environment remains conducive to sustainable economic growth.

BEE Specialist

Dionne Farai Makuwaza

Economist | BEE Consultant

This BEE expert brings an understanding of what policy shifts mean for our clients’ businesses. She’s worked as a sales manager, has a degree in Economics and is completing her Masters in Agricultural Economics. She remains abreast of events in different industrial sectors and government ministries, cross-checking those insights against the data she collates from clients to ensure they’re compliant not only with what BEE is now, but also with what it’s likely to become.

Business Management Consultant

Zibu Sotobe

Coach | Business Management Consultant | Speaker

Zibu has an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch, an MDP from UNISA’s School of Business Leadership, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science and Information Technology from the University of Zululand. In 2015, she was selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow and met then-President Barack Obama, helping her strengthen her connections across the world and allowing her access to invaluable information on how global markets see South Africa. She’s received international recognition by, for example, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business as one of their Top 30 “Influential Leaders” in 2016, having received nominations from 22 countries. She serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Innovation Hub (a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency dedicated to identifying, developing and mentoring business innovation in South Africa) and uses her vast business experience to help us identify sectorial gaps on our clients’ behalf.

Skills Development

Brandon Rajah


With many years’ experience facilitating skills development, Brandon is here to ensure that Workplace Skills Plans and Annual Training Reports are submitted to relevant SETAs on time and accurately so our clients can claim as many BEE points as possible (along with SARS rebates, SETA grant money pay-outs and other benefits). He assists BEE Novation’s clients stay on track with mandatory reports and submissions throughout the year; more importantly, he helps ensure that their existing training interventions are aligned with their BEE needs so they don’t spend money unnecessarily. Brandon continues to develop his portfolios as a Skills Development Practitioner, an IT whiz and graphic designer.

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